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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Let’s look at some of my NaNoWriMo charts

I love all the graphs and charts NaNoWriMo gives us to track our month of writing so I thought I’d share some of mine with you.

 

I won NaNoWriMo this year which felt pretty great after not getting anywhere close last year. However, as soon as I realized I’d hit that 50k goal I lost all my momentum. As soon as I finished that thought, I was done for the night.

I was really, really consistent for the first few days of the month. I shocked myself with my consistency. I don’t think I’ve ever pulled that off before and I’ve done NaNoWriMo every year since 2006.

I had a couple rough patches though the month but I was lucky enough to find the time and energy to make up for the days I could barely write.

This chart makes it really clear which days were my bad days. Some of these days I could barely stand looking at screens because I had a migraine. I was unlucky enough to have two migraines during November. Two of my bad writing days were because I was lucky enough to spend time with friends so at least those days weren’t bad overall.

Here’s a different view of the same stats. Things were really up and down in the middle of the month!

This statistic is pretty accurate, but I’d probably say I write the most between 9PM and 12AM. However, I wrote a lot more during the day this year than I had in the past. I tended to update the NaNoWriMo site around 11PM each night and then scramble to write enough to get caught up or as close to caught up as I could by midnight. Most nights once midnight hit I was done writing and started to wind down and get ready for bed.

What I Read in November

I never know what to expect when it comes to reading in November. Trying to write 50,000 words in a month can really interfere with reading time, but sometimes making a book come out of my brain really makes me want to shove more books in there.

Books I finished reading in November:

  • Lore Olympus: Volume One – Rachel Smythe
  • Dark Lord of Derkholm – Diana Wynne Jones

Books I’m currently reading:

  • House of Many Ways – Diana Wynne Jones
  • Gideon the Ninth – Tamsyn Muir
  • Year of the Griffin – Diana Wynne Jones

What books did you read in November? Did you end up taking a break from reading to focus on writing during NaNoWriMo?

Happy Thanksgiving (and final days of NaNoWriMo)

Happy Thanksgiving to everyone celebrating today and happy Thursday to everyone else!

I’m thankful for all of you and all my writing friends across the internet.

We’re in the final stretch of NaNoWriMo for this year. I’m behind again, which is normal. I’m actually less behind than I am most years at this time. That gives me hope for winning this month.

Hopefully everyone else writing this month is on track to win. If you have a long holiday weekend I hope you are able to use some of that time to write.

Writing Progress November 1–7, 2021

November 1

  • Project: Inbetween (novel version)
  • Total word count: 1,675
  • Today’s word count: 1,675
  • Thoughts: I wrote a bit at midnight and the went to bed. When I woke up, I couldn’t find a chunk of time for uninterrupted, focused writing. Instead, I picked away at my word count throughout the day. Then midnight was approaching. I really wanted to be on track at least for the first day of the month so I pushed myself to finish up the words before midnight. Somehow it worked. What I wrote isn’t perfect but I can see some personality in it already. That’s enough to keep me going.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: It’s NaNoWriMo so I’ll be aiming to write another 1,667 words or so. I can’t wait to see how it goes.

November 2

  • Project: Inbetween (novel version)
  • Total word count: 3,377
  • Today’s word count: 1,702
  • Thoughts: I’m on track two days in a row! Usually I don’t do a good job at staying consistent at the start of NaNoWriMo. It’s like I’m caught up in the excitement and it just completely derails my good intentions. My focus must be a bit better this year that usual.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: Hopefully I can keep this consistent writing streak going. I’m feeling pretty motivated and I don’t want to lose momentum this month (even though I know it isn’t likely I will be consistent for 30 days).

November 3

  • Project: Inbetween (novel version)
  • Total word count: 5,103
  • Today’s word count: 1,726
  • Thoughts: There was a bit of time today I worried I wouldn’t get my word count for the day. I didn’t reach it until there was about a half hour left in the day. It could have been worse, but I felt the pressure. I didn’t like it.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: I’m going to do my best to not cut it close again. The stress made me miserable. I prefer to have fun with NaNoWriMo and I have a lot of fun when I don’t feel like I’m about to disappoint myself. It might be time to rearrange my day a bit.

November 4

  • Project: Inbetween (novel version)
  • Total word count: 6,788
  • Today’s word count: 1,685
  • Thoughts: Writing is still moving forward at a great pace for NaNoWriMo. I won’t pretend it has been effortless, but so far I’ve been able to manage the amount of writing I need to get done every day. I’m really impressed with my progress.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: Tomorrow is going to be the first real test of the month. I have errands to run. Fridays are always one of the weakest days for me writing-wise. I don’t know if I’ll be able to keep pace. I’ll try not to worry about it too much, but I’d hate to have to start playing catch up after such a solid start to the month.

November 5

  • Project: Inbetween (novel version)
  • Total word count: 7,149
  • Today’s word count: 361
  • Thoughts: I saw the outcome of this day coming from a mile away. Nothing about today was going to make writing easy. I was stressed and distracted. I tried to relax and work around it, but I didn’t get very far. I’m just glad I managed to write something so I didn’t lose my writing streak.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: Catch up time! I’m glad I got a few days at the start of the month with no catching up to do, but now the scramble to get my word count back to where it should be begins. I’m a little worried. Being behind can be discouraging. I know I won’t give up, but I might lose steam and end up playing catch up for the rest of the month. I hope that won’t happen.

November 6

  • Project: Inbetween (novel version)
  • Total word count: 7,760
  • Today’s word count: 611
  • Thoughts: I had a feeling I wouldn’t get caught up today. I didn’t think I’d fall even further behind! That’s what ended up happening and I’ll just have to write more the rest of the month to make up for it. Some days just aren’t the best for writing. It’s unfortunately that I had two days like this in a row. There’s still plenty of time to get back on track and that’s exactly what I’ll do!
  • Tomorrow’s goal: I’m dedicating the day to writing. As long as nothing surprising happens, I should be able to write for hours and hours. Hopefully the words will be there for me to write.

November 7

  • Project: Inbetween (novel version)
  • Total word count: 9,546
  • Today’s word count: 1,786
  • Thoughts: I’m back! I still have catching up to do but I’m writing again. It took me a while to get started today but I took the time and eventually I did get writing and I just kept going.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: I want to keep up the momentum. If I write a bit more I can get caught up over the course of this week and then focus on getting ahead for the end of the month. I have big plans. I’m trying not to get my hopes up because I know I probably won’t reach them all.

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What I Read in October

October was an interesting month for reading. I usually read a classic like Frankenstein or Dracula. This year I decided to find something I hadn’t read before and browsed my library’s app. That’s where I found Practical Magic. I’d watched the movie more than once but never read the book so I gave it a try. It wasn’t the scariest book, but a Halloween read doesn’t have to scare me out of a night’s sleep to scratch the spooky book itch.

Books I finished reading in October:

  • Network Effect – Martha Wells
  • Priestess of the Morrigan: Prayers, Rituals & Devotional Work to the Great Queen – Stephanie Woodfield
  • Practical Magic – Alice Hoffman

Books I’m currently reading:

  • House of Many Ways – Diana Wynne Jones

Did you read anything spooky or scary during October? It’s one of my favorite things to do and I’d love to get some ideas for new or overlooked books for next year.