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NaNO Story

April 1, 2015

I have started the work on the story.  Actually, I'm feeling much better about it now than I had been a few hours ago.  I think if I just let this flow, I can get through the rest of the novel.  I think it might even be fun.

I'm doing okay, but I am absolutely beat.  I hardly slept last night.  Tonight will be different.  I'm too tired already not to sleep well.  It's barely after midnight, but I want to get this done and posted so I'm caught up on things.

I did get over 4k, though!

Finch Painting

Finch Painting

April 2, 2015

We had a lovely storm last night.  Things should start greening up now, which would be nice.  I noticed that my lilacs are getting the first of their buds.

Writing?  Yeah.  Over 4k on the story, still moving ahead.  Not moving as fast as I would like, but still not doing badly.  I'll get there.

I think I might do some bits of art all month, too.  Make that part of my NaNo stuff -- do one every other day or so.  I'd say every day, but then I'd mess it up and be annoyed.  So maybe ten pieces for the month?  The Finch Painting is the first. 

I don't want to say I'm enjoying that more than the writing, but. . . .

Butterfly

April 3, 2015

Doing okay on the writing stuff.  I'm kind of surprised that it picked up as well as it has.

Doing bits of art stuff, too, so that's good.

Russ has out of town company this weekend which means I am not going for my Easter trip like we used to do before he went to New York.  It seems, given all the things that have gone wrong the last two years, that I'm getting out less and less.  I do hope I can take the good camera somewhere soon.  Maybe if the weather holds up and doesn't get too hot too soon!

(Added later -- This was puppy day.  We've had her for a year now!  No, I didn't forget at the time!)

Canada Geese

April 4, 2015

Good writing day at least, though my stomach is disagreeing with me over something.  Also, the cats are being crazed lately.  It's enough to drive a person over the edge.

Russ has all kinds of company this weekend.  Haven't hardly seen him at all.

The story is going well.  I'm kind of surprised at how well it is going, in fact.  I'm really enjoying the work.  It's been a while since I had something that just seemed to flow.  Not sure why this is because I really can't say I've got a good touch with the characters yet -- but so far, it's been fun!

Grackle

March 5, 2015

No Easter trip this year but I did get writing done and even some housework.  Went by the pond in the afternoon and got some great shots of geese being odd -- it's that time of the year,

I'm really pleased with how the story is going.  I'm not pressing too hard, but it's still flowing pretty well.  Probably about halfway through at over 25k.

Geese

April 6, 2015

New keyboard and mouse.  This is the Microsoft Sculpt Ergonomic set and so far I think I like it, except for a few problems finding the right keys.  I'm still in practice mode since I've barely had it up and running for more than half an hour.   It was funny -- I had more trouble getting the keyboard out of the box than getting it set up.  They had instructions on how to get it to work, but they really need instructions on how to get the box apart.

Starting to type better already, though.  This is probably not the best time to make this kind of switch, in the middle of a NaNo, but I think it will help in the long run.

And the story is still going pretty well, too.  Time to get back to work.

Fog

April 7, 2015

Not only is the novel moving along well, but a new short story leapt up and got close to 3k today as well.  This is going very nicely!  And I love the keyboard.  I can actually type well again now that I'm getting used to it.  I think the last one simply didn't fit me, though I liked it well enough.

It's nice to feel like writing again.  Probably part of it is the weather, too.  We are in spring.  It's not as warm as it was, but it is starting to turn green.  We are getting rain.  Things are looking better even if I still need heat in my office.

I have the new Cherryh book on my Nook.  I know what I'll be doing tonight -- and it will not include sleeping.

Pheasant

April 8, 2015

Oh my, what weird weather we are having!

Today we went up to South Dakota for a quick visit, so I'm a bit behind on stuff.  It was nice though.  I am so glad to see spring again!  And the writing is going better, too.  I think I had just gotten worn out from winter.

