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.

With this chapter, like every chapter of The Dreams, I owe a huge thank you to my fantastic supporters. If you want to support my writing and help my creations go from first draft to maybe someday a real book you can hold in your hands, head over to my Patreon.

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Writing Progress November 12 – 18, 2018

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November 12

  • Project: The Dreams
  • Total word count: 64,662
  • Today’s word count: 1,522
  • Thoughts: Today kicked my butt. I fought a migraine for every word I wrote. I had some moments where I was relatively pain free and I did my best to use them to my advantage. I felt tired, but pretty normal late at night, and I tried to take advantage of that by writing in bed. I wasn’t particularly productive and crashed pretty soon after I settled in with my laptop.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: Feel better. Make up for my less than stellar word counts lately.

November 13

  • Project: The Dreams
  • Total word count: 66,285
  • Today’s word count: 1,623
  • Thoughts: Today wasn’t bad, but it wasn’t great either. I’m hoping this is just because I’m still bouncing back from my migraine.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: More writing. I also want to get another scene dump ready and posted for my patrons. It’s going to be a busy day!

November 14

  • Project: The Dreams
  • Total word count: 67,049
  • Today’s word count: 764
  • Thoughts: Ugh. Today was a busy day, but I was not as productive word count-wise as I hoped to be. I got distracted and when I tried to focus I just wasn’t as fast as I’ve been on other days. Maybe I’m just in a bit of a slump?
  • Tomorrow’s goal: More writing. Hopefully I can get out of this slump. I’m not ready to stop trying.

November 15

  • Project: The Dreams
  • Total word count: 69,540
  • Today’s word count: 2,491
  • Thoughts: Today was pretty productive! I really wanted to have a great writing day after the kinda meh day I had yesterday. I think I succeeded.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: More writing. I know it will be Friday, but I think I can still have a pretty decent writing day.

November 16

  • Project: The Dreams
  • Total word count: 70,806
  • Today’s word count: 1,266
  • Thoughts: Well, it was Friday. I got in one good writing session and that was it. I wanted to write more, but I when I found more time I was already exhausted. It happens, I guess.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: Make Saturday more successful than Friday. I don’t have any major, day-consuming plans this weekend so I should have as easier time fitting in a good amount of writing.

November 17

  • Project: The Dreams
  • Total word count: 71,525
  • Today’s word count: 719
  • Thoughts: Today was a struggle. I couldn’t get into the right mindset for writing. I’m not sure why. If I’d figured it out, I would have done more to try to change it. Overall, it wasn’t a bad day, just not a great one for writing.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: More writing. I have nothing else to do. I can make it happen.

November 18

  • Project: The Dreams
  • Total word count: 73,630
  • Today’s word count: 2,105
  • Thoughts: Today was a productive Sunday! I wrote. I took a break. I wrote some more later. That’s about all I can hope for in a day of writing.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: I’m going to be busy in the morning, but I’m hoping to find time to write in the afternoon and again in the evening.

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Writing Progress November 5 – 11, 2018

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November 5

  • Project: The Dreams
  • Total word count: 53,753
  • Today’s word count: 2,708
  • Thoughts: Today was an extremely productive day. I can hardly believe how much I wrote. I don’t even feel like much of it will need work later on. I wrote a lot of good words today and it felt fantastic.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: More writing. I’m not sure I’ll be able to beat today’s word count, but I think I’d like to try.

November 6

  • Project: The Dreams
  • Total word count: 56,231
  • Today’s word count: 2,478
  • Thoughts: Another productive day! I’m thrilled with all the words I’ve been writing. I didn’t write more words than I did yesterday, but I think I got pretty close. No complaints here.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: Continue writing. Get a collection of scenes from the first week of NaNoWriMo cleaned up and posted for patrons over on my Patreon. I’ve been so productive, it should be a good chunk of reading for them.

November 7

  • Project: The Dreams
  • Total word count: 58,339
  • Today’s word count: 2,108
  • Thoughts: Today was wild. I posted my week 1 progress for my patrons over on Patreon. On top of that, I wrote over 2,000 words again!
  • Tomorrow’s goal: More writing! I’m so excited to keep writing this month.

November 8

  • Project: The Dreams
  • Total word count: 60,134
  • Today’s word count: 1,795
  • Thoughts: Wow. It’s weird to think of a day I write 1,795 words as a slow day, but compared to the start of the week, it seems like I’m slowing down. Not good!
  • Tomorrow’s goal: Write! It’ll be Friday. Fridays are always hard for me. I’m trying to remain optimistic, but I’m not sure what I’ll manage to do.

November 9

  • Project: The Dreams
  • Total word count: 61,624
  • Today’s word count: 1,490
  • Thoughts: Well, today was definitely a Friday. It was much more productive than an average Friday because I’m still riding the NaNoWriMo motivation wave, but it’s nothing compared to early this week.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: Write! I’m going to be busy, but I’m planning on getting together to write with friends in the evening. Hopefully I’ll be able to make up for some of the lost writing time then.

November 10

  • Project: The Dreams
  • Total word count: 62,456
  • Today’s word count: 832
  • Thoughts: Today was such a busy day. I honestly don’t know how I even managed to write the words I did.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: Back to writing. I have no serious plans tomorrow and I’m looking forward to focusing on writing again.

November 11

  • Project: The Dreams
  • Total word count: 63,140
  • Today’s word count: 684
  • Thoughts: Week two of NaNoWriMo is always hard. Some people run out of ideas/outline and lose steam, some people get sick after not sleeping or eating right during week one, and some people (like me) get a migraine. I tried to write once I thought my symptoms were manageable, but the window of opportunity was not large enough to do a full NaNo day’s worth of writing.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: Hopefully feel better and get back on track with my writing.

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Welcome to my Blog: What to Expect

There’s been a steady trickle of new followers on this blog lately.

I just wanted to say hi! Thanks for deciding to check out my writing. I really appreciate it.

What Posts to Expect?

  • weekly progress reports
  • new chapters of my fantasy serials
  • monthly reading updates
  • NaNoWriMo related posts before and during WriMo events

What Else to Expect?

  • late chapters/a sudden change to my posting schedule
  • rambling in my progress reports
  • I will get excited and nervous every time I see a new comment notification on this blog always

If you just started following this blog in November, you should be warned that this month is a little different from business as usual. I’m working on a new draft of my first serial for NaNoWriMo (in hopes of eventually turning it into a proper book). To focus on getting as much done as possible with The Dreams this month I’ve put Inbetween on hiatus until December.

Be prepared for more posts next month!

Writing Progress October 29 – November 4, 2018

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October 29

  • Project: Inbetween
  • Total word count: 202,769
  • Today’s word count: 156
  • Thoughts: Today was odd. I decided I wanted to keep writing in the final days leading up to NaNoWriMo, but I spent most of the day chatting about NaNo with people on Twitter and Discord. I’m not upset about this, but it’s a bit odd to think one thing and end up doing another without an external influence.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: More writing or not. I’m not pressuring myself to do anything.

October 30

  • Project: Inbetween
  • Total word count: 203,468
  • Today’s word count: 699

  • Project: The Dreams
  • Total word count: 46,127
  • Today’s word count: -1

  • Thoughts: Today was pretty productive! I love productive days! I hope I can build on this momentum for NaNoWriMo.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: More writing! Maybe I should rest up before the writing marathon begins, but I’ve done that in previous years and I just don’t feel like doing it again this year.

October 31

  • Project: Inbetween
  • Total word count: 203,566
  • Today’s word count: 98
  • Thoughts: I wrote a bit, but NaNoWriMo excitement kept me away from writing. It seems silly considering it is a writing event, but I was too busy talking about it during hours leading up to midnight to do much else.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: NANOWRIMO!

November 1

  • Project: The Dreams
  • Total word count: 47,957
  • Today’s word count: 1,830
  • Thoughts: It was the first day of NaNoWriMo. What more can I say? The energy was great for writing.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: More writing. More NaNoWriMo. Let’s hope I can ignore the fact that it is Friday.

November 2

  • Project: The Dreams
  • Total word count: 48,873
  • Today’s word count: 916
  • Thoughts: Ugh. Fridays are hard. I tried. Considering how most of my Fridays go, this was an extremely successful day and if it was any other day of the week my word count would be astronomical.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: More writing. Tomorrow is Double Up Day. I’m going to try to write two days worth of words in one day. Let’s see how that goes!

November 3

  • Project: The Dreams
  • Total word count: 49,834
  • Today’s word count: 961
  • Thoughts: Today wasn’t bad. I’m still managing to get decent word counts, but they’re not good enough for NaNoWriMo. I need to focus on writing more and other weekend things less.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: Find time to write around the weekend stuff. I have another busy day ahead of me so this might be a bit of a challenge.

November 4

  • Project: The Dreams
  • Total word count: 51,045
  • Today’s word count: 1,211
  • Thoughts: I was out of the house for most of the day. When I got home I was exhausted. Somehow I still managed to write a decent number of words. It wasn’t enough to get caught up for NaNoWriMo, but I’m not complaining.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: More writing. I know I can do it. I have the time. I have the motivation!

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NaNoWriMo is Almost Here!

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This will be my forth main NaNoWriMo event while maintaining this blog. Every year I’ve tried to approach my blog updates during November a little differently. I’m changing things up again this year.

Inbetween will be on hiatus for the month of November

I haven’t put a serial on hiatus for NaNoWriMo since 2015 and back then I was just getting started. In 2016 and 2017 I was afraid to take a whole month off. I wanted to keep up the momentum.

