#NaNoWriMo2017, Day 14 or 50K!

50K for the book that is. Not for NaNo. Yet. Tomorrow or Thursday most likely, though today is remotely possible (but not probable because I have other stuff to do).

I got the above book today. Research you know! But my other packages won’t be here tomorrow instead of today :(. Guess I looked at the date wrong. Sigh.

Today, I’ll post a discussion question for A Kaerasti for Clari in my readers’ group. I’m also going to read Reclaiming Hearts (or at least skim it). I think I said I was going to do that yesterday, but didn’t. I did clean my desk and find a bunch of calendars for other books.

We had a band booster board meeting and general meeting last night. It was a small group which was kind of nice, though I missed those who weren’t there.

Benjamin and I were also surprised by Katrin last night. We expected her to react one way to something he did, but instead she got mad. Silly girl.

What? You think I have control over the characters?! Pardon me while I literally rotfl ;). Sometimes it amazes me how little control I have. I can TRY to write something the way I THINK it should go, but if the characters have a mind of their own, it just doesn’t work. Then I have to rewrite it. So I usually just let them do their thing and it almost always works better that way ;).

Okay – time to get to calendaring RH and what I have of ICWTK so far.

I keep forgetting to point out the stat at the bottom of the NaNo stats. Over 600K words written during NaNo over the years! WOW!

Yesterday’s Stats:

In Concert With the King
Yesterday: 2736
Total: 50242

NaNoWriMo 2017
Yesterday: 2736
Total: 40955
Anticipated Completion Date (50K words): November 16

#NaNoWriMo2017, Day 13 or What A Weekend

Sometimes weekends stink. Overall, this one wasn’t too bad, but yesterday definitely had its moments. Sigh.

Also – this is what my dog looks like when I accidentally turn the sound up on my phone and it scares him. Even though I was wearing earbuds :p.

But I got a fair bit of writing done anyway so that’s good. I also /gasp/ did a little bit of /whisper/ plotting.

If you’ve heard me talk about my writing at all, I don’t do that often. I’m what’s called a “pantser” or I write by the seat of my pants. When I wrote Winning the Queen’s Heart I had an opening line. I’d planned some of it out before then, but very little of it actually made it into the story. With Hand-Me-Down Princess, pretty much all I had was the title and knew an older brother prince had refused to marry her so the younger brother was being forced to. I had no idea about the big twist that Jessabelle and Malachi (and his whole family) discover near the end.

But I did some planning. I’m nearing 50K. I have two scenes near the end about half written (from the conferences I went to last spring). There’s 2-4 scenes missing in the middle of what I have written which means this point in the book will (eventually) be past 50K. My goal is always in the 85K range, though some books are shorter and some longer.

I already know some of the things that need to happen near the end (secrets revealed, etc.) so I took what I already know, guesstimated how many words they would be, and determined that Event X needs to start in the mid/late-60K range so… Since, with those additional scenes to be added earlier and finishing up what I’m in the middle of now (another 2500-3000), I’ll be about 55K into the story, I only need another 10-15K to get to the downhill slide near the end.

Which means… YAY!

Now, I have really not much of a clue what will happen between now and Event X, but I’ll figure it out ;).

Today, I’m working on calendaring Reclaiming Hearts because In Concert with the King picks up later in the evening after RH ends, and I need to figure some dates out.

Yesterday’s Stats

In Concert with the King
Yesterday: 3439
Total: 47506

NaNoWriMo
Yesterday: 3439
Total: 38219

Anticipated Completion Date (50K words): November 16

#NaNoWriMo2017, Day 12 or MS is Halfway Done

Good Sunday morning!

In Concert with the King is officially halfway done! YAY!

And sometimes I get pretty disparate books in the same box. its kind of fun. 😉

After people-ing all day yesterday, it will be kind of nice to sit at home after church today. I did get some written though not as much as I’d hoped and not as early as I’d hoped.

