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 January 8 – 14, 2018

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January 8

  • Project: Inbetween
  • Total word count: 138,696
  • Today’s word count: 14
  • Thoughts: My bad luck streak seems to continue! Our heat was acting up today. The furnace in the basement of the building must have switched off for one reason or another very early Monday morning. Most of the apartment hovered around 50 degrees while a space heater in the computer room fought to bring the temperature up to 60. If that wasn’t bad enough, one of my monitors died completely so I’m working with half the screen space I’m used to for reference, writing, etc. A replacement/upgrade is on the way now, but isn’t due to arrive until the 17th.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: Warm up. Relearn how to function with one 19 inch monitor for the time being. WRITE!

January 9

  • Project: Inbetween
  • Total word count: 138,866
  • Today’s word count: 170
  • Thoughts: Better. Not great. But better. I can build up from this. At this point, I think it is a little bit too much to expect me to be back to 100% in one day. It will be a gradual process. It will happen.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: More writing. More revising. Get an overdue chapter posted?

January 10

  • Project: Inbetween
  • Total word count: 138,968
  • Today’s word count: 102
  • Thoughts: Still waiting on that miraculous breakthrough that will make everything about my usual routine work again. I don’t know what to do. I’m feeling pretty discouraged.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: Back to writing. I can do this.

January 11

  • Project: Inbetween
  • Total word count: 139,281
  • Today’s word count: 313
  • Thoughts: Better! I feel like I’m getting somewhere now! Today did a lot to lift my spirits. I think I can get back to writing a significant amount every day now.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: More of the same, but better!

January 12

  • Project: Inbetween
  • Total word count: 139,429
  • Today’s word count: 148
  • Thoughts: Friday’s are usually not great days for writing so I didn’t have the highest of expectations, but today wasn’t all that bad compared to the rest of my days lately. It could be better, of course, but I’ve had many worse writing days lately.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: Write! Maybe finally get a chapter posted?

January 13

  • Project: Inbetween
  • Total word count: 139,544
  • Today’s word count: 115
  • Thoughts: Still not the kind of day I was hoping for. I don’t know what I need to change to get things back on track, but I hope I figure it out soon.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: More writing. Hopefully, a lot more writing.

January 14

  • Project: Inbetween
  • Total word count: 139,789
  • Today’s word count: 245
  • Thoughts: I feel like I finally had a breakthrough today. I know my work count still isn’t particularly impressive, but today I felt something change. I think the writing part of my brain has switched back on.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: More writing! I’m confident I can make it happen.

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Writing Progress January 1 – 7, 2018

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January 1

No writing progress made. I intended to write today, but I couldn’t make it happen. Since it’s technically a holiday, I didn’t try to force it.

January 2

  • Project: Inbetween
  • Total word count: 137,945
  • Today’s word count: 34
  • Thoughts: I tried. Today was a really hard day. A migraine knocked me out of the game for most of the day, and when I finally sat down to try to write some words much later in the day, I was too mentally drained to put much effort in.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: Write more. I don’t care how I make it happen. I need to write.

January 3

  • Project: Inbetween
  • Total word count: 138,299
  • Today’s word count: 354
  • Thoughts: Better. Not great, but better. I can improve from here.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: More writing. Revising. I want to do it all.

January 4

  • Project: Inbetween
  • Total word count: 138,404
  • Today’s word count: 105
  • Thoughts: I had a lot of trouble with anxiety today and my writing paid the price. I couldn’t focus as much as I’d hoped. It was a disappointing day in many ways.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: Make up for Thursday by being more awesome than usual.

January 5

  • Project: Inbetween
  • Total word count: 138,456
  • Today’s word count: 52
  • Thoughts: Well, I revised a little. I wrote very little. It just wasn’t a good day. I was cold and generally miserable most of the day. It didn’t lead to me being very focused on any one thing. I need to figure out how to be more productive.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: Wrap up revising, write, get this week’s chapter posted. Let’s hope I can do it!

January 6

  • Project: Inbetween
  • Total word count: 138,527
  • Today’s word count: 71
  • Thoughts: I still haven’t found my mojo. I don’t know exactly how I lost it, but it’s been missing pretty consistently since the end of NaNoWriMo. Worrying about it only makes it worse so I think it might be stress related. I wish I had a big enough backlog to take a week off from writing, but the holidays burned through the tiny backlog I had left.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: Try to write. Try to revise. Try to get the chapter posted.

January 7

  • Project: Inbetween
  • Total word count: 138,682
  • Today’s word count: 155
  • Thoughts: Well, today was not as great as I hoped it would be. I can’t seem to catch a break lately. I don’t know how much of it is environmental and how much of it is in my head, but I’m having some serious issues getting my work done these days. Today’s biggest hiccup: one of my monitors started malfunctioning. Yes, I could still write with just one monitor, but I can’t leave something alone when I think I could fix it.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: More writing. Finally get this chapter posted. It’s been long enough!