This year I think a hiatus is the best thing to me and my writing. Last year I juggled keeping up with Inbetween while trying to work on The Dreams for NaNoWriMo. It just about burned me out and I was stressed out trying to keep up with my weekly posts for months after the event was over.

Honestly, I thought about trying to do it again.

I like to push myself. I like being consistent. It seems like there are a lot of pros to succeeding and only one really big, ugly con.

Over the last few days I’ve convinced the stubborn, ambitious part of myself that I’ll be happier and healthier if I give myself permission to take a break.

That’s the hardest part. There’s no one else to give me permission to take this break. I can ask friends and patrons for their opinion, but the final decision is mine alone. I’m not good at giving myself permission to deviate from my original goals.

This will be the start of working toward some new goals. I have every intention of returning to my posting routine in December, but I need some time to get The Dreams off the ground and I’m the only one who can give me that time.

I’m looking forward to dedicating a month to writing. I hope you’ll be ready and waiting for more of Inbetween in December.

Writing Progress October 22 -28, 2018

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October 22

  • Project: Inbetween
  • Total word count: 200,865
  • Today’s word count: 549
  • Thoughts: Today was a pretty good writing day. I felt motivated. Granted, a major motivation was trying to warm up my fingers, but it worked so I’m not going to complain.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: More writing! I might get a chapter revised too. We’ll see what happens.

October 23

  • Project: Inbetween
  • Total word count: 200,974
  • Today’s word count: 109
  • Thoughts: Today was a struggle. I didn’t get a lot words down, but I did do a lot of thinking about my novel. It’s hard to feel like that’s actually work, but I know that it is essential.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: More writing. Hopefully some revising. Hopefully less distracted (but I wouldn’t count on it).

October 24

  • Project: Inbetween
  • Total word count: 201,058
  • Today’s word count: 84
  • Thoughts: Today was not the most productive day. I had a feeling it would not be, but I had hoped I would be wrong.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: More writing. Maybe some revising. We’ll see what happens. I’m trying not to put too much pressure on myself right before the start of NaNoWriMo.

October 25

  • Project: Inbetween
  • Total word count: 201,208
  • Today’s word count: 150
  • Thoughts: Today wasn’t great, but it wasn’t bad either. I’m distracted, but I know I’m distracted so I can make an effort to steer myself back on track. It’s not much of an advantage (as you can see from my still pitiful word count) but it is something.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: Fridays are always weird. I’m going to write, but I’m not going to count on writing a lot of words.

October 26

  • Project: Inbetween
  • Total word count: 201,266
  • Today’s word count: 58
  • Thoughts: Today was a pretty typical Friday word count-wise. It was not a typical Friday in other ways. Today I received my new-to-me writing laptop that will help me write on the go during NaNoWriMo and beyond. I spent part of the day setting the laptop up with my programs and letting it download and install updates.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: Write! I think I’ll find a cozy corner somewhere (probably still within my apartment because the weather looks like it will be gross) and write on my laptop to break it in.

October 27

  • Project: Inbetween
  • Total word count: 202,078
  • Today’s word count: 812
  • Thoughts: A change of scenery did the trick! I wrote on my new writing machine today and it was great. I feel so ready for NaNoWriMo now.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: More writing. Revising! Let’s do all the things!

October 28

  • Project: Inbetween
  • Total word count: 202,613
  • Today’s word count: 535

  • Project: The Dreams
  • Total word count: 46,128
  • Today’s word count: 2

  • Thoughts: Today was a busy day. I posted a scene from draft 3 of The Dreams over on Patreon. I posted a new chapter of Inbetween here on the blog. On top of that, I wrote! It was a great day.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: More writing. I’m feeling pretty motivated. Let’s see if I can make it happen!

Enjoy my content? Want to be one of the first to see the new version of The Dreams? Pledge $1 on Patreon to gain early access to my work, bonus content and our Discord server while helping me survive as a writer. New scenes from The Dreams are going up regularly on Patreon now and there will be many more coming through November!

Want to help others find my work? Vote for The Dreams and Inbetween on Top Web Fiction to help my serials climb the ranks and reach more readers. Voting is free and there’s no log in required.

Writing Progress October 15 – 21, 2018

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October 15

  • Project: Inbetween
  • Total word count: 199,595
  • Today’s word count: 386
  • Thoughts: Today wasn’t so bad. I made some progress. I would have made more, but I got distracted from writing while already up too late so I made myself go to bed. Maybe that wasn’t the right decision, but I like sleep.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: More writing. Revising. Maybe a chapter will be posted? I hope so!

October 16

  • Project: Inbetween
  • Total word count: 199,972
  • Today’s word count: 377
  • Thoughts: Today was productive. I wrote. I revised. I posted a new chapter. Then I sat around and did nothing much at all for a couple hours before bed. I forgot how much I love doing nothing.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: More writing! I’m feeling pretty motivated. Do you see that total word count up there? If I write tomorrow I’ll hit 200k!

