Inbetween: Chapter One

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Here it is! Welcome to Inbetween, my second serial novel and my 2016 NaNoWriMo novel. I’m so excited to start sharing this with you. I hope this novel will be as well received as The Dreams.

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Writing Progress August 6 – 12, 2018

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August 6

  • Project: Inbetween
  • Total word count: 184,866
  • Today’s word count: 105
  • Thoughts: The heat got to me. I ended up daydreaming more than writing.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: Hopefully I can turn my daydreams into something productive and write!

August 7

  • Project: Inbetween
  • Total word count: 185,178
  • Today’s word count: 312
  • Thoughts: Today was a decent writing day. It was definitely the best day I’ve had all month. Most of the writing happened after we had some rain and the weather finally cooled off. I’m starting to think oppressive heat and humidity have a huge impact on my ability to be creative.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: More writing. I don’t think it is supposed to be quite so hot so I’m hoping it will be a productive day for creativity.

August 8

  • Project: Inbetween
  • Total word count: 185,388
  • Today’s word count: 210
  • Thoughts: Today wasn’t a great day but it certainly wasn’t a bad day. I settled in for a good writing session this evening, but a thunderstorm rolled in and it should have been good background noise for my writing but it distracted me a lot more than anything.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: More writing. I think I can do it. I want to start writing more again.

August 9

  • Project: Inbetween
  • Total word count: 185,702
  • Today’s word count: 314
  • Thoughts: Today wasn’t so bad. I feel like I made progress. I still would have liked to write more, but I ended up needing to sleep before I ran out of ideas/motivation. It happens more often than I’d like.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: More writing. Maybe some revising. I’m aiming high and preparing to fail because it’ll be Friday.

August 10

  • Project: Inbetween
  • Total word count: 185,784
  • Today’s word count: 82
  • Thoughts: I had lofty goals. I know better than to have high expectations on a Friday but here we go again. I wrote, but not very much. I had too much else on my plate.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: Hopefully things will be better, but I’m not too optimistic. It looks like it will be another busy day. Fun, but busy.

August 11

There was no writing progress today. I had a great day at the street fair and then went to visit my mom instead. I’m trying to give myself permission to take more days off because I’m just starting to climb out of being burned out and I don’t want it to happen again.

August 12

  • Project: Inbetween
  • Total word count: 185,915
  • Today’s word count: 131
  • Thoughts: Today was a bit of a struggle. I was still really tired and it showed when I tried to sit down and focus. As long as I was up and moving around I felt awake and alert, but sitting down for more than five minutes left me groggy and nodding off. I still tried to write and think I managed to do a decent job of revising in between hopping up to move around and wake myself up.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: Hopefully I’ll get a good night’s rest and wake up ready to start a new, productive week of writing.

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Writing Progress July 30 – August 5, 2018

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July 30

  • Project: Inbetween
  • Total word count: 183,789
  • Today’s word count: 219
  • Thoughts: Today was not the best day of writing, but it was far from the worst I’ve had lately. I don’t know if I’m getting out of this writing funk or if I’m going to continue struggling, but I’m trying to be optimistic at this point. I want to think I’m improving and significant progress is just around the corner.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: More writing. Revising. Lots of motivation.

July 31

  • Project: Inbetween
  • Total word count: 184,074
  • Today’s word count: 285
  • Thoughts: Today was a really productive day! I wrote. I revised. I posted a chapter. Getting so much done in one day felt great! This might mean I’m getting over my writing slump. I hope I can keep it up.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: More writing. Hopefully I’ll find the energy and inspiration to write a lot of new words.

August 1

  • Project: Inbetween
  • Total word count: 184,208
  • Today’s word count: 134
  • Thoughts: I had such a hard time getting started today! I think posting the final chapter of the second arc made me feel incredibly pressured to make the third arc the best it can be. I need to get over it and have confidence that I’m doing the story justice.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: More writing. I will do it. I have to do it. There’s a whole third arc ahead of me.

August 2

  • Project: Inbetween
  • Total word count: 184,352
  • Today’s word count: 144
  • Thoughts: Today was strange. I definitely wanted to write, but I spent a lot of my writing time thinking. I don’t think it’s a bad thing. I’m just impatient and want progress, but having a solid plan and vision for what I’m going to write next can only help me.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: Fridays are hard so I’m going to keep my expectations low. I just want to get some words on the page.

August 3

  • Project: Inbetween
  • Total word count: 184,559
  • Today’s word count: 207
  • Thoughts: Today was a little bit better than I expected it to be. Fridays are always tough for me so when I actually improve on Thursdays word count I’m impressed.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: More writing. I think I can do it. Having a decent Friday has given me a little confidence.

August 4

I had a strange day after a bad night’s sleep. Trying to write wasn’t in the cards.

August 5

  • Project: Inbetween
  • Total word count: 184,761
  • Today’s word count: 202
  • Thoughts: Today was okay. I was still messed up from my bad night’s sleep, but I think I made an effort to get back on track.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: I need to write more. We’re going to be under (another) heat advisory. I’m not sure how miserable I’m going to be. If I’m not suffering too much I should be able to make a decent amount of progress, but if things are too bad I might just focus on keeping cool.

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What I Read in July

July was a month of burn-out. It’s that simple. I was just done with everything.

Apparently that included books.

That isn’t to say I didn’t try to read. I just didn’t read a lot.

