Updates December 06-17

Hello,

Thank you for the likes and follows. I really appreciate them.

Last week I had to take a break. With a deep sigh, I have not won NaNoWriMo this year. I wrote more words during November than I have in a long time and I am grateful. I made new friends and I enjoyed myself writing with them on Discord. As usual, I have not abandoned my story. I will continue to write until this story is complete. What I learned from this intense challenge, is that I may need to plan writing projects more effectively. According to the NaNoWriMo website if I continue to write at the rate I was I will finish this draft of Star Crossed sometime in January 2022. I find this to be acceptable. Therefore I will persist until I have a satisfying first draft give myself a month or two and then start the revision process.

I will also like to admit here that I am a little disappointed in myself. This does not mean that I blame the competitive nature of NaNoWriMo or anything like that. I am not the only one that failed at 50k words. Many of us joined with different goals in mind. I am not sure what to think about these feelings. I took the week to process at least half of them. I have no malice or envy for anyone who has reached the 50k. I will mostly participate in one of the Camp NaNoWriMo’s in April or July and the official NaNoWriMo in November 2022. I believe in the work that organization is doing for readers and writers around the world. It is not just about lonely writers making friends. It is just amazing that about 20 or so years ago, a group of friends started something that is now a worldwide event. If I am envious of anything it is the connections and the reach of NaNo.

Not sure what I wrote about the last two weeks in November before this entry. The holiday went very well. The Thanksgiving meal was held at a relative’s home. They had just moved in the summer I think and they invited as many family members as they could. We all had a good time and ate a lot. There were some substitutes instead of a whole turkey, we had a whole chicken. There was traditional stuffing, baked mac, and cheese, a vegetable curry for the vegetarian family members. If I am being a little honest it was around this time I fell of the writing wagon. I tried to stay on but over the weekend I fell completely off. I peaked at 25k. No matter how far I start a paragraph it always comes back to NaNoWriMo.

This is the first full week of December. Podcasts and YouTube channels will be full of reflections about the past year. I will have to seriously think about when I am going to post my reflection essay. My writing schedule is a little off-kilter but getting we are getting back on track. I wish you all reading this a great week. Don’t miss an opportunity to be kind.

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