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Writing Progress December 25 – 31, 2017

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December 25

  • Project: Inbetween
  • Total word count: 137,060
  • Today’s word count: 682
  • Thoughts: Today turned out to be a lot more productive than I thought. It wasn’t what I expected, but I’ll take it.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: Let’s see if I can get this past due chapter posted. Finally!

December 26

  • Project: Inbetween
  • Total word count: 137,094
  • Today’s word count: 34
  • Thoughts: Today was chaos. The only good thing was that I got a chapter posted. Unfortunately, I didn’t get much done outside of revising and formatting that chapter.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: Write more. Make up for the bad writing days.

December 27

  • Project: Inbetween
  • Total word count: 137,227
  • Today’s word count: 133
  • Thoughts: Today was not the best writing day I’ve ever had. I found myself incredibly distracted for most of the day. I fought hard to get the words that I did so at least I know I tried.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: More writing. More revising. Let’s go!

December 28

  • Project: Inbetween
  • Total word count: 137,418
  • Today’s word count: 191
  • Thoughts: I don’t know why writing is going so slow these days. I think that the holidays have really thrown me off my routine. Once I can make a new routine I should be fine.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: Writing. Revising. Let’s get back on schedule!

December 29

  • Project: Inbetween
  • Total word count: 137,570
  • Today’s word count: 152
  • Thoughts: Ugh. Today could have been so much better, but I just didn’t have that spark of inspiration to sustain the initial motivation.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: More of the same. Let’s hope I can get inspired and really make things work for me. Wanting to write only works well when you know what you want to write.

December 30

  • Project: Inbetween
  • Total word count: 137,868
  • Today’s word count: 298
  • Thoughts: Ugh. I have a cold. It’s a nightmare. I can’t concentrate and I get frustrated easily.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: Try not to be sick anymore. Maybe get a chapter posted before the month is over.

December 31

  • Project: Inbetween
  • Total word count: 197,911
  • Today’s word count: 43
  • Thoughts: Well, I’m not surprised that today didn’t go the greatest. I did wake up feeling a bit better, but we had a party for the new year to host. I might have managed to write more, if the circumstances were different, but I have no regrets.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: It’ll be a new year. I should probably have some huge, new goals, but I just want to write. I’d love to get back on track with bigger word counts on a regular basis and I think January 1st is a great day to start moving toward that goal.

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Writing Progress December 18 – 24, 2017

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December 18

  • Project: Inbetween
  • Total word count: 134,851
  • Today’s word count: 122
  • Thoughts: I wrote! It’s something. After stepping away for a few days it’s really hard to get back in the swing of things.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: More writing! I’m positive I can do it. There’s no reason I can’t write a ton of words.

December 19

  • Project: Inbetween
  • Total word count: 135,259
  • Today’s word count: 408
  • Thoughts: I seem to be getting my groove back. I was hoping for 500 words today, but I had another day where I just suddenly stopped having energy and needed to sleep. I really thought I had at least another hour to write and wrap up my day, but nope!
  • Tomorrow’s goal: More writing! I’m confident I can do it!

December 20

  • Project: Inbetween
  • Total word count: 135,628
  • Today’s word count: 369
  • Thoughts: Today wasn’t terrible, but it wasn’t as great as I hoped it would be either. I can’t say I’m disappointed. After the awful time I had writing for most of this month, I’m happy to be writing at all.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: Writing, revising. Everything.

December 21

  • Project: Inbetween
  • Total word count: 136,203
  • Today’s word count: 575
  • Thoughts: Today was a pretty good writing day. My greatest downfall was taking a break. I could have written so much more if I didn’t allow myself to stop when I did. It was so hard picking up where I left off later and it really slowed me down.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: More writing. More revising. More everything. Let’s do this!

December 22

  • Project: Inbetween
  • Total word count: 136,254
  • Today’s word count: 51
  • Thoughts: Ugh. Today did not go my way. I wish I could explain exactly why it didn’t work out, but I do know my anxiety was part of the problem.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: Write write write. Get a chapter posted. I really hope I can!

December 23

  • Project: Inbetween
  • Total word count: 136,277
  • Today’s word count: 23
  • Thoughts: Today was not a good writing day. I can’t put my finger on why it didn’t work out, but I struggled to write any words at all.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: Let’s try to write, but not until after my family’s Christmas stuff. I might manage to get a chapter posted if I’m lucky.

December 24

  • Project: Inbetween
  • Total word count: 136,378
  • Today’s word count: 101
  • Thoughts: This is about what I expect for Christmas Eve. I’m not going to beat myself up over it. I’ll just try to do better tomorrow since we’re planning to stay in and take it easy.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: Relaxing. Writing. Probably other fun stuff.

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