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 December 2 – 8, 2019

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December 2

  • Project: Inbetween
  • Total word count: 249,648
  • Today’s word count: 6
  • Thoughts: I was hoping to restart my work on Inbetween with more of a bang, but I don’t think it was meant to be. I needed time to remember where I was in the story and where it was going. By the time I did that, I wasn’t left with all that much time to actually write. Even worse, I left off in the middle of a sentence back in October! Oops.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: More writing. I’m getting back into Inbetween. My goal is to finish the draft this month. Will I manage to make it happen? We’ll see!

December 3

  • Project: Inbetween
  • Total word count: 249,777
  • Today’s word count: 129
  • Thoughts: Better, but not great. I threw myself into chaos today by playing Crusader Kings II with a friend for ages. We both had to pause the game a couple times because of life and I managed to tweak the chapter I’ve been working on a bit during some of those breaks. I’m definitely still getting back into the rhythm of this story as well as recovering from NaNoWriMo. I’m trying not to be push myself too hard too fast.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: More writing. Possibly more games. I’m feeling pretty motivated at the moment, actually.

December 4

  • Project: Inbetween
  • Total word count: 249,911
  • Today’s word count: 134
  • Thoughts: I’m still struggling some. I’m just not confident in my ability to write this story! It’s in the final stages and I’m making myself so incredibly nervous about screwing it up. Sometimes I’m convinced I screwed up this story a long time ago and now I’ve made it impossible to end.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: More writing, of course. I’m going to finish this story. Maybe not tomorrow, maybe not this week, but I will finish it soon. It’s time.

December 5

  • Project: Inbetween
  • Total word count: 249,927
  • Today’s word count: 16
  • Thoughts: I really struggled today. I haven’t been able to pinpoint the problem. I sat and looked at the words I already had written and nothing came to mind. That doesn’t happen to me often. Sometimes I don’t write much because I’m distracted or torn about where to take the story. I’m rarely without ideas at all. It’s scary.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: I’m a bit worried. Friday in combination with a lack of words is a recipe for disaster. This can’t be allowed to continue. Even if it takes me all day, I will figure this out and get back on track.

December 6

  • Project: Inbetween
  • Total word count: 249,933
  • Today’s word count: 6
  • Thoughts: Today went about as badly as it possibly could. I don’t know where exactly it went wrong, but I was too tired too early to make a huge effort.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: More writing, I hope. I’m giong to be out of the house for part of the days so I don’t know what will happen. We’ll see. I’ll be sure to try.

December 7

  • Project: Inbetween
  • Total word count: 249,947
  • Today’s word count: 14
  • Thoughts: Well, I was out of the house for pretty much the whole afternoon. I had a great time, but I wasn’t in a writing mood afterward. I expected one of two outcomes from my afternoon out. Either I would be inspired and write a lot or I would need to take some time to process everything before I could feel inspired to do anything. It ended up being the latter.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: I have a lot of writing that needs to be done. This post-NaNo adjustment period is coming to a close. It’s time to get some work done before the holidays derail everything again. It’s coming and I can’t stop it.

December 8

  • Project: Inbetween
  • Total word count: 250,006
  • Today’s word count: 59
  • Thoughts: I’m still struggling, but I reached a massive milestone without realizing it today. 250k is a big deal. Maybe seeing that as my total word count will motivate me. I thought this story would wind down around 250,000 words and we’re definitely getting close to the end!
  • Tomorrow’s goal: Write more. It’s that simple. I just want to write more words. It’s not that hard. I wrote so much in November. Why can’t I do it in December? I can. I know I can!

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Writing Progress November 25 – December 1, 2019

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November 25

  • Project: The Dreams
  • Total word count: 118,434
  • Today’s word count: 1,283
  • Thoughts: I didn’t surpass yesterday’s word count, but I wrote! It wasn’t a bad day, but I did struggle a little. There’s something about certain scenes that really slows me down. I wish I could spot it before it happens, but so far I don’t know how to predict it. I just know it once it happens.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: More writing. So much more writing. This is the end of the month. I have to keep moving forward!

