Fiction Writing and Other Oddities

Monday, November 07, 2011

NaNoWriMo Update

National Novel Writing Month Update
As we're heading into the second week, I've hit 10k words written on a historical mystery (as opposed to a hysterical mystery) Hidden Aspects. It's going pretty well, but it's an uphill battle now where I have to fight for each word, the reason being that we are moving into the "laying down of clues" arena where things have to make sense and build the mystery.

All threads are pointing to one suspect at the moment. This person was originally intended to be my killer, but I've since started to wonder if I shouldn't shift that role to someone else. This person just looks too guilty early on, if you know what I mean.

Of course, there's always the handy Agatha Christie Murder on the Orient Express technique of just making everyone guilty. LOL

Must rethink....
Or must not...because all this writing is making my brain feverish and I'm having trouble turning it off to sleep at night. Which I suppose could be a good thing if it weren't for the fact I have a day job and can't walk around fuzzy all day.

On another front, I'm starting to sweat about writing 50k because we're now destined to have a guest over the Thanksgiving holidays. So instead of sitting down and churning out another 20k words or so over the last week (and finish!) I may have to do other things, instead. Like clean house. And shop. And actually cook something. And entertain a guest, which we're ill-equipped to do since we live out in the country where, unless you like to birdwatch, hunt, fish, or do some other outdoor activity, there's not a lot to do. We don't have things like "wiis" or "X-box" or whatever those things are that you hook up to a TV. And we're about 60 miles away from the nearest mall. Not to mention that I'd rather sit naked in a pit of rattlesnakes than go shopping.

We'll just have to see what we can do.

Then there's the cooking, thing. I usually only cook one meal a day. Take it or leave it. Don't get me wrong, I almost enjoy cooking, particularly when I don't have to. In fact, I cooked a pot roast last night and it was good. And is now gone because it was so good. There was one tiny piece left but hubby ate that for breakfast, meaning I have to cook again tonight! I was hoping for leftovers...but never fear, I believe a Mexican Lasagne is in order as that should provide enough for two nights. (Yes, we're piglets, but it was a very small pot roast and the lasagne isn't all that big, either.)

Anyway, I've got to get back to work, but I just wanted to do a quick update.


Eloise Hill said...

Amy, I feel your pain:) I'm not doing NaNo, but am working on finishing the 2nd book in my series and feel that life/work balance tipping, too. I am trying to get up earlier for some extra am writing and pressing the crockpot into service more than usual. Very impressed you actually cook one meal a day, BTW!

Amy said...

Hi and thanks!
Some days it's a grind to cook that meal, but I can't seem to give it up. LOL On rare occasions, though, we'll have bacon and eggs for dinner. We've done that maybe three times in 15 years, though, so I guess it's not too bad.

I have virtually given up on a neat and tidy house, however. Do you remember the Bumpus dogs from "A Christmas Story"? Yeah. Well. We have a similar situation with two dogs and two cats who feel perfectly free to dash through the house at various intervals, spreading destruction and debris in their wake. I now try to pretend the fine coating of clay dirt all over everything is simply talcolm powder. It has the same consistency and sticking power, at any rate, so...
(Isn't my spelling atrocious?)
Thanks for stopping by!

The Write Now! Coach said...

Hi all--I am in the same boat: hosting my family (11 strong) for Thanksgiving for the first time, blogging daily about NaNo, doing NaNo, and being on blog tour for my new book, Write-A-Thon: Write Your Book in 26 Days (And Live to Tell About It). I keep telling myself: make it fun. Sticking to writing what's fun and interesting has helped me a ton. By the way, I am giving away a bunch of stuff on my blog all month--so please do stop by: