November Update – Or: Prepping for The Damn December Write-In
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I haven’t updated in a while, so I’m going to do that, while I am laid up with back spasms and off work. Before you ask, yes I am fine. And no, I have no idea what caused the back pain other than it is here, and it’s bothersome.

(The moral of the story, I guess, is that I shouldn’t take a nap in the midst of doing three loads of laundry (that I have to run up and down three flights of stairs to accomplish). That was roughly when the spasms reared their ugly head, but whether I can attribute it to one or the other I have no clue.)

…And I have been hysterically high on the meds the urgent care doctor gave me… So there’s that.

I don’t like being high, for the record. It impedes way too much progress.

And it makes me feel weird.

And itchy.

…itchy…tasty…

To this end I have been laying around and reading. A lot. Because that is pretty much all I can do. But that’s fine with me. In two weeks time I am planning to launch myself headfirst into a new writing project, and I am trying to get some reading done before the launch begins. I have one more of the Blood Magic Challenge books to get to (Maureen Johnson’s The Name of the Star). I have one more Newbery contender I would like to read (Rebecca Stead’s Liar and Spy). I was trying to get to 150 reads this year, but that’s not going to happen (in 2010 I did 153, 137 in 2011). I would be happy with 130, but that’s pushing it too. At this point I am sitting at 121, but I seriously doubt I can finish 9 books in 11 days time… unless I read short stories. Or manga. Then I could hit that. Easily.

I have to accept that I am never going to hit 150 a year again. It was a one time boast that I will never achieve again, particularly if I manage to attain the once a year seasonal writing dominance like I did last year. Last year I accepted that I only read 137 books because last minute I wrote a 109,000 thousand word novel (in 34 days *raises roof*). So far this year I have read 121 books (short stories included), redrafted my own manuscript 5 times (yep, 5!) and I’m likely to start writing a second something… so given all of those things, I think cracking 100 books is pretty damn good.

In reality it goes from reading one book every 2.386 days to one every 2.664 days and now to 3 days. Approximately. So I lost half a day and accomplished all that.

And I work a full time schedule.

And I have a boyfriend.

AND I MAINTAINED A SOCIAL LIFE!

Well, barely. *grins*

So, if I managed all that I really can’t complain. We’ll see what next year looks like books-wise.

I am looking forward to writing the new idea. Technically, it’s an idea I had the same day the last one came to me. That fateful day (which will live in infamy in my house) spawned about a dozen ideas from the one seed of inspiration. So, this time we will work on another one of them. Will I be as successful is another story? Who knows. Last time the idea just flowed. This time I have had more time to plot it out, which may prove awesome or detrimental. I am preparing myself to be unsuccessful, but I am hoping for the best. I don’t want to be disappointed after a year’s worth of anticipation.

I am going to try to write up draft zero (according to a writing friend that’s what it is called) in the same amount of time. It seems to work well for me to give myself the month. I know, I could have done Nanowrimo like everyone else, but I prefer to keep it to December. Work in December becomes crazy (hello holiday retail hell) and I need the project to occupy my brain. Last year this worked REALLY well, so we’ll see if I can do it again. 109,000 words in 34 days = 3205.88 words a day. Which, for me, ended up being a chapter a day, which sounds a lot less daunting when I think about it that way.

Here’s hoping I can hit even close to that again.

Before the great writing project commenceth I have to do one thing beforehand – crystallize ginger. A lot of it. I did this last year just by coincidence and it made for a great snack during the writing process. I’m not superstitious, but I think it couldn’t hurt to set up similar conditions. Hey, everything will help at this point.

Must remember to make limeade too then.

Just because.

Good luck this week all! May Thanksgiving and Black Friday treat you kindly. Be nice to cashiers and servers this weekend (please tip them!). It’s Hellweek, one and all.

– BP

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