November 26

  • Project: The Dreams
  • Total word count: 119,546
  • Today’s word count: 5,091
  • Thoughts: You might notice that my total word count didn’t increase by the amount I listed as today’s word count. There’s a good reason for that. I was feeling a little conflicted creatively so instead of pushing myself to move forward, I looked back and wrote some alternate versions of scenes. I didn’t include those in my total word count for the draft because for now I’m keeping the original version of the scenes, but in my next draft I’ll have options for which way I want to take the story.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: More writing. I need a couple more fantastic writing days to finish NaNoWriMo with a win. I’m sure I can do it. I just need to stay focused!

November 27

  • Project: The Dreams
  • Total word count: 121,556
  • Today’s word count: 2,010
  • Thoughts: Well, it wasn’t another 5k day and that’s okay. For the most part. I was able to focus on the main story and I made a ton of progress. Do I wish I’d written more? Of course! Could I have written more today? I think I did the best I could with the time I had.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: It’ll be Thanksgiving. I don’t have any family obligations until the evening so I’m going to do my best to write before then. Will I take my laptop with me to my mom’s? Yes. Trying to NaNo at Thanksgiving is practically part of the holiday tradition for me. I’m not sure I’ll end up pulling the laptop out, but having the option is always nice.

November 28

  • Project: The Dreams
  • Total word count: 123,921
  • Today’s word count: 2,365
  • Thoughts: For today being a holiday, I think I did a great job. It wasn’t the most I’ve written all week, but it was a ton of words considering I had other things to do and needed to socialize with my family for at least a few hours.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: After some errands (and a stop at a video game store) I’ll be home and writing all day. Let’s hope I can make a huge dent in my remaining words for the month. I don’t want to break my wrists on the 30th.

November 29

  • Project: The Dreams
  • Total word count: 130,356
  • Today’s word count: 6,435
  • Thoughts: I pushed myself today so I wouldn’t have to push myself as hard tomorrow. It worked. I still with it would have worked a little better. It’s always nice to leave less work for future-me.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: Finish NaNoWriMo! I have a lot of writing to do. It’s my punishment for all the slacker days I had this month. I must pay my word-debt!

November 30

  • Project: The Dreams
  • Total word count: 145,014
  • Today’s word count: 14,658
  • Thoughts: Oh boy. This is a once-a-year-only kind of day. Only on the last day of NaNoWriMo can I find the motivation and endurance to pull off word counts like this. Honestly, I’m fine with that. I’d love to have more 2-5k days, but I don’t think I would be able to function if I did 10k+ days more often.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: I’m not sure if I’ll write at all tomorrow. I probably deserve a break, but right now I feel like writing more. We’ll have to see what tomorrow brings.

December 1

I forced myself to take a days off. I actually struggled not to write. I wanted to do it a few times. It felt weird not allowing myself to write since I usually jump on it as soon as the urge strikes. However, today I knew I needed a break even if the habit formed in my head insisted otherwise. I wrote every day for a month and towards the end I wrote a lot of words. My mind and body both needed a rest.

So I rested. I played some games. I watched Netflix. It was nice, but it wasn’t as nice as writing. I think I’m ready to jump back in.


How did NaNoWriMo go for you? Did you reach your goal for the month?

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What I Read in November

November is for NaNoWriMo so I never know what to expect from my reading habits. This month I actually managed to read a bit.

Books I finished reading in November:

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Books I’m currently reading:

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I’m still savoring my reread of The Fellowship of the Ring. I adore Tolkien. This time I find myself getting stuck rereading the songs and poems. I want to be able to do that! My poetry skills aren’t good enough yet. It’s something I’ll have to work on if I want to try to include poetry in my writing.

What books have you read recently? I’d love to know!

