Maybe it’s the absence of pressure now that I’ve conceded that I can never finish NanoWriMo this year. Maybe it’s the beta copy of Scrivener 3 that landed in my lap late this week.
Come to think of it, it’s probably the beta that turned the tide.
As I sit here on a Sunday morning, I’m on track again with this YA novel I’m writing. Not on track on the sense of “it’ll be done before December 1,” but on track again in the sense that words are issuing forth from my fingers in sensical and meaningful ways, crafting an adventure for the reader to engage in. Feels good, let me tell you. The novel is still very much in it’s infancy (I haven’t even hit the 10k mark yet), but my progress towards the end of the week has been very encouraging. I felt a fire I haven’t felt in a long time burning within the story keeper of my soul. My fingers, long disused and no longer in shape for the task of hammering out words fast and efficiently, are sore. But – and this is key – they did not fail me. They kept up as best they could with the narrative playing in my head, producing a volume of words.
And, as promised – I have not shaved yet, and will not until this novel is done.
[peg-image src=”https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/-tIJW_eTaJvo/WCjqJo9w3lI/AAAAAAAATvQ/BEzFAMJyooAFDLKwB8WhSjPEHSyDP4kSQCCo/s144-o/20161113_142421.jpg” href=”https://picasaweb.google.com/100209810380444992363/6352584727506888321#6352584725742280274″ caption=”Getting ready for our Sunday afternoon Pokemon game at the comic shop. My first attempt at a Fire/Water deck.” type=”image” alt=”20161113_142421.jpg” image_size=”5312×2988″ peg_single_image_size=”w640″ peg_img_align=”right” peg_gal_align=”right” ]I know I should be writing (and I have, earlier), but this afternoon is our weekly Pokemon game down at the comic book shop. I wouldn’t have foreseen this a few years ago (Pokemon? Not for me!), but we try to go every week, and we usually have a great time. I feel like this gives me a chance to bond with the younger two girls in a way I wouldn’t normally get. We go, we play a game (sometimes against each other, usually not), we usually don’t win all three rounds, but we have fun. Before the game, we spend time trading and trying to build our decks up better, and after the game we come home to dinner and to regale Mom and their older sister with the tales of battle and victories nearly won, if only…!
First, because I promised, here’s a picture of me so far this month. Among other things, new frames came in this week, which have changed my face a bit (though, really, it still the same old lovable mug).
When this month began, I had grand hopes. I wasn’t shaving again until I finished this novel, and I was finishing this novel this month for NanoWriMo? Remember that? Seems like only yesterday to me. Probably from a lack of sleep and time.
Everything else aside, this month has not been off to a stellar start on the creative side. Family is good (great, even), work is fine if tediously long, but free time is an almost foreign commodity.
That said, nothing has changed. I don’t think I’m going to finish it in time for NanoWriMo, but I am going to continue to work on this novel when I can. And just to be ornery (and because it’s winter), I’m not going to shave until it is done. I think one of the secrets I’ve forgotten over the years is that the more I blog, the more I write fiction. So I should make a concerted effort to write more blog entries this wintry season as well. But most of all, I plan on hitting the keyboard hard, starting with this weekend.
OK, It’s a Friday night and I’m still at the office. Time to get wrap up some things and get a move on.