I’m only 3578 words behind…

Meant to post since Sunday. I’ve…uh…been busy.

Around Wednesday of last week, it was becoming obvious that the direction we were going in with the NaNoWriMo project wasn’t working. Eric wasn’t happy with what I was doing and I wasn’t happy with what I was getting from Eric. And, to clumsily extend the relationship analogy, when you both fall out of love at the same time, you’re in trouble. I went through a day and a half melt-down which reaped a whole 749 words when I needed 3334. Eric and I have reformulated and since Sunday I’ve somewhat started over. Coming into week three I’m a bit behind. I should hit the halfway point on the word count today (and handily pass it).

To some extent, it’s been a long time since I’ve been an every-day writer. I tend to be a binge-and-fast writer. I work like mad to the deficit of everything, burn-out, and then avoid writing like the plague for longer than the binge lasted. Maybe that’s the way I work, or maybe that’s unhealthy. I’d like to try and find a more sane way of being a writer. If I come away from this November with a daily habit and half the ability to balance the rest of life, I’ll be happy. I don’t count on it.

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Several things to file under “Don’t Complain to Me About Your Lack of Flying Car”:
Consumed – The Hype Around Augmented Reality – NYTimes.com:

For example, Yelp, the online service that reviews restaurants, bars and small businesses, has added a feature to one mobile app: point your (properly enabled) phone at a row of restaurants as if you were going to take a picture of it, and in addition to seeing what’s really there, you’ll see the Yelp ratings hovering in front of each.

Digital Tattoo Interface Turns Your Skin Into A Display – Gizmodo
How Much Power Does The Human Brain Require To Operate? « Derren Brown Blog
Those last two are on the concept end of science, but are still interesting.

As a note to myself concerning a theme that should be prevalent in my NaNo novel:
Infinite Summer: Dracula » Blog Archive » Dracula Postmortem, Part IV:

At times the book was a novelization of the worst fears of the anti-immigration crowd, a depiction of malevolent foreigners skulking into a Western country, siphoning off valuable resources, and converting people over to their side.

And lastly, something I will make a concerted effort not to be neurotic about:
Ecstatic Days » Blog Archive » How cover art influences book sales (at least, for one picky reader)

2 thoughts on “I’m only 3578 words behind…

  1. sophierom

    I consider being less than 4000 words behind a triumph! (I’m over 6000 words behind; somehow the deficit keeps growing!) I understand the binge and fast metaphor. I feel that way myself about writing, which is why it’s been so tough for me to establish a regular writing output. I’m also starting to learn that, if I obsess over word count, I really do write nonsense just to get a number. On the other hand, I desperately need to develop some consistency (if only to finish this thing!). So, it’s a balancing act, like everything else in life!

    Speaking of cover art, Lucinda is currently looking at me from my bookshelf! I have several books I have to read first so that I can return them to friends, but I’m looking forward to reading Lucinda at the Window over the Christmas holidays. Nothing like horror for the holidays, right? ;-D

    Good luck with your writing!

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    1. Katherine Nabity Post author

      My writing life is definitely out of balance. I don’t think this would be a bad thing, but it’s pulling the rest of life out of whack too. It’s…just not good. So, yeah, something I’m working on.

      I’m currently fighting the want to put up my tree and read The Haunting of Hill House. I definitely suffer from a holiday/horror connection. 😉

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