🙂 The end of the year is upon us! Christmastime has passed for some of us, and yours truly received this little cotton ball from her sister:
He’s two months old. We’re bonding right now. So far I’ve learned that he hates sudden loud noises (don’t we all) and gets excited over music. My kind of bunny! Also, he pees in a litter box like a cat. So great. ^_^
Anywho, Christmas was good! I got my brother a rather loud, lime green golf shirt, and he really likes it, so score! In less awesome news, during a card game called Spoons (I think), I sustained I lovely, poisonous snake bite looking injury to my middle finger from my father’s non-nails as the overly competitive man wrenched a spoon out of my grasp. Thankfully, it’s healing really well, so I won’t have to super glue someone’s butt to his chair come Monday. sticks a pin in imaginary voodoo doll
SO, getting back to awesome news, onto the work in progress check in —————————————->
Last report wordcount + chapter count:
The Raven = 50,135 words, Chapter 32
Current report WC + CC:
The Raven = FIRST DRAFT DONE!!! (All 46 freaking chapters!)
Yep, I finished Monday night. ^_^
Just in time for Christmas, and 9 days before my self-imposed deadline. So, I wrote a little over 16k words this month despite my extended post-NaNo break.
I’ve also written a little bit on another project, but it’s going to be rewritten later so it doesn’t count.
WIP Issues This Month:
No issues with the story, just issues sitting DOWN. I read somewhere this month that while I can multitask, I can only multitask so many things at a time. So….I need to work on that. Lol! >.<
What I learned this month in writing:
1* Deadlines are a MUST! I swear, if I don’t impose a deadline on myself, I get absolutely nothing done for weeks.
2* It doesn’t matter what the temperature is outside, if it’s cold inside TURN THE HEAT ON. Icy fingers and typing do not go together.
3* Shiny new ideas are a great motivator to finish a draft when I start dragging my feet.
4* I really can write a kick-butt ending. They don’t always have to be corny or abrupt or just plain suck. THANK YOU, GOD!!! falls to knees and raises arms to the heavens You have no idea, people, you have no idea. Best ending I’ve ever written. Perfect flow. Excitement. Action. Emotion. Perfection. cries
What distracted me this month while writing:
I’ve been obsessed the last two months with getting my finances in great shape so I can take a lavish-ish vacation next year and start saving up for a few things I want to buy sometime in the future. I’ve been reading money books like it’s something I’m actually interested in, and now I’m doing a home study course on finances and having a blast! (For realz). But I’m getting obsessed so I promised myself that after this, I will move on to something else. I’ve already started reading some kind of science-y book. I have no idea what she’s talking about as I’ve only read a few pages of the sample, but it’s interesting, so I’m probably going to buy it in a few days. I also have no idea what I was looking up on Amazon that this book popped up, but I liked the cover so of course I’m checking it out. (It’s PURPLE and SHINY like my brain. ^_^)
Goal for next month:
Work out the kinks in the shiny new idea I gushed about a couple of weeks ago and hopefully outline some of that and get some mild research in while I’m at it. I’ve already done a preliminary outline of the opening chapters and a trial Chapter One to test out the opening protagonist’s voice and get a feel for the time period. It went quite well. insert Cheshire Cat Grin here And I was being SO bad, working on that instead of “The Raven” but I got back to it. 🙂
Last 200 words:
Well, it’s the ending (which I LOVE by the way). I wanted to share the last sentence at least because it’s a lot better upon rereading it than I thought it was, haha, but it’s so spoilery I should be slapped. Like really, I couldn’t have made it any more spoilery if I tried. And my opening paragraph isn’t exciting. I love it, but literally, nothing is going on. Ah well, maybe next time. Let the compiling of revision notes commence!