To be clear, I do love the people I peopled with, but it still meant not curling up at home on my couch ;).

I’m hoping for more today and then I’ve told my family I want to all sit and watch Wonder Woman together since none of us have seen it yet. I told them to call it my birthday present ;).

Okay – time to head out!

Yesterday’s Stats

In Concert with the King
Yesterday: 1866
Total: 44067

NaNoWriMo
Yesterday: 1866
Total: 34780

#NaNoWriMo2017, Day 11 or More Birthday Fun

Yes. That’s my dog licking a chair. Sometimes we just don’t ask ;).

One of our very good friends has a birthday two days after me, so last night we went out to his house and sat around and chatted with about seven couples total. We told all kinds of fun Steve stories and ate edible cookie dough (isn’t it all edible?!) then played a game.

It was a ton of fun – especially after getting to spend the day with my husband when he took the day off.

I did manage to get a few words written. Not as much as I was hoping for, but such is life. Today is busy too but I should get some in later… Some of my word count stats are off in my Scrivener screenshot and I’m not sure why… but here they are anyway

Yesterday’s Stats:

In Concert With the King
Yesterday: 2133
Total: 42201

NaNoWriMo 2017
Yesterday: 2133
Total: 32914
Anticipated Completion Date (50K words): November 16 (up another day)

#NaNoWriMo2017, Day 10 or One Third Done

So NaNo is 1/3 over. I’m 3/5 to the official NaNo goal. Hit 30K yesterday.

But I feel like blech right now. Hubs had the day off so we had lunch then went to the mall and did a little shopping. Tonight we have a friend’s birthday get-together. Hoping to get some words in, but we’ll see…

I even /whisper/ plotted a little bit yesterday… Don’t tell anyone.

I may even do a little more but unlikely…

What about y’all? Having a good day?

That stats on the app on my phone (which is easier to screenshot) and the stats on my computer (which I actually use) don’t agree :p. It’s irritating, because it was well after 2 this morning and I wanted to hit 40K so badly that I kept writing, but on my phone it says I didn’t hit it. Argh!

Yesterday’s Stats:

In Concert With the King
Yesterday: 3019
Total: 40068

NaNoWriMo 2017
Yesterday: 3019
Total: 30781
Anticipated Completion Date (50K words): November 15 (same as yesterday)

#NaNoWriMo2017, Day 9 or Day After My Birthday

Thank you so much to the HUNDREDS of Facebook friends who reached out in timeline posts, sneak attack hugs (that’s you, Terri!), instant messages, and texts. Even Kari who electrocuted and beat/hammered my hip after I hurt my side/back/hip area yesterday. Had breakfast at Chick-fil-A, got my free milkshake, and wrote almost 300 words. Got my tri-weekly craniosacral massage (where said hip/back/side area was also worked over). Found flowers from Matt waiting for me when I got there (see header pic). I think I’ll keep him.

Spent a huge chunk of my day thanking friends on Facebook!

 
Had lunch with Bobbie. Texted with Felicia. Picked up free Andy’s Frozen Custard because my treat was about to expire. Came home. Hung out with my kids. Took two kids to church.
 
Got road raged at by a guy who thought four feet was too close to stop behind his new truck and kept eyeing it like I’d dinged it (dude – my bumper wouldn’t ding your truck – yours would ding my hood). Held it together until I dropped the kids off. Bawled my eyes out to Emily. Checked with a local PD friend to see if I should file some sort of official report (since the guy didn’t have a license plate so no way to prove who it was). Did NOT drown my sorrows in the Andy’s, but saved it for another day.
 
Picked up the girls. Got gas. Realized I pushed my “how many miles can I go” way too far (technically, we put more gas in than my tank holds by a quarter gallon) even though my miles traveled was at least 30 miles under what I should get.
 
