NaNoWriMo Day 30

It is the last day of NaNoWriMo and I have finished the first draft of my book. It is amazing to me that I did it.

Today I wrote 501 words and completed the epilogue. I plan to write a post which will go into much more detail about the NaNoWriMo experience and finishing the book. I will post that this Friday.

NaNoWriMo Day 28

Honestly, today I felt sick of writing every day. If I hadn’t been a speed demon and finished the chapter last week, the writing this week might have felt more purposeful.

Of course, if I had written at even half of this month’s pace the whole time I have been working on this book, I would have finished several years ago. Not writing is part of the writing process and I need to remember that. Also woulda, coulda, shoulda, is not a very productive use of anyone’s energy. As my father used to say, “If my mother had wheels, she would have been a car.”

I probably would have started on the epilogue after I finished the chapter, but I have felt a pressure to write that has interfered somewhat with reading over what I have already done. Today I wrote 686 words, bring my NaNoWriMo total to 20,242 words. Only two days left. Happy Hanukkah to those who observe the holiday.

NaNoWriMo Day 27

We are having some house renovations done and on Monday, the crew will begin working on transforming our current garage into a mudroom and pantry. Because of this, we have to clean out the garage.

That is this weekend’s project and took a couple of hours, already, today. As a result, I only worked on my book a little bit, but I did write 380 words. It is amazing to me that there is so much material in and a lot to say about the obituaries from my Google alerts.

NaNoWriMo Day 26

Today began with an unfortunate occurrence. While eating French toast and bacon for brunch, my temporary crown fell out. This was distressing, to say the least, and it took me a while to get it back in.

Since I still see a dentist in New York, (long story – don’t ask), I was glad I could get the crown back in because I didn’t want to travel to New York this week. I still have NaNoWriMo for a few more days, my writing groups, skating and ten people coming to my house, a week from today.

If I sound stressed, it is because I am. I plan on only eating soft food for the next few days. I definitely don’t want it  fall out again.

I ran some errands to try to clear my head and wound up writing 436 words today. Since Halloween, I have written at least 20,000 words or 80 pages.


NaNoWriMo Day 25

Happy Thanksgiving! I am really surprised but I wrote 564 words today. If five weeks ago, you would have told me that I would work on my book on Thanksgiving, I would have thought you were crazy.

So far, the day has gone really well. I watched the Thanksgiving Day Parade. I enjoyed it. Don’t judge me. Then, Aaron and I went for a long, almost four-mile walk. It was so nice to get outside, and it wasn’t cold.

When we got home, I set down to work. After I post this, I am going to start cooking. As those of you who read this blog regularly know, I cancelled Thanksgiving. I told my family not to come. They will all be here next week, after both November and NaNoWriMo are done.

Because it is just my husband and I for dinner, I don’t have that much to do. I want to acknowledge that for native people, today is not a day of celebration but a day of mourning, of unbelievable pain and loss.

Although I can’t’ single handedly repair what was done to Native Americans, I did decide to cook a meal that pays some homage to native people. We are having succotash, planked salmon, and corn bread. Dessert is a fruit salad.

I hope everyone has a great day.



NaNoWriMo Day 24

I am definitely in the home stretch. There are six days left in Nvember. Therefore, there are six days left to NaNoWriMo. I get excited thinking about that.

Today I wrote 633 words. I am still working my way through those obituaries. I wanted to go for a walk, but it is cold here and now it is almost dark. I am going to post this and exercise.

Have a nice evening. See you tomorrow.

NaNoWriMo Day 23

I am still working my way through the obituaries, which has been a little draining. I am almost done with the ones I have in a folder in Word. There are still some, maybe another thirty, that are in an email folder.

Today, I wrote 557 words. The epilogue, or whatever it is, now has six pages that I wrote in three days. If nothing else, doing NaNoWriMO and blogging ever day has enabled me to pick up my pace. I can write a page or two fairly quickly now.

After I have finished with all the obits, I am not sure what I will do next. I guess I don’t have to think about that until I get there.


NaNoWriMo Day 22

Today is the start of the fourth week of NaNoWriMo. After today there are only eight days left. I am glad about that. It was very good to do this to motivate me to work at a much faster pace than I have ever done before, but, since I have met my word count and finished the chapter, the effort now seems a little forced.

Despite that, I did write 586 words today. Whether they will eventually be in the book, I cannot say. I have accumulated at least 70 obituaries that Google alerts sends me on a regular basis. To write the epilogue I am looking at them. Some I am seeing for the first time.  Even if I wind up cutting most of this material when I start revising, I am happy that I am finding out about so many remarkable, yet unknown, except to family and friends, women.


NaNoWriMo Day 21

I have completed twenty-one days or three weeks of NaNoWriMo. It has been a whirlwind. I am happy that I completed the chapter  but I now have some anxiety abut what to do next.

I did start tackling the epilogue today and I have decided to focus it on an analysis of the large number of obituaries that I have accumulated since 2009. Today, because I had some of the epilogue written already and I reworked it as well as writing some new material, my word total was 425 words.

I have enough obituaries to do some rudimentary statistical analysis of them. Nothing fancy, just putting the information into some categories to see if any patterns emerge.

Because I gave myself plenty of time to complete the chapter during the month of November, I may now not even make a 250 daily word total going forward. Of course, I never planned to write the 50,000 words that NaNoWriMo considers a completed manuscript.  I have to keep reminding myself what my goals were for this process and just stick to that.