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Christmas 2014 & #WIPMarathon Report #11 (December)

πŸ™‚ 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:

Meet Merlin! The Sable-Point Long-Haired Lionhead Dwarf Bunny! A name larger than the bunny himself…

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 =Β 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 thatΒ 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. πŸ™‚

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!



  • suzannevanrooyen14

    Congrats on finishing your draft and writing that kickass ending! Also, your bunny is adorable!! Now I want one… although I think my dog might see it as a chew toy :/

    May 2015 bring you all the words! πŸ™‚

  • Amy McNulty

    Congrats! *confetti* I’m so glad to hear you finished the draft this month! πŸ˜‰ Good luck with edits.

    That is one adorable pet! Ha, hope your injury didn’t stop you from typing!

    Bets of luck saving up for a trip next year!

    • krystal jane

      Confetti! ^_^
      I feel like most of my story is a hot mess, but that makes editing all the more fun. πŸ™‚

      I can still type! It is a smidge harder to write by hand because that’s the finger I tend to rest my pen on, but that is what bandages are for.. Ha,ha!

      Thank you!

  • Emma Adams (@ELAdams12)

    Merlin is absolutely adorable!

    Haha, I can see the potential for injury playing Spoons. I remember playing the same game with pens, and people accidentally getting stabbed. πŸ˜›

    Great job finishing your draft! Self-imposed deadlines are pretty much the reason I get anything done. As for the multitasking… I need to work at turning the internet OFF when writing.

    Here’s to a great new writing year!

    • krystal jane

      Oh my! I can imagine playing with pens. That would get dangerous!

      Thank you! You know, I keep hearing about this Internet off button, bit I’ve yet to find it. Ha,ha. >.<

      Here's to next year! *raises half-full glass*

  • Ifeoma Dennis

    Whew! Congrats! Nothing beats the feeling of achieving your goal before a deadline! Although of course, I’m not surprised. I’ll have to borrow your idea of setting deadlines next year, as I have a lot of things that need to be done.

    Gotta love vacations! Go for it! And when you do, take pictures and share with us πŸ˜€

    Wishing you all the best and more next year! <3

    • krystal jane

      Right?! Thank you! ^_^
      Oh, do! Set some up! Deadlines are a Godsend. They need to be reasonable, of course, but its good to be challenged. πŸ™‚

      I’m always good to take pictures! Lol!
      All the best for 2015!! <3 ^_^

    • krystal jane

      Thanks! ^_^ It felt really REALLY good for some reason.

      I can imagine! I’ve been known to claw people accidentally on purpose on occasion. I miss having a cat, but I think the bunny will do well. πŸ™‚

  • Jodi

    I’m sorry, I tried really hard to concentrate on your WIP Report but struggled big time with Merlin’s cuteness making me melt all over my keyboard! I have a lion head bunny too, but he’s pure black. His name is Muggle and he’s awesome…he’s my classroom pet at school and the kids love him. Congrats on Merlin! He is ADORABLE.

    So I’m laughing at the part in your WIP Report where you say “…I can multitask,” because I just now said in my report that I CAN’T multitask. I even added a little sidebar in there saying something like “Krystal, you need to do a post on multitasking,” all BEFORE reading this. ;-D

    Happy New Year girly!

    • krystal jane

      ^_^ Lol! Kindred spirits. ^_^
      Muggle is a great name for a bunny! And both M names, too. Ha,ha!

      I CAN do a multitasking post! How to multitask AND keep it in check! Adding it to the list. πŸ˜‰ πŸ˜€

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