My back/hip/side hurt like crazy. I tried to write but it didn’t go very well :/.
Hopefully today goes better…

Yesterday’s Stats:

In Concert With the King
Yesterday: 685
Total: 37049

NaNoWriMo 2017
Yesterday: 685
Total: 27762
Anticipated Completion Date (50K words): November 15 (up 2 more days)

#NaNoWriMo2017, Day 8 or Home Improvement Gone Awry

So I decided to be industrious while my husband was out of town and replace the fixtures (except the shower head) in our shower/tub combo. So I buy everything I need (including the correct – allegedly – new knob/faceplate) and have the kids turn the water off yesterday.

Then I disassemble the old one (not paying too much attention because why would I? I’m putting a new one one…) and go to put the new one in place.

And realize that the hole in my tub wall isn’t big enough because apparently the standard size when our house was built and the standard size now isn’t the same.

Sigh.

So I go to Lowe’s and they don’t have it. They send me to a contractor supply store about ten miles away. They don’t have it (and weren’t very friendly, but they don’t deal with the general public very often either) and tell me about a couple other places – all the way across town and I have to pick up kids in thirty minutes so that won’t work. I call one who thinks he has what I need but isn’t sure. The other doesn’t answer. I give up and decide to just clean what I have (because the insides of the handle etc have gotten all gunky over the years). Which means I’m not replacing any of it because if I’m doing it I’m replacing them all not just part.

So I get home and get it reassembled. Have a kid turn the water back on and it runs like a sieve. Turn it off. Decide to disassemble the one in the kids’ bathroom carefully because they’re the same one and I can make sure it’s put back together right.

Realize I’ve broken the inside of the knob. Sigh.

Put the kids’ on in my bathroom. Turn the water on. It’s right. So put the knob back in their bathroom. Turn the water on to fill up my tub to soak some other stuff. Realize the kids’ water had been running too so that knob has an issue now.

Decide crying might be viable as an option. Go vote. Go back to Lowe’s and get two new knobs (one brand name, one after market because that’s what they had) in case I’d also broken the kids’. Go to guitar lessons. Hang out with Tory. Yay!

Get home.

Manage to strip the screw in the knob in the kids’ room. See pic above.

Text the neighbor who works construction. No answer. Call a friend who built his own house. No answer. Call Lowe’s. We’ve got a doohickey. Go to Lowe’s to find out someone had bought the doohickey at one point and returned it and it’s probably not any good. Get home to drill it out following Lowe’s dude’s instructions. Break the smallest bit I could find. Apparently, we’ve broken the other small ones before. Text the neighbor (who had texted me back by then).

Sure. He can help. Today, which was tomorrow at the time. After he gets home from work with his tools.

Commence crying as the viable option.

Sigh.

I texted him back that I can go get drill bits and have a drill, but have no water until I get this done.

He takes pity on me and comes over (in his pajamas, poor guy!) and manages to somehow use a thingie to turn the screw into a flathead and gets it out. The knob isn’t broken, just on upside down. Get it fixed. Thank him profusely. Offer to pay. He refused. Promised him cookies next time we make some. He said he’d originally thought it was just the water to that bathroom that was turned off. Told him I could have lived with that (we haven’t had water in our bathroom sink since August because the one in the kids’ bathroom took three hours to change and we just haven’t had time). He agreed water to the whole house was a different issue.

Put the new knob on in my bathroom. Good thing the kids’ wasn’t broken because the aftermarket one didn’t work. New one was upside down. Turned it over. Put it back on.

Yay! It worked right!

Ugh.

So I didn’t want to write last night, but I did anyway. Not as much as I would have wanted, but more than I would have if I had just curled up with NCIS like I wanted.

Today is chiro and massage and I think lunch with a friend. YAY! Then words later I hope.

Yesterday’s Stats:

In Concert With the King
Yesterday: 2049
Total: 36364

NaNoWriMo 2017
Yesterday: 2049
Total: 27077
Anticipated Completion Date (50K words): November 13 (up a day)

 

#NaNoWriMo2017, Day 7 or My Dogs Are Always Scared

Once again, this shouldn’t surprise anyone…

My oldest daughter’s boyfriend was over last night and we were watching the movie MAX about a Military Working Dog whose handler dies in battle and goes to live with the brother. At one point Max, the Belgian Malinois, is fighting off two bad guy Rottweilers. As dog fights go, it was fairly tame, especially compared to what it would have been like in real life.

