^I don’t even know what song I’m changing the words to, because my husband listens to weird things on the radio. Renegade, maybe? I rarely catch the artist/titles.
Anyway…. November 1st has arrived. I think most of my readers have figured out what that means.
Here is what I’ve accomplished today:
- hiked 3.5 miles with Benny Dog
- cleaned the upstairs bathroom
- took a shower
- made coffee
- did 3 loads of laundry
- graded 15 essays
- roasted broccoli & bacon for lunch
- WROTE 1800 WORDS
- vacuumed upstairs, the stairs, and most of downstairs
- did the dishes
- went to my nephew’s first birthday dinner
- went grocery shopping
- cleaned the kitchen
- cleaned the fish tank
- sat down to write this blog
What do you notice about this day? That I like everything in multiples of 3! Just kidding (though not really…). That I was super productive with my extra hour? (Thanks, Daylight Savings! The one day a year that you’re helpful to me!) No no. In all seriousness, I AM prepared for November. The house is clean, my mind is set, and I’m launching NaNoWriMo once again. My daily word count has already been met! Just 29 more daily word counts to go!
I’m doing it differently this year, though. I’m at a point where writing a new draft of something is “easy,” where hitting 50,000 words is not that daunting. What is daunting is tackling a revision and letting other people see my stories. So this year, I’m using November to complete a revision, to polish up that darn Copper manuscript once and for all, and get it out there. No more fuzzy awkward middle section. No more love triangle (those things are so damn overdone and unrelatable). No more long introduction. No more weird twists (though there’s still a twist… maybe. We’ll see). Will this work? I don’t know. But I’m not as confident going into it as I have been the past few NaNos, and I kind of think that’s a good thing. Just like people don’t run 5Ks forever without starting to think about 10Ks and marathons, I can’t treat NaNoWriMo as an easy first step and never take the next one. I wouldn’t let a character get away with that, so I’m not letting myself get away with that.
Of course, I still have to teach 3 different English classes and grade all their papers and keep my house semi-clean (but at least it’s starting strong, so all the neglect to come won’t be the end of