 

Writing Progress November 18 – 24, 2019

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November 18

  • Project: The Dreams
  • Total word count: 109,614
  • Today’s word count: 669
  • Thoughts: I thought today was going to be a complete disaster. It wasn’t. It might not have been the best day ever for writing, but I sat down and got some words out against the odds. I’m pretty proud of that.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: More writing. I can’t completely ignore the world tomorrow, but I should have a good bit of time to dedicate to writing. I just hope I don’t end up feeling too mentally and emotionally drained to concentrate on creative work. I wish more non-creatives understood how much it takes to be creative. The typing or act of writing isn’t the exhausting part. It’s making something others can comprehend from your mind.

November 19

  • Project: The Dreams
  • Total word count: 110,825
  • Today’s word count: 1,211
  • Thoughts: For a while there I thought I wouldn’t be able to write much at all. Then I had a burst of productivity after bedtime. I might be exhausted tomorrow but I think it’ll be worth it.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: More writing. I’m working on creating a writer-hermit persona since I only seem to have good writing days when I avoid interacting with the world outside my door.

November 20

  • Project: The Dreams
  • Total word count: 112,215
  • Today’s word count: 1,390
  • Thoughts: Another productive day! It was a bit unusual since I wrote slowly and steadily over a couple writing sessions. Typically, I have a couple writing sessions and the words happen in unpredictable bursts. I think writing slowly and steadily is more productive, but unpredictable bursts of writing are more exciting.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: More writing. I’m still avoiding the world. There are too many words to write for silly things like socializing and I’ll just pile all my errands on Friday and hope for the best. What could go wrong?

November 21

  • Project: The Dreams
  • Total word count: 113,902
  • Today’s word count: 1,687
  • Thoughts: Yay! Another productive day! I’m really loving The Dreams again. I’m evening dreaming about this story (ha!) so there’s no escaping it lately. I don’t want to escape. This project is so important to me and writing it makes me feel better every single day.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: More writing. It’s going to be Friday, but it’s NaNoWriMo so we’re going to ignore all of the Friday problems that usually plague me and focus on the writing. Things can fall apart a little. There’s all of December to fix things back up. No one is starving or living in filth, things just aren’t particularly tidy. It’ll be fine.

November 22

  • Project: The Dreams
  • Total word count: 114,479
  • Today’s word count: 577
  • Thoughts: I wrote! It was Friday and I still managed to write. That’s a big deal. If you regularly follow these progress updates, you know I struggle to write on Fridays because I’m always running errands and then in dire need to recharge.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: More writing. I should have plenty of time to write at home and it looks like I’ll also have a chance to go on a chill outing where I can write outside of the house!

November 23

  • Project: The Dreams
  • Total word count: 115,067
  • Today’s word count: 588
  • Thoughts: Well, it wasn’t a super productive day, but I still wrote. Progress is progress, I suppose. I just wasn’t feeling it. Some days it’s just hard to keep my mind on the story while other things are happening around me. Other days it’s easier. Today wasn’t one of the easy days.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: More writing. It should be a quiet Sunday at home, so my focus should find its way back.

November 24

  • Project: The Dreams
  • Total word count: 117,151
  • Today’s word count: 2,084
  • Thoughts: This was it! This was my most productive day of the month (so far). We’re getting to the end of the month so my word counts are going to be pretty high from here on out. I don’t have a choice. This is the fate of procrastinators.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: More writing. I guess I’ll challenge myself to see if I can write more than today. Maybe I’ll get as close to caught up as possible to caught up. Who knows? Anything could happen. The end of NaNoWriMo is a magical time full of amazing feats of writing.

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NaNoWriMo 21 Day Writing Streak

Here we are 21 days into NaNoWriMo and I’ve written every single day!

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It’s been a while since I went this many days without a break from writing. I thought I’d be feeling burned out by now, but I’m actually feeling great.

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My badges on the NaNoWriMo website are up to date. Whatever early-month hiccups there were seemed to have straightened themselves out at least on this part of the site.

I’m so glad. It’s a huge boost to my morale to have my effort reflected on the front page of the site.

How’s NaNoWriMo going for you? Have you found the badges on the website encouraging?

