Posted by on Nov 12, 2015 in Pentamerone (Tale of Tales), Personally..., The Green Bird, WoC | 0 comments

Winning at feet.

Winning at feet.

  • So, remember how I told you I had a Class Two sprain on my ankle? Well, we later found out it was a Class Four sprain. Then I dropped three large folding tables on my toe on the same foot at our NaNoWriMo kick-off party. When I went to get that x-rayed, the doctor was basically like, yeah, yeah, toe whatever but OMG what is wrong with your ankle?!?! So, they x-rayed both and while I do have a bad crush injury on my big toe, my ankle is still far from better so I’ve got it back in a brace and have to go back for more x-rays in a few weeks. It’s one of those things where it hurt a bit less so I just started walking on it again because Mama has stuff to do but the swelling never went down and it never really stopped hurting. Apparently, if you don’t actually rest a major injury at all, it doesn’t get better magically. Who knew? On the plus side, the pain medication I’m on for my various foot problems is keeping the joint pain I always get during NaNoWriMo at bay.
  • I also cut my hand and fractured a tooth since we last spoke because I am a winner at life. You really can’t take me anywhere.
  • At the moment I’m writing this on Tuesday night (11/10) my NaNoWriMo word count is 41,857 which is pretty snazzy. I’m busting my butt to finish my total rewrite of the Polar-Twilight-as-a-novel book (which desperately needs a better project nickname) before the midpoint of the month. That’s because I want to be able to let it rest of a full month before I start editing it but I also want the boost of editing it during the Christmas season (as it’s about Christmas, duh) so it’s a bit of a race. I meticulously outlined this rewrite and, while this draft is messy, it’s mostly working so my hopes are moderately (but realistically) high.
  • Once I finish the first draft of the rewrite, I’ll be using the rest of the month to work on several things. Getting the revisions done of the rest of my fairy tale plays, finishing the one-act version of The Green Bird and making some progress on my NaNoWriMo book are my highest priorities but we’ll see how everything shakes out. The problem with being an ML and doing revision stuff is that I can’t opt out of the word wars so, while I can edit on my own time, when it comes to write-ins once I run out of things to write, I’ll likely have to start something else so that I can play along with everyone else.
  • As I write this, my word count for the year is 597,094. As my goal was 600,000 words I decided to up it a bit more to 650,000. I don’t really think I’ll be able to write that much as it means a full extra 50k but since November marks the end of my writing year, I wanted to give myself a stretch goal to keep my head in the game. I think I have at least another 20,000 words left in my novel which gives me 30k for all my revision projects which seems doable, though we’ll see.
  • Another reason I’m trying so hard to get ahead is that I have some productions to attend in the next few weeks which will cut into writing time.
  • As we move into the end of the year, I wanted to start prioritizing older projects for next year which means I’ll probably sit down and read through a bunch of old drafts to figure out what’s what. As always, I’ll end NaNoWriMo by totally redoing my word count spreadsheet for next year, tweaking my goals and whatnot.
  • Lastly, they’ve been replacing our roof for a week and a half now and the toddler and I have been trapped inside AND she hasn’t been napping so everyone is a little stir crazy. When you look at my word count for NaNo, appreciate that I did that without naps which are the bulk of my writing time. And with the sound of endless hammers. So much hammering… *shudders*

This month is nuts. But in a good way!

Mostly. 🙂