Wednesday, November 25, 2009

It's not over til it's over...

Someone is covering the second half of my shift today so I can go home and sleep this off. I was completely mute (I couldn't even make a sound to laugh) for three days. Last night, I was finally able to make a squeak, and I sounded remarkably like Mickey Mouse. I am still hoarse, and now I sound like I am going to hack up a lung. I am so ready to be able to breathe normally again!

But that is not the point of this post.

I started off NaNoWriMo fast and hard this year, and I knocked out 20,000 words easily in about the first week, and then I got sick. (And S.T.R.E.S.S.E.D.) It's not too late to catch up. I have more than half the book to write in a week, and I have a ton to do on my show (which has slowed me considerably with my book), but I am going to try to write and read and sleep this afternoon. Little by little, I may be able to catch up.

28K and 6 days to go. Wish me luck!

Monday, November 23, 2009

I have been sick for more than two weeks...

It would be a lot easier to get better if I had sick leave and health insurance. But considering that I have been working 10 hour days, 6-7 days a week, with what is possibly the flu or pneumonia, or goodness only knows what else, I'm not getting better. Alright, Washington, get your asses in gear and fix the damn problem!

I had to move home two years ago because I couldn't afford the $1000 bill for antibiotics and the trip to the emergency room (since no doctor would see me without insurance) to take care of a simple UTI. Which, by the way, didn't fix the problem, and I had to go back for 3 more and possibly have permanent kidney damage, and I was another couple thousand dollars in debt. So I don't want to go to the hospital for antibiotics for bronchitis, just because no one will see me without insurance. I can't afford it. I can hardly afford to buy groceries and toothpaste, much less shell out a couple hundred dollars to see a doctor.

I just want to breathe, dammit!

Saturday, November 14, 2009

I'm not giving up!

I haven't written since last Sunday, and I have to work 10 hours today, and I'm still sick. But I'm not giving up yet! I know that if I can just sit down and write for a little while I can easily knock out 2,000 words. A few sessions like that, and I might actually catch up.

This month is killing me. But I really want to write this book.

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

A note or two on this week:

I haven't written since Sunday, because I feel cruddy. Drainage, lack of voice, lack of breathing...

On the bright side and the subject of Cruddy, Lynda Barry is the pep talk for NaNo this week. She's my favorite.

Current word count: 20,354

Monday, November 9, 2009

What joy! What freedom! What cause for celebration!

I hit 20k last night, and while that is all well and good, that is not why I am jumping around shrieking in jubilation.

I FINISHED EDITING THE WEDDING VIDEO! 6 months of hell, now over. Granted I now need to find the program that has the correct spelling of everyone's names before I burn the DVDs, but I AM DONE EDITING! I'm no longer fighting with the camera or the computer (knock on wood); no longer is this black cloud of wedding doom looming above my head. I'M FREE!!!

What a relief. Everything in life seems easier.

P.S. Would my friends please remind me that no wedding job is ever worth the money, no matter how desperate I may be for cash to pay bills. Not. Worth. It. Thanks.

Sunday, November 8, 2009

I had a dream last night...

Part I: Before the Arrest
Part II: The Investigation
Part III: The Trial

Before I go to bed tonight, I want to be done with Part I. My thought on this draft is that if I can get it all written out, I can go back and rewrite one chapter at a time for the rewrite.

This draft of the book (not to jinx anything) has much more structure than the last, even though the characters are still not fully developed, and my actual writing structure and style is crap. Once you give in to changing tenses every other sentence and various points of view and not spell checking and throwing grammar out the window (much like this post), the writing becomes much more enjoyable.

I am starting at about 16,000 words this morning. I'll check in with a final word count later this evening.

Saturday, November 7, 2009

My goal for the weekend is 20,000!

Actually, my goal for tonight is 20,000, but I doubt that will happen. I'm a'gonna try, though.

I have only five hours of work today, and then I'm a free woman until Monday.

Current word count: 14,509

Sunday, November 1, 2009

Wow, that was the best first day EVER!

Current word count: 7,102

I am loving where my subconscious is taking me.

November 1, 2009: Day 1

I woke up less than an hour ago, choosing to use the extra hour last night to sleep, and SOME people already have 2,000 words written. (Some other people, not including me.) It's on, girl. I'm starting right now...

...Right after my coffee is done...