Category Archives: NaNoWriMo

#NaNoWrapUp2017, December 1

Because I’m cold and that picture looks like a nice warm place to be… ūüėČ

NaNoWriMo 2017 is over.

I didn’t hit my goal of 100K words, but that’s okay. I did finish the book for my cousin which was my top priority. I didn’t get as much done on¬†The Inadvertent Princess¬† as I wanted, but that’s all right. I’ve got several weeks before I need to have the draft finished.

I’m still pleased with my progress though. The screenshot is from when I passed 70K for the month.

Today, I’m working on¬†Inadvertent some more. Because that’s what I’m working on all the time these days ;).

I doubt I’ll be posting blogs daily now that NaNo is over, but I am going to try to post a couple times a week. ūüôā

Yesterday’s Stats:

In Concert With the King
Yesterday: 0
Total: 76852

Inadvertent Princess
Yesterday: 1286
Total: 26519

NaNoWriMo 2017
Yesterday: 1286
Total: 71130

#NaNoWriMo2017, Day 30 or And Begun!

Last night’s sunset was absolutely gorgeous – and this picture does NOT do it justice at all. I think I got some on my actual camera that turned out better, but I haven’t pulled them yet. It was much more pastel-y than this.

I did get some writing done on¬†Inadvertent Princess¬†last night. I also did some brainstorming with my first reader. Some of it finally all came together (Prince Isaiah is sleazier than we all thought but that shouldn’t surprise anyone).

Today, I’m uploading the retitled¬†In Concert with the King to Createspace so I can order a paper copy to send to my cousin. Then back to work on¬†Inadvertent :). I’d hoped to be further into it by now but… Hey – I’ll pass 70K words for the month! Nothing to sneeze at!

Yesterday’s Stats:

Inadvertent Princess
Yesterday: 1224
Total: 25233

NaNoWriMo 2017
Yesterday: 1224
Total: 69844

#NaNoWriMo2017, Day 29 or Finished!

YAY!

I finished the first draft of In Concert with the King (which is getting a new title before it releases :p)!!!!

WOOHOO!!

The draft is wrapped up though it still needs about 3 chapters in the middle (maybe a bit more and will likely include some Prince Harry/Meghan Markel stuff since it’s established that Prince William and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge are friendly with my fictional royals). Part of it will depend on when the wedding is and where that falls in what I’ve got going on already on the fictional calendar.

The end needs some tweaks too, but it’s basically done as far as a first draft goes, so I sent it to my cousin last night.

And with that, I also reread Inadvertent Princess and started working on it last night too! YAY!

I’ve got a lot going on today, but I should be able to get some words in tonight, so more yay there!

Yesterday’s Stats:

In Concert With the King
Yesterday: 1094
Total: 75758

Inadvertent Princess
Yesterday: 1055
Total: 24009

NaNoWriMo 2017
Yesterday: 2149
Total: 68620

#NaNoWriMo2017, Day 28 or Almost Done!

Yes. That’s a giant unicorn. And now that it’s /sob/ been given to it’s intended recipient, I can post a picture. Of course I didn’t take a better picture, but… :p I wanted to keep it. The kid that bought it for a friend refused to let me. Sigh.

But on bookish things… SO. CLOSE. TO. DONE! I have just the epilogue to write, then about 3 chapters left in the middle, but I’ll do those later on.

I’m going to try to get the epilogue done in the next hour or so then start my readthrough of The Inadvertent Princess so I can start writing on it again tonight. Or so the plan goes.

Did I mention I’m changing the title of¬†In Concert with the King? The perfect title for it came to me the other day. Way more perfect. Because the piano playing didn’t play as big a role in the book as I thought it would. And this title really is better. But I’m not quite ready to reveal it yet. In case it changes again :p.

I’m not going to hit my 100K goal for the month, but that’s okay. Maybe 70-75K. I’ll take it.

So…

Yesterday’s Stats:

In Concert With the King
Yesterday: 2712
Total: 75758

NaNoWriMo 2017
Yesterday: 2712
Total: 66471

#NaNoWriMo2017, Day 27 or Take a Hike

DID Y’ALL SEE THE NEWS?!?!?! Prince Harry is engaged! I’m so looking forward to this royal wedding – I may even have to wake up early enough to watch it live ;). For research, of course!

I also need to figure out some sort of celebration – perhaps a royal romance sale…

Speaking of…¬†Dare You is free for another day or so.¬†Heart of a Prince (a Canadian, not an American, but still a NORTH American ;)) is 1.99 through today and then 2.99 through 11/30.

After church yesterday, we went down to my in-law’s new house about 45 min away. They don’t actually have a lake view, but the houses behind them are kind of across the street. Their community has a little park area on the lake and we went down there to make S’mores. My stepmother-in-law and I went for a hike through the woods nearby. It wasn’t tough, though there were a couple of fairly steep spots. My hip didn’t love it though :/.

The views were gorgeous, and she showed us this old building that we think used to be a smokehouse. It was pretty cool! There’s some other ruins (that I didn’t get a pic of :p) that we’re not sure what it was. It’s on a hillside, but the rock wall remnants aren’t wide enough to be rooms. We wondered if it might be stalls for a barn or perhaps “floor joists” type things to sort of level out the hillside (but not all of them are as tall as they use to be so it’s not obvious?), but we’re not sure.

When we got back to the house, we celebrated my father-in-law’s birthday. And deer showed up ;). There’s only four, though there’s a total of five in the pics (one in there twice). Photo cred to Vicki! The first time I was at their house, I saw a buck in the backyard. Super cool! They see all kinds of wildlife!

We came home, and I picked my Andy Griffith Show marathon back up (started after the death of Ron Howard’s father the other day). Slept through about 6-8 episodes, but the headache finally started to go away.

