Monday, November 27, 2006
time goes all too quickly (word count: 50,348 and still moving)
It is so easy for me to lose track of time! Since last posting, I’ve sailed past my six month anniversary of graduation (!!!), a trip to Nashville, Thanksgiving, and 17,000 words of my novel. Whew! And in two days, I’ll be on my way to Nebraska, again, for another huge concert. (I do love those!) Mom and I are considering the Nebraska trip a “writing trip,” so I’ll also drag my researching books and scraps of my novel along.
Thursday, November 16, 2006
midway through november (word count: 32,980)
I am so, so relieved to find that November is half over. At the same time, I can’t help thinking: only half??
NaNoWriMo has been a great experience so far… but my daily quota of 3000 words is starting to take a toll. (Though, actually, 3000 words was a treat today. The past two days I had to kick it up to 4000 words, to make up for a lazy day on Monday. 4000 words feels like murder, and I couldn’t string together complete sentences by the end of each day. Note to self: no more lazy Mondays.)
Taking a trip to Nebraska last weekend was a welcome break!
My sister, me, and my sister’s boyfriend, after the two of them sang Carmina Burana with the Omaha Symphony
Friday, November 10, 2006
the elusive literary life (word count: 19,181)
I think I’m slowly getting accustomed to this.
For the first time in my life, I’m actively planning my own lifestyle. This sounds strange—I guess we always have a degree of control over how we live. But so often, that’s still dependent on, say, what your professors have written in the syllabus and what it takes to get that done.
I’ve assumed for years that at this point, post-graduation, I would be answering to a boss at a publishing company, managing manuscripts, large meetings, and hectic deadlines. Instead, and for how long?, I have the chance to be my own boss, manage my own manuscript, keep the meetings small, and determine my deadlines. And the perks aren’t too bad!!
Monday, November 06, 2006
the first trip back (word count: 9492)
Of all amazing things, I actually spent my weekend in Grand Rapids! Or, more accurately, driving to and from Grand Rapids. We only had two nights and one day there, which was a bit less than the grand tour I had envisioned earlier this year. Still… we packed a lot in!
Isn’t this a trip? Me, Laura, and Colonel Brandon, before the play.