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Nanofimo Wrap

I drove home from the coffee shop singing, which is something I only do when no one else is in the car, because even my mother, who loves me and believes I am the most wonderful and talented daughter in the world, doesn’t think I can sing worth a damn.

I sang:

Thirty thousand words,

Thirty thousand words,

I am so awesome

I wrote thirty thousand words!

So yes, as y’all can probably guess, I did 30K this November.

And that’s pretty good. I generally get out two or three times a week and write a minimum thousand words, which works out to about 12K a month, unless I’m under Terrifying Screaming Deadline or hit the groove or something, which makes..oh, let’s say 150K words a year, because I take whole weeks off when traveling, and then some days I throw down four thousand words and go “Awww, yeah!” So 30K, even if it’s not the full 50 of a Nanowrimo challenge, is a pretty good sum for me in a single month, particularly a month that involved a road trip, Thanksgiving, and tearing up old carpeting.

Hey, I write short books for a living, what can I say?

I look back at my stated Nanofimo goals. It’s a mixed bag.

  • Didn’t touch the thing with the Goblins. Sigh.
  • Did add 8.6K to Armadillo Wizard, which I am going to call Very Close To Goal. (Okay, like 4K of that was BEFORE November, but anything over the 18K I started with makes me happy.)
  • Added around 10K worth of connective tissue to Slate. Carved out a big chunk too, though, putting me at 73.5K there. And these are good solid filling out the plot Point A-to-Point B words, not just me writing extra scenes and shoving them at the end in hopes I’ll figure out where they go eventually.  (Yes, I do this. Sometimes they go somewhere! Sometimes they never do, and then I gradually remove them as they become obviously useless.)
  • Got 5K on the next Hamster Princess book, (The Twelve Dancing Mouse Princesses) which is not actually due until 2015, but it’s still nice to have. (This book may run around 18K all told, so 5K is actually a Substantial Portion Of The Text.)
  • Added various odds and ends to various other projects—another few chunks on House with Bird Feet (awaiting agent notes before going too hog wild) plus almost 9K on something that which is looking promising as a middle-grade book sometime in the semi-distant future.

All in all, y’know,  it was pretty productive. I do wish I’d finished the Goblins, but I got pretty close to my goal on Armadillo Wizard, which is moving along nicely, and I put a hurtin’ on the Slate project, which is now much farther along, even if I didn’t finish it this month. I’m actually very pleased with the middle-grade thing—I foresee coming back to that one and going “awwwww yeah!” someday—and Hamster Princess 2 is just gravy.

I was joking earlier about pretending not to be disappointed with not making 50K, but when I lay it all out, I don’t actually have to pretend very hard. For the near future, I will probably keep alternating between Hamster and Armadillo* until I get edits on the two outstanding projects, but overall…not too shabby!

Hope you guys also had a productive Nanowhatevermo!


*Glancing at some of these working titles, I am thinking that maybe it is obvious that I am a trifle dotty about animals

Originally published at Tea with the Squash God. You can comment here or there.


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Hurray for productivity!

Dare we ask if there is any work status on Regency Ninjas? (I may have read the previous bits aloud to some friends this morning, followed by them theoretically cursing me for dangling something Not Yet In Print at them like that.)

Haven't heard anything in awhile. Most likely the one editor has passed, and my agent is holding onto it going "Someday, I will meet the person who will buy this book..." and keeping an eye peeled, but that's at best conjecture.

If she hasn't waved it vaguely in the direction of, I dunno, DAW? Maybe that would be a potential? I remember when SF&F came in thin books... Can't think it'd fit Baen, alas.

Or Pyr/Prometheus? I've seen some rather offbeat things from them.


Those discarded scenes would be really well-written fanfic. :)
I couldn't guess whether you could make enough money from them to be worth the sales effort, though. Do you have a website with a donate button?

Sounds like an awesomely productive month to me! Congrats!

Oh well done :-)

I did ReMoPodMo - Record More Podfic Month. And I produced and posted over 8 hours of podfic!

Was anything new started?

Three things! One probably won't do much, one's already sold (Hamster 2) and the middle-grade thing.

Cool! I am not a writer so I am always amazed at how much writers can create!

This year, I was planning on doing leatherwork and programming, but talked too loudly and got buried under an avalanche of paperwork. So I did a NaDoAdMo - Do Administration Month. Two pieces left to do, one of which I've got scheduled in for tomorrow, and the other I'll do on Sunday (I've had to wait for info to do that), and nine or ten large long-outstanding paperwork tasks done, which is quite good going for an adminophobe.

Did anyone notice the bit where she is making substantial progress on a book not due for THREE fortheloveofgod YEARS? Love you, Ursula, but I think I will go comfort myself with the tea of the unworthy.

No, no! Don't feel bad! I have a Dragonbreath due in less than a year, and I still haven't started it--I just wanted to work on Hamster Princess!

Well, ok, as long as there was some procrastination involved... but I'm still going to get some tea.

It's easier to work on something that isn't what you should be working on. I think of it as productivity through procrastination. It's like the kung-fu of time management -- you use it's own force against it!

I am trying to get my life set up such that I have the correct balance of projects such that I can always procrastinate on one by working on a different one, and thereby cause immense productivity to happen entirely via displacement activity.

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Re: This has made it into the literature...

Childcare is of course the Known Issue.

I consider that the holy grail, but I've never been able to manage it for more than week running. Something dreadfully urgent either comes up, or I finish something and lose my zoom until something's become dreadfully urgent.

that's also benchley's law

"Anyone can do any amount of work provided it isn't the work he is supposed to be doing at the moment."

Re: that's also benchley's law

Awesome! I didn't know it had been codified.

I know, i have trouble meeting deadlines that are a week and a half away, the idea of 2015 is just entirely unfathomable!

Congrats on 30k.

I'm curious, for big projects do you keep it as one massive Word document, cut it into a bunch of little ones, or use some specialty program like scrivener or what? 73.5k seems like a lot to have in one chunk so I assume there must be some sort of organization to it.

One massive Word doc, all the way. I know there's many fancy things that will break it all into nice chunks, but I learned to write with a file as long as my arm, and that's how I've stayed.

Plus I'm never sure about chapter breaks until I'm right up on them, and I'm prone to slicing out bits and moving them to other bits during the revision process, or going "Okay, this is here, so...page up, page up...now it's foreshadowed here." So it's easier to have it all laying around.

You know, a picture is worth a thousand words, so if you did 20 illustrations this month...

I just made it past the 10k mark thanks to your post reminding me to take mine out and poke at it. Which is about a third of my original goal of "30k on a finished Drowning City script".

And I am in a similar place of being pleased with what I accomplished, even if I didn't "win Nanowrimo" or accomplish my own more-limited goals. There's some A-to-B writing in it that wasn't there before, and the whole story feels more solid.

Congratulations on successfully using NNWM to Get Some Shit Done!

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