Got some writing done after that and finally one spot I need done – finally. It was harder than I thought, but finally done. Only two partial scenes left then the epilogue. Maybe one more before the epilogue depending on how long it takes to wrap it up. Fingers crossed for today.

Yesterday’s Stats:

In Concert With the King
Yesterday: 918
Total: 73046

NaNoWriMo 2017
Yesterday: 918
Total: 63759

#NaNoWriMo2017, Day 26 or So Close!!!

I. Am. So. Close. to finishing this book!

ALMOST! THERE!

I have three partial scenes to write. Two I wrote parts of back in May or so when I was at a workshop of some kind and was doing an exercise. One I started last night but didn’t finish. There might be one more scene after that, but not sure.

And the epilogue.

That’s it.

Here’s hoping I can get it done today! We’ll see though. First, church. Then we’re going to my in-law’s for my father-in-law’s birthday. But I write best late, so there should be time tonight to get to “the end.” I do have about 5-8K worth to fill in in the middle, but that’ll be done later most likely.

Time to head out :).

Yesterday’s Stats:

In Concert With the King
Yesterday: 3105
Total: 72128

NaNoWriMo 2017
Yesterday: 3105
Total: 62841

 

#NaNoWriMo2017, Day 25 or We Had Date Night

Last night, Kid #1 worked from 4-8, so the hubs and I decided we were going to go out. On a date. Kids #2-4 are old enough to stay home unsupervised, at least for a few hours. And my sister lives close. So do the several cops we know in the neighborhood, should something happen while we’re gone.

That pictures is the sunset last night. I took the pic as we walked out of one of the local Walmarts. We also went to Target, Kohl’s, a new home store that I don’t remember the name of, Marshall’s, Ross, TJ Maxx, PetsMart, and back to the home store to get dog sweaters of all things.

My dogs are little and they get cold and have a hard time warming back up. I always said I’d never put clothes on a dog but… here I am :p.

We also went to Chili’s for dinner. Then Culver’s for dessert later. They’re in the Target parking lot, and if you bring in your Target receipt, they’re doing BOGO dessert. Since I bought a friend a present (clearance baby!), we got a free frozen custard :D.

I did a little bit of writing last night. Words aren’t coming easily, but I made progress, both with word count and story. One really good day would get me to the end of the book, though I’d still need to fill in some of the middle later.

Also… sale! Dare You is free through 11/28. Heart of a Prince is 1.99 through 11/27 then 2.99 through 11/30. Grab them while you can!

Yesterday’s Stats:

In Concert With the King
Yesterday: 1091
Total: 69023

NaNoWriMo 2017
Yesterday: 1091
Total: 59736

#NaNoWriMo2017, Day 27 or Black Friday!

I hope y’all had a great day yesterday! We did! My mother-in-law, stepfather-in-law, and sister came over. We did lunch, hung out for a bit, then hubs, three kids (one came home after a bit), a boyfriend, and my sister went shopping. They weren’t out long last night. I went to Walmart today. Hubs and Kid #4 went a couple places today too.

I Do. Not. miss working at the mall today.

Not even a little bit.

Hubs smoked our first turkey yesterday. It was de. lish. ous. All the yum.

I didn’t feel great last night so ended up writing not much at all. Here’s hoping for a better today – at least until date night ;).

Yesterday’s Stats:

In Concert With the King
Yesterday: 118
Total: 67932

NaNoWriMo 2017
Yesterday: 118
Total: 58645

#NaNoWriMo2017, Day 23 or Happy Thanksgiving!

HAPPY THANKSGIVING!

I hope y’all are having a great day with family and friends!

And today, I’m thankful for a 12yo who loves story! She always has, but she struggled for many years with words making sense – her eyes and brain didn’t talk right to each other and it made reading super difficult.

But she worked super hard for over a year in vision therapy and then her doc decided that her brain was compensating so well that it didn’t want to retrain itself. Instead, he gave her prisms in her bifocals and that has helped SO MUCH! It took a year for her to get caught up with what she should have already know but now that she has…

For the last two months, and especially the last few weeks, she’s had her nose in one book after another.

And I LOVE that!

I did get a little writing done yesterday between getting stuff ready for today and a bunch of errands. Hopefully more tonight after everyone heads home/shopping.

Yesterday’s Stats:

In Concert With the King
Yesterday: 664
Total: 67814

NaNoWriMo 2017
Yesterday: 664
Total: 58527

#NaNoWriMo2017, Day 22 or Cookie Makin’ Day!

Kid #1 was at work, but the other three all helped making sugar cookies with Grandma. It’s a tradition going back at least 20 years to when my nieces and nephew were little.

So now we have dessert for tomorrow.

I was running around all morning and didn’t get home until time to get started so blog comes now.

Hubs is working on the turkey. We’re smoking it this year. Should be interesting – and hopefully yummy!

My computer got rebooted last night and took like 3+ hours to install an update so I got very little written outside of the newsletter that just went out. You can still sign up here and you’ll get a link to it!

I DID find a work around for something that’s been bugging me since the last major update. When I right click on the icons in my tray at the bottom of the screen, it used to show recent files and let me pin the ones I use often. The pinned ones are still there but no recent ones so I couldn’t add any new pins (like my Publisher file for the NaNo blog cover pics like the one of the cookie making). Apparently you can drag the file to the icon and it’ll pin it. This also works for Scrivener (which is what I write in) which has NEVER shown recent files! YAY!

Sometimes it’s the little things ;).

Yesterday’s Stats:

In Concert With the King
Yesterday: 127
Total: 67150

NaNoWriMo 2017
Yesterday: 127
Total: 57863

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