 

Writing Progress November 11 – 17, 2019

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November 11

  • Project: The Dreams
  • Total word count: 104,846
  • Today’s word count: 867
  • Thoughts: I started to despair today. I wasn’t making progress for hours and hours. Then I started to get sleepy and the words just tumbled out. It rarely happens, but when it does, it’s pretty great. Too bad I can’t reliably replicate the experience. I might give it a try if I feel like I need a nap.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: More writing, of course. Maybe I’ll have another sleepy writing burst. Maybe I’ll be incredibly focused and get a ton of writing done early in the day. I’ll probably end up scrambling to come up with words before bed because that’s when I’m usually feeling my most creative.

November 12

  • Project: The Dreams
  • Total word count: 105,342
  • Today’s word count: 496
  • Thougths: Today could have been better, but it could have been worse too. My main distraction was the cold weather. It got so cold so quickly today! The apartment got cold almost as quickly. I’m not a fan of being cold outside and I hate being cold inside. Lot’s of time was spent making hot drinks and raging at the weather.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: It’s going to be cold. I’m trying to accept that and get back to focusing on NaNoWriMo. Hopefully I’ll find some friends on Discord that are looking to write at the same time as me and we can encourage each other to write even more.

November 13

  • Project: The Dreams
  • Total word count: 107,033
  • Today’s word count: 1,691
  • Thoughts: Finally! Finally I’m writing at NaNoWriMo speed. It only took me nearly two weeks but I’m there. Let’s keep improving from here!
  • Tomorrow’s goal: Stay inside and write. It’s supposed to be really, really cold again so that will be extra motivation to stay where it is warm and I have access to a keyboard. That should make things easier, right?

November 14

  • Project: The Dreams
  • Total word count: 107,911
  • Today’s word count: 878
  • Thoughts: I wanted to do more. I wanted to do better. That didn’t happen, but I’m still so, so proud of myself. I woke up with a migraine. I thought the day might be a complete loss. It would’ve broken my writing streak which motivated me to at least try. It worked! I wrote a decent amount.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: It’s going to be Friday and a pretty busy day. I’m going to write at least a little bit. I’m committed to it!

November 15

  • Project: The Dreams
  • Total word count: 108,201
  • Today’s word count: 290
  • Thoughts: I knew I would be busy today but I tried to write anyway. I succeeded! It wasn’t a lot of words, but I managed to sit down and write. That’s a win for me!
  • Tomorrow’s goal: I’m going to be out of the house for a significant portion of the day again. I should be home at night. I hope I can get some words done then because I’m not going to have time at all before that. I’ll be out the door almost immediately after I get out of bed. It’s going to be a heck of a day.

November 16

  • Project: The Dreams
  • Total word count: 208,512
  • Today’s word count: 311
  • Thoughts: I had an early start and a busy day away from my keyboard. I was home in the evening, but I was too tired to really push myself to write. The words I did manage took way too long to write. I’m glad I did, but I wouldn’t want to struggle for so long every day.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: I have one more day of getting up early and going out and about. I hope I’ll be able to recover from it and still be productive in the evening. It should be a quiet night at home so I’m optimistic.

November 17

  • Project: The Dreams
  • Total word count: 108,945
  • Today’s word count: 433
  • Thoughts: I thought I would be more productive today. It just didn’t work out like that. I should be used to this by now. Nothing ever goes the way I planned. I just need to enjoy the productive days when I manage to make them happen.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: Stay home. Write. Be productive in every way possible. I think it’ll happen. Maybe that means it won’t, but it won’t stop me from trying.

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14 Day NaNoWriMo Writing Streak

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I updated my word count earlier today and that means I’ve officially written for 2 weeks straight! It’s far from the first time I’ve accomplished this, but doing it during NaNoWriMo is a big deal.

Missing a day during NaNoWriMo really messes up my momentum. Some people make it work. I can make it work if I have no other choice. However, years of experience has taught me that consistency makes the challenge so much easier.

I’m still behind word count-wise, but I’m closing the gap bit by bit. My word counts are growing and becoming more and NaNoWriMo-like. At this rate I’ll be in great shape for my usual end of the month final push.