October 17

  • Project: Inbetween
  • Total word count: 200,178
  • Today’s word count: 206
  • Thoughts: I broke 200k with Inbetween! Holy cow this has been a long journey. I feel like 100k to 200k took a really, really long time. It probably did. I’ve been fighting the soggy middle of this story for a long time. It’s a long story so the middle is absolutely massive. Passing 200k hopefully marks a transition toward the end of the story. That isn’t to say that Inbetween will end in 10k or 20k words, but I can see the story working its way toward a resolution now. It’s a great, motivating feeling.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: More writing. More revising. I’m feeling pretty motivated so let’s see where that takes me.

October 18

  • Project: Inbetween
  • Total word count: 200,283
  • Today’s word count: 105

  • Project: The Dreams
  • Total word count: 46,126
  • Today’s word count: -3

  • Thoughts: My word counts don’t look spectacular today, but I’m pretty happy with my progress. I wrote. I checked over a scene from draft 3 of The Dreams and posted it over on Patreon (you should join us over there and check it out). I’m still looking for a better way to record my progress for stuff like editing, revisions, or outlining, but for now I guess these notes about it will have to do.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: More writing. More revising. Let’s go!

October 19

No progress made. I posted another scene from draft 3 of The Dreams over on Patreon, but other than that I didn’t put much attention into my writing.

October 20

  • Project: Inbetween
  • Total word count: 200,300
  • Today’s word count: 17
  • Thoughts: Today was busy, but not a sit-down-and-write kind of busy. I had to do a lot early in the day and ran out of steam pretty early.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: Stay home. Take it easy. Write a ton of words.

October 21

  • Project: Inbetween
  • Total word count: 200,316
  • Today’s word count: 16
  • Thoughts: Today was strange. I intended to write. Instead, I spent way too much time learning about laptops that would make a good, cheap replacement for my current laptop which is from 2011 and now anchored to an outlet by a worn out battery. Fortunately, I may have found a good replacement so this shouldn’t continue to be a distraction.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: Back to writing. Hopefully I’ll make some real progress to make up for my lackluster weekend progress.

Enjoy my content? Want to be one of the first to see the new version of The Dreams? Pledge $1 on Patreon to gain early access to my work, bonus content and our Discord server while helping me survive as a writer. New scenes from The Dreams are going up regularly on Patreon now and there will be many more coming through November!

Want to help others find my work? Vote for The Dreams and Inbetween on Top Web Fiction to help my serials climb the ranks and reach more readers.

Two Weeks Until NaNoWriMo: NaNoPrep Gets Real

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NaNoWriMo is only two weeks away. If you’re a planner, you’ve probably been hard at work on character sketches and your outline. If you’re more of a pantser, your methods are a bit more of a mystery to me, but I’m sure you’ve been busy preparing as well.

I’m going to keep preparing The Dreams for a huge influx of new words over the next two weeks but during these final weeks my focus shifts to preparing to take care of myself while being incredibly busy.

NaNoWriMo takes place during a busy time of year and adding writing a novel to the equation can throw even an experienced WriMo’s life off balance. Over the last twelve years, I’ve learned that I need to make a plan to make life livable while dedicating more hours each day to writing during November.

Today I thought I’d share some of the ways I prepare during the second half of October to survive NaNoWriMo.

Buy Snacks

Halloween candy goes on sale November 1, but it’s not wise to rely on discount candy to get you through a whole month of writing (not to mention the good candy rarely stays on the shelves past Halloween). Healthy snacks are probably even more important than cheap, fun-sized sweets and I can buy them ahead of time without worrying that I’m missing out on a deal later.

Plan Meals

Making and freezing meals ahead of time is usually recommended for NaNoWriMo. I’d love to do this, but I have very limited freezer space. Instead, I stock up on supplies for crockpot meals and semi-homemade food that I can prepare in 15 minutes or less. I also try to squirrel away some extra money for pizza days when I’m too overwhelmed to bother.

Clean

I’m lucky enough not to host Thanksgiving so if my apartment gets a little grubby during November I don’t have to worry about guests noticing it. I try to get everything tidied up at the end of October so it won’t get too bad if I decide to cut corners in November.

Get Plenty of Rest/Eat Healthy

Getting sick at the start of November is almost certain to derail plans for a NaNoWriMo win. It’s impossible to guarantee I won’t catch a cold around November 1, but I can do my best to keep my immune system in decent shape before the chaos begins. I try not to push myself too hard in the second half of October so I’m well rested for at least a couple days at the start of November.


Do you do anything to prepare for NaNoWriMo outside of planning your novel? I’d love to know so I can add it to my own preparation plans.