But my dogs wigged out. Mr. Benny shook like crazy and Jett ran around barking at everything. Finally, I snuggled Benny close and, well, Jett kept barking and occasionally checking to make sure Benny and I were okay.

Today’s post is much later than I have been the last few days, in large part because I was trying to do a home improvement project that Just. Didn’t. Work. Sigh. More on that tomorrow. Maybe.

To answer a question I got on yesterday’s blog (I saw it, but haven’t approved or replied yet… your first comment has to be approved, but after that you should be good to go)… In Concert with the King is King Benjamin’s story! I’m so loving it! But it’s book 5 in Crowns & Courtships. It’s being written before 3 & 4 because it’s dedicated to my cousin who is quite ill and I want to get him a copy ASAP. As soon as this draft is done and winging it’s way to him, I’ll hop on book 3 and hopefully have it out by the end of the year.

You missed book 2 you say? Well it released TODAY! A Kaerasti for Clari is in the Out of the Blue Bouquet collection that released this morning! Be sure to check it out – it’s a super fun set where each book has a misdelivered bouquet of flowers and the in the last book you find out why for each of them! Plus, these are some AMAZING authors!

Yesterday’s Stats:

In Concert With the King
Yesterday: 3290
Total: 34315

NaNoWriMo 2017
Yesterday: 3290
Total: 25028
Anticipated Completion Date (50K words): November 12

#NaNoWriMo2017, Day 6 or My Dog is Crazy

To anyone who knows Mr. Benny, this isn’t news.

But the dog is crazy.

For the last few months, especially at night, he’ll only drink his water if I’m looking at him. Occasionally, he’ll get desperately thirsty enough to drink anyway, but not usually. He stands there and huffs, then growls, then barks at me until I turn around (the back of my desk chair is usually facing his bowl).

He’s nuts.

I didn’t end up in my friends’ rec room as long as originally planned yesterday, but I did get some words in. Only about half as much as I originally planned. I took a kid to work this morning and recorded most of a scene while I drove back. Transcribed it after I got home. While texting with my first reader today, I had some ideas on how to get to the next already written scene and it should be a lot of fun. Hopefully, I’ll get a lot done today around doctor’s appointments for all four kids today (two checkups, four flu shots).

I might have changed my time zone on the NaNo site to Alaska so when I input my daily numbers at 1:45am, it still counts it for yesterday (since I count “before bed” as the day). I’ll change it back and anticipate winning LONG before Nov. 30 anyway…

Yesterday’s Stats:

In Concert With the King
Yesterday: 5364
Total: 31025

NaNoWriMo 2017
Yesterday: 5364
Total: 21738
Anticipated Completion Date (50K words): November 14 (but this is now not last night…)

#NaNoWriMo2017, Day 5 or Progress Again

So after blogging yesterday, I got down to work. It took a while to get in the groove, but I did and ended up with a great day. Stats below.

Because I did so well yesterday, I’m wearing my 10K Day shirt from Tosca Lee. Hoping I can duplicate and then some today, but we’ll see.

Sometimes I hate being true to character though. One of my characters is currently kind of a jerk (okay – not kind of). By the end of the book, this character will have grown and become a nice person, but meantime, I don’t always like writing what I have to write – especially since some of the thoughts I wrote weren’t very nice about the character based on my cousin :(. Eventually, it’ll get better but… :p

Time to get to work… man I hate hitting the reset button ;).

Time to get back to work…

Yesterday’s Stats:

In Concert With the King
Yesterday: 10007
Total: 25583

NaNoWriMo 2017
Yesterday: 10007
Total: 16374
Anticipated Completion Date (50K words): November 16

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