The best news this year is that I’m still in love with my story. It’s not uncommon to get sick of a story after the first week or so. We’re two weeks in and I think I’m more excited about writing this story than I was at the start of the month.

How’s NaNo going for you? Have you kept up your writing streak?

Writing Progress November 4 – 10, 2019

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November 4

  • Project: The Dreams
  • Total word count: 100,501
  • Today’s word count: 219
  • Thoughts: I thought I would spend the day at home and writing. I ended up having more work to do out in the real world. It took a lot out of me and honestly, I’m starting to feel a little discouraged. I need time and I’m not getting it. Instead I’m having days that leave me more and more drained and further behind.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: Once again I have a reason to go out and face the world. There will be less of a social aspect to tomorrow’s task so I’m hoping I won’t end up as drained. Time will be the main factor.

November 5

  • Project: The Dreams
  • Total word count: 101,404
  • Today’s word count: 903
  • Thoughts: Yay! Today went about as well as I could have hoped. I’m still not writing at NaNoWriMo levels, but I’m getting there and making progress. I’m going to get there soon. I can feel it. As long as I’m making progress at this point, I’m happy.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: More writing. I shouldn’t have to go out and run any errands. Hiding from the November weather and ignoring the world while writing sounds like just what I need at this point. I’m getting what I need and I’m going to make the most of it.

November 6

  • Project: The Dreams
  • Total word count: 102,435
  • Today’s word count: 1,031
  • Thoughts: I did it! I managed over 1,000 words in a day. It’s been a while since that last happened. A long, long while. I’m just glad it happened again. Now I need to keep doing better. This is NaNoWriMo. There’s plenty of motivation and support around.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: More writing. I should have another rather uneventful day. That should make it easy for me to make time to sit down and focus on my writing. It’s a lot easier this month since so many of my friends are also doing NaNoWriMo and aren’t providing as many distractions as usual.

November 7

  • Project: The Dreams
  • Total word count: 102,635
  • Today’s word count: 200
  • Thoughts: I lost some steam today. I just wasn’t feeling it. I wasn’t feeling much of anything. I wrapped up a big, emotional scene and had a hard time starting the next one. Maybe I was emotionally drained? It’s hard to tell.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: It’s Friday, but it’s also NaNoWriMo. I’m going to make it work. That’s the extra motivation I’m missing the rest of the year. I can make this work.

November 8

  • Project: The Dreams
  • Total word count: 103,442
  • Today’s word count: 807
  • Thoughts: It’s not NaNoWriMo good, but it’s such a vast improvement over yesterday. I can’t help feeling thrilled. I’m making progress. This month is going great, in my opinion. Maybe it’ll just keep getting better.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: Saturdays can be tricky, but this will be a NaNoWriMo Saturday. This month has some special power to keep me on track. Maybe I just talk up this month so much that people in my life have just made it a habit to leave me alone and let me write during this month. Sometimes I even get encouragement!

November 9

  • Project: The Dreams
  • Total word count: 103,721
  • Today’s word count: 279
  • Thoughts: Today went about as well as I expected. I hoped for more, but I knew better than to count on it. I spent most of the day feeling restless and unable to focus. It wasn’t helped by everything seeming to want to pull me in a different direction. I’m impressed I managed to focus enough to write at all.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: More writing! Sundays are usually pretty quiet. I shouldn’t be too distracted. I hope.

November 10

  • Project: The Dreams
  • Total word count: 103,979
  • Today’s word count: 258
  • Thoughts: What a distracted day! I sat down to write and then I stood up again. I walked around and danced a bit to work off some of my excess energy, but the energy seemed to be infinite! Obviously, I did have a bit of success, but it wasn’t the sort of day I wanted to have.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: This week I should have a quiet Monday. It feels like I haven’t had one of those in a long, long time. It’s probably been two weeks, but my feelings don’t care. It’s been forever.

Are you doing NaNoWriMo? What’s your proudest writing accomplishment of the week?

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