Monday, November 15, 2010

Monday Meeting, Happy Belated Birthday, Cowgirl!

Phew.  I made it in to the "office" today.  So many weeks fly by when I can't get to our meeting. You know, where you and I make goals for the week, and then dish about how writing is going? I know, it's been awhile. And as excuses go, I have some good ones.  For last week, anyway:

Last Monday was Cowgirl's 5th birthday. Here we are celebrating with an ice cream and baby dolls. Everything was pink, and Cowgirl had a blast.

We had more celebrations last week, but I will save them for the next post.

On the writing front, I am way behind on my NaNo words.  I haven't thrown in the towel, but it is likely that November may be the busiest month of the year for me, even without NaNo.  I did have an excellent breakthrough thought this morning on how to move forward with the novel.  So, we'll see!  Thanks to all my crit partners for hanging in during this hectic time. :) 

I don't think I've talked all that much about my NaNo project on the blog. I'm drafting a dystopic YA.  Squarely YA.  It's not cuspy at all.  I recently switched tenses, which is always fun mid-draft, and I am thinking of narrowing my focus from two POV's to one.  I'm having fun with the story, and just got over the whole 'why the heck am I writing drivel and pretending it's a novel?' bump.  So, in my estimation, it should be all good to the end, right?  And, I'm just about to blow something up, so that should be really good. :)

My only goal is to move forward with the story, and to take a look at my MG revisions.  I'm not tasking myself to NaNo word counts, but I'm still full of hope that I'll get those back on track.  

How are you doing?  What are you working on?  Gotten over any humps recently??  Have a great week!  


  1. Ooooh, blowing stuff up! How fun!! I've never blown anything up in a book... or IRL, actually. I'm even scared of lighting fireworks...

    Happy b-day to your cowgirl!! Such a li'l cutie!

  2. Good luck with the dystopian. I'm trying out my first YA too, barely at the end of Act One. I don't even try to do Nano. I don't work that way. I need 3-4 months. And, any wordcount that you can get in is progress, so who cares about "winning" Nano - you have young kids. They have to come first.

  3. Blow it up, baby! :)
    I'm just happy to have time to write after my month off. My goal is just 1000-2000 words this week plus attend the Writeoncon event tonight.

  4. ooooooh dystopian! Woot! Can't wait to hear more about it.

    I'm doing NaNo too. First year for me. I'm swinging with an urban fantasy YA inspired loosely by The Ransom of Redchief. What's your NaNo profile? Being as it's my first year, I'm still trying to figure the site out, while writing on the project and a get a round of queries together. Needless to say, I'm behind in my goal... :)

  5. M--Yes, such fun! Loved your excerpt the other day--can't wait to see more... Thanks for the birthday wishes!

    Laura--so true. About the kids. I love it that you know how you work best. That is always half the battle.

    Kelly--sounds like great goals. I'll have to check the Writeoncon thing--it wasn't on my radar. Thanks!

    A.Grey--I'm HeatherLane. I searched for you there, but couldn't find you! I'm behind too. I'm just at 10K--but you never know!!

  6. Cool, H! I am excited about your project! And words is words is words. Some days any is a feat and breakthroughs are priceless!

  7. I love reading YA dystopian. Go Heather! And you mentioned an important hump to get over: the "Why am I doing this again?" lack of confidence can haunt me until I remember that it's fun, that I couldn't not do it.

    Way behind on writing, catching up on blogs, etc., but that's life w/kids. Yes, November IS busy!