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NaNo Dix

Yes, it has been ten years since I did my first NaNoWriMo. My son was a toddler (nowadays he is disconcertingly tall). That first effort was intended to break me out of a rut of endlessly writing and rewriting the same high fantasy trilogy I had been working on since my college days; that November’s efforts were eventually self-published as Tisiphone’s Quest.

I haven’t looked at those trunked books in years. I do have a further stack of half-finished novels and a couple of finished ones that have yet to find any homes. Most of them are standalone stories, and none of them have much in common with one another, so I’ve certainly gotten out of any ruts in terms of material. I’m a little surprised to find that I’m still cheerful about the whole thing. Sales or not, results or not, it’s fun just to do it, to throw yourself headlong into a story for a month and see what happens.

Day 2; so far, so good.

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Countdown!

It’s the last update of October, but all eyes are forward right now! Only a few more days until we dive headlong into another NaNoWriMo. I’ve got a collection of world-building notes, an inkling of a plot, a vague outline of a character. It’s more than I’ve had some years at this point, and there are still a few days left to work with. I feel like this will be a fun project (but I’ve thought that before; they always seem to grow serious in the writing).

I made it through my annual solo week with no more than the usual exhaustion. It gets easier as the kids get older, but it’s always instructive to tote up just how much energy it takes to keep the household running by myself. There tends to not be much left over at the end of the day. Today has been pretty good in terms of productivity and relaxation both. It’s very damp and chilly, an excellent day to stay indoors, and so there has been knitting, and baking, and cleaning, and writing.

And reading! I’ve been enjoying a visit with Fritz Lieber. I’m not sure I’ve ever actually read this one before, despite having had it on the shelf for ages–a single-volume combo of Swords in the Mist and Swords Against Wizardry. The style is obviously dated, but Lieber’s descriptive language is a delight, and the adventures themselves have a cheerful freshness. This choice of material is probably some kind of subconscious revolt against the steadily increasing height of my to-read stack, which has overgrown the bedroom shelf and started taking over the kitchen.

Next time I see you, we’ll be several days into our new projects. Have fun!

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My mother is visiting, so there isn’t much else going on this week. This picture was taken on a gorgeous calm afternoon at Monomoy National Wildlife Refuge. We walked on the beach (and in the water — brr) and kept saying, “Wow!”

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Chickens!

It’s not a visit to the fair without pictures of fancy chickens. Given the New England weather for the past week, we were afraid we wouldn’t be able to go, but while the day was overcast and cool, it didn’t actually rain. I picked up yet another skein of alpaca yarn to be used for… something, someday, and we all enjoyed the usual traditions. The kids had a fine time.

Progress on the book continues — just going to pause and savor that for a second — as I have only fifty pages of revision still to go. No reason I should be back in new territory by the end of this week. I’ve got a little collection of ideas for the NaNo project as well, so am more confident that I won’t be plunging into that blindly.

The habit tracker is ticking over nicely these days. Everything is still going swimmingly.

 

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Everything Shines

Not sure what I’m doing right these days, or if this is all just some transient biochemical blessing unconnected to my own efforts, but I feel so good about everything right now.

I am just about 1/3 of the way through revising what I’ve already got written of Fairy Hills. I feel excited and happy to be writing this book again, which is a welcome change from the past few months. I keep relearning the lesson, that if working on a story feels like dire travail, there is something out of alignment. Wordcount has not moved much (46,539), but I hope to get through the revisions quickly and back to new territory.

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Everything else is humming right along. I’ve been meditating, practicing French, doing my morning pages, paying attention to my water intake. I’m taking a few days off from running because my ankle was bothering me, but I’m going to give it a try tomorrow and see what happens. I re-read The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy series over the past week or so and found that it retains its charm after all of these years. Autumnal weather is finally here, so I am likely to shift back to knitting more. My daughter and I made macarons.

Title of the post is from this song by Mitch King, to which I have been listening rather a lot this week.

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Work in Progress – September

This month has flown! Once I got over being sick, someone put the pedal down. I’ve gotten back all of the energy I feel like I’ve been missing for ages now. My habit tracker this month is a thing of beauty, folks.

Writing first: I’ve figured out what I need to do with Fairy Hills. Again. Writing is like that. Wordcount is currently at 46,220, which means I have a month to write 44k before NaNoWriMo starts. This is ambitious, in that it basically means a double writing marathon, but hey, aim high. Speaking of NaNo, I do have an idea finally, working title Cartography of Souls. At the moment it’s looking like a second world fantasy, my first in a very long time now.  Time to dust off my world-building skills.

In other news, I have been exercising consistently, I’m on my longest meditation and language study streaks in forever, I haven’t missed a morning pages day since I started doing them (only three weeks ago, mind), I’ve gotten a lot of reading done (I’m on a Douglas Adams kick right now) and am only seven books behind on my goal this year. I applied for and got a volunteer position as managing editor for a web site related to my day job (more on that later maybe, but I don’t like crossing the streams), and I’m going to be taking a virtual class on coaching over the next couple of months as well.

Everyone is healthy at home and more or less settled back into the school year routine. Things are really awesome right now.