South Dakota

April 9, 2015

There is some very bad weather elsewhere.  We were lucky here.  We had a very long, lovely thunderstorm the other night, but it didn't turn bad. That's the weather that joined up with a front to the east and is creating such horrible trouble.

Here things are going better.  Writing is moving along.  I LOVE this keyboard.  This is very nice.  I haven't been able to type this well in a long time.

Grackles

April 10, 2015

I got my flash fiction posted.  I have a bit over 1k on writing and next I am going to finish off the DAZ newsletter.  That means I'll have a lot of stuff cleared off for the day and the weekend.  I hope to go to DeSoto Wildlife Refuge this weekend.  We have a working car and the weather is going to be nice enough.  That means getting a lot of writing done before then, though.  LOL

The story is going so well that I'm just stunned.  I know it sounds odd, but I think most of it is because of the keyboard.  I haven't been able to type this well in a long time.  I am going to buy another of these keyboards and squirrel it away.  This is nice!

So, back to work.  Newsletter, then probably dinner, and then writing!

Oh, and clothes washing.  Must go get back to that now!

Missouri River

April 11, 2015

I am moving closer to the end of the novel.  Now that I'm used to the keyboard, it's just wonderful again.  The outline is helping, though I've gone off it a bit.  I still have pretty much the same ending in mind, though, so it's looking good.

Tomorrow we go to DeSoto, so I'm working at getting everything caught up.  A day away from home!  Yay!

American Pelicans

April 12, 2015

We went to DeSoto, but they were partly closed down and had a hunt going on, so we cut across country and went to the Lee G Simmons Wildlife Safari place.  That was fun!  Elk, deer, bison, pelicans, sandhill cranes, eagles, swans, turkeys -- so many things to see and take pictures of!

Unfortunately I wasn't feeling well by the end, so we came home without stopping for dinner.  But still, it was a great day and I got some lovely pictures!

Wolf

april 13, 2015

Closer, closer to being done with the novel.  It's going a bit over 50k.

I wish I felt better, though.  Not only is my sleep messed up, but so is my stomach.  I want things to go better.

What am I going to write after this one?  Maybe the journal for the new world.  I have some ideas for that one but I'm not sure how exciting it would be to write.

Get this one done first.

Lilacs

April 14, 2015

So close!  I got all the way down to the end, and just . . . not feeling well and can't make that last step.  I'll finish it tomorrow.

Hope whatever this is clears up fast.

Zaphod

april 15, 2015

Just let me get the last of this novel done!  It's almost there.  Like maybe 1 or 2k left, and I keep stalling out.

Was miserably ill most of the day, too.  But here we are half way through the month already, so it can't be all bad.  Just want to finish the novel.  ugh.

Crabapple

April 16, 2015

The first draft of the book is done! 

I've had some of the oddest up and down stuff this last few months, but at least I've kept writing through it.  I like where it ended and I have an idea for a sequel, which is always a good thing.

Now, though, I need to turn my attention to the sf novel and that's going to be . . . difficult.

I'll figure something out.

The Boys

April 17, 2015

Today is the boys' day!  They're nine now.  What great little cats they are, too, even though Zaphod gets over enthusiastic about trying to help me type some times. 

Writing is writing.  I was right about having trouble with the sf book, but I'm getting there on it.  A little bit at a time, but it's going forward.

Flowers

April 18, 2015

As part of my sf novel I had intended to do journal entries marking the end of each year.  I'm writing a few of those now.  The first one was difficult. The end of year two was a bit easier.  Year three will have some things to discuss, so that one shouldn't be bad.  I would like to have something for every single year, but I suspect that is getting a bit too ambitious.  After all, I see this story setting going on for hundreds of years. 

But even so, it's kind of fun to play around with this stuff.  My MC is admitting to things he hasn't said to anyone in the story, like how he wishes he could go back to traveling the stars.  Part of having him say these things is for much later generations to try and interpret without believing that the people fell from the sky.

It's going to be interesting.  I've got to decide how long the MC lives and what happens when the next person takes up the journal.

Well, it should be interesting to keep writing.