I’m still loving Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell, but there were a lot of days in July when I just didn’t have the energy to invest in enjoying the story. I’m not used to feeling like this, but I took some time to reflect on it and I’m sure it’s only temporary. Soon I’ll be ready to read again.

Books I’m currently reading:

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What books did you read in July? Have you ever felt so burned-out you couldn’t muster the energy to read?

Writing Progress July 23 – 29, 2018

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July 23

  • Project: Inbetween
  • Total word count: 182,787
  • Today’s word count: 254
  • Thoughts: Today was a mixed bag. I had migraine issues for much of the day and didn’t bother to touch my writing during that time. Then I did start to feel better before I went to bed and I managed to write a couple hundred words. For the sort of day I had, I think I did pretty well with my writing.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: More writing. So much more writing. As long as I’m not having migraine pain I should be able to make great progress.

July 24

  • Project: Inbetween
  • Total word count: 183,017
  • Today’s word count: 230
  • Thoughts: Today was okay-ish for what it was. My migraine wasn’t completely gone so it caused me to lower my expectations quite a lot. I’m still proud of what I accomplished. I found the time and energy to sit down during a day of chaos. I can be proud of that.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: More writing! This migraine better be completely gone by tomorrow. Then I can really focus on writing.

July 25

  • Project: Inbetween
  • Total word count: 183,116
  • Today’s word count: 99
  • Thoughts: I really struggled to concentrate today. There was a lot of flooding in my area and new weather alerts were rolling out at least once an hour. I went into the day intending to write, but I ended up putting way more attention and energy into following the reports of flooding in my area.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: Back to writing. I can feel the story building up inside me. It’s going to break out soon and I know that day will be exceptionally productive.

July 26

  • Project: Inbetween
  • Total word count: 183,217
  • Today’s word count: 101
  • Thoughts: I struggled to focus today. There wasn’t any excuse for it. I just couldn’t get myself to concentrate long enough to make significant progress.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: More writing. I might revise too if I have the motivation.

July 27

  • Project: Inbetween
  • Total word count: 183,282
  • Today’s word count: 65
  • Thoughts: I can’t say I’m surprised. Today was Friday. I rarely have a good, productive day of writing on Friday.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: Writing. Writing. Writing. I need to get my writing mojo back. I’ve been distracted and allowing drama in the writing community to drain away so much of my energy. I need to fill up my well again, but in the mean time I feel like I still need to create something. It’s not the best place to be. I hope I can turn it around soon.

July 28

  • Project: Inbetween
  • Total word count: 183,446
  • Today’s word count: 164
  • Thoughts: Well, another slightly productive day under my belt. I can’t seem to properly get into the groove these days. I’m trying, but there’s always a bit of a mental block there. I’m trying to take it easy and allow it to work itself out, but I’m impatient.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: More writing. Hopefully more patience.

July 29

  • Project: Inbetween
  • Total word count: 183,570
  • Today’s word count: 124
  • Thoughts: Ugh. Today was another struggle. I really do think I’m a little bit burned out. I just don’t know how to address it without letting my writing schedule completely fall apart. It’s something I need to think about going forward.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: I want to write, but I need to figure out why I’m struggling so much and make some adjustments. We’ll see what happens.

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Writing Progress July 16 – 22, 2018

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July 16

  • Project: Inbetween
  • Total word count: 181,812
  • Today’s word count: 626
  • Thoughts: Today was the best day of writing I’ve had in a while. It felt great! It was a like a dam broke in my mind and the story finally started rushing out again. I’ve been waiting for this!
  • Tomorrow’s goal: Keep up the momentum! I don’t want to stop writing.

July 17

  • Project: Inbetween
  • Total word count: 182,268
  • Today’s word count: 474
  • Thoughts: Today was another productive day. I wrote. I revised. I posted a chapter. Overall it was a really good day for writing.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: More writing. I’m feeling motivated these days. At this rate I’ll be able to stop being behind all the time within a few days.

July 18

  • Project: Inbetween
  • Total word count: 182,325
  • Today’s word count: 39
  • Thoughts: Ugh. Today was tough. I’m not sure what went wrong today, but something went terribly wrong with my writing mojo.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: Get the writing mojo back. Write. Revise. Repeat.

July 19

  • Project: Inbetween
  • Total word count: 182,466
  • Today’s word count: 141
  • Thoughts: Today was another struggle. I’m not entirely sure what’s going on with me these days. I was so excited when for the few good days I had earlier this week. Then I lost that mojo again. I want it back!
  • Tomorrow’s goal: More writing. More revising. It’s Friday, though. I know I’ll need to focus on getting anything done at all.

July 20

  • Project: Inbetween
  • Total word count: 182,489
  • Today’s word count: 23
  • Thoughts: Typical Friday, in my opinion. I can’t get much done with my writing. My mind is on too many other things.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: Hopefully more writing. I have other things to do, but I’m hoping I’ll have a nice stretch of time after all that’s done to concentrate on my writing.

July 21

  • Project: Inbetween
  • Total word count: 182,504
  • Today’s word count: 15
  • Thoughts: I had a busy day after a bad night’s sleep. Writing did not factor well into the equation.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: Back to writing. I should have a nice, quiet day at home so this should be possible!

July 22

  • Project: Inbetween
  • Total word count: 182,533
  • Today’s word count: 29
  • Thoughts: Today was not a good day. I actually stopped in the middle of a sentence. A migraine hit me. I tried to write but once I made the attempt, I knew it was a mistake. I had to sleep instead.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: Beat the migraine. Get back to writing. It needs to happen.

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