Sunday, November 28, 2010

It ain't over 'til it's over.

I am not giving up yet.  Sure, I have two days and nearly 40,000 words to write.  It could be worse.  I have had a funeral and a convention and a small business and work and sleep and lots of food to deal with this month, and I have felt very overwhelmed.  But I'm not giving up yet!

Tonight, I write 'til midnight!

Current word count: Somewhere around 11,000 words.

Friday, November 5, 2010

Day Four and Five

Alright, I'm behind.  But I did more writing yesterday and today.  And I'm getting into my story.  The key is to just KEEP WRITING.

I don't want to post a word count, because I haven't finished writing for the night yet.

Thursday, November 4, 2010

Day Three

I may write before bed, but right now my word count remains the same.  I spent most of the day procrastinating by working on my etsy shop and working with my plot.

Now I have a plot.  

Also, I decided to alternate between my protagonist and my villain for P.O.V.

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Day Two

My word count isn't pathetic: 2504

I'm still behind a bit, but I'm pooped.  Tuesday is the hardest day to accomplish anything, because it is essentially my Friday, and I just want to curl up in my room, drink a beer, and watch a movie.

I have discovered two things about my novel today:  The first is that I am writing the modern equivalent of a "penny dreadful"; the second is that everything comes easier when I imagine Humphrey Bogart narrating the story.

Tuesday, November 2, 2010

Day One Revisited

Ok, I didn't go to sleep. I kept writing. Now I'm tired, and I need to remember to fill out my voter's ballot and take it to the drop box first thing in the morning.

Current word count: 1919

I'm still counting this as day one, even though I'm half an hour late. I haven't gone to bed yet.


Soup and juice in arm, I walked home to nurse my ailing roomie back to health.  The trek home had become trickier with each passing day as large autumn spiders built webs spanning the sidewalk and the city blocked off corners of each block for repaving.  I would have marched fearlessly down the middle of the street if there weren’t so many careless drivers in the neighborhood.  My heart stopped every time a car and a bicycle met at an intersection.

     Walking afforded me the luxury of greeting the neighborhood cats.  There were so many roaming the area.  Some had collars; some did not.  Some primarily stuck to one house or one corner; some roamed freely in a much wider perimeter.  My favorite was a tubby Maine Coon with a gravelly meow whom Katie and I had nicknamed Don Gato.  Don Gato spent his days on the stoop of a small brick house three blocks east of our apartment, but each time he was spotted roaming about, a black cat with one white paw flanked his side.  Other cats diverted their gaze in response to his arrival.  He had always been friendly to me, but he had a way of snarling hello that made it very clear to me that I was to pet him and give him attention or pay the price. 

     “Don Gato is the Catfather,” Katie had announced aftrt passing him one afternoon.  “And that little black cat is his consigliere.”

     That particular evening I was balancing the groceries precariously in one hand while simultaneously attempting to answer the phone with the other.  I didn’t see Don Gato raise his head in acknowledgement.  I didn’t hear Don Gato’s scratchy greeting.  I was distracted by Katie’s incessant texts and trying not to be irritated with her since I knew she was genuinely ill.  I didn’t see Don Gato hop down from his throne and amble toward the sidewalk.

     I looked up just in time to witness Don Gato stepping in his own poop.

     It is a rare occasion to see a cat step in poop.  The look of shock on Don Gato’s face was unmistakable as he leapt backward with a shriek. 

     I laughed.  I couldn’t help it.  A macho cat stepped in poop and jumped two feet in the air and was clearly embarrassed by the whole situation, slinking off with his tail between his legs, and I laughed. 

     I tried to apologize, but Don Gato didn’t even turn around.  He crawled into his furry little cat cave and was gone.

     When I finished recounting the event to Katie, she was not laughing.

     “You better watch your back,” she croaked.  “Don Gato may put a hit out on you.  You caught him in a moment of weakness.”

     “It was hilarious!  How many times have you seen a cat step in its own poop?  Cats don’t do that!  And he jumped back,” I demonstrated, including sound effects, before doubling over in giggles again.

     “I’m serious.  He and his minions will come after you.”  She smiled at that.  “He stepped in his own poop.  Haha.  It wouldn’t have been so bad if you’d seen it and just kept walking.”

     If only I hadn’t laughed.  

Day One

Ever so slightly behind. My current word count is 1,380 which is about 300 under goal, but I'm not concerned. I feel good about what I have written, and while it isn't perfect, it isn't as stream-of-consciousness and packed with filler as other years might have seen.

I am a little irritated that I didn't update in time to get the count posted on the correct day for my stats page, but I'll catch up in the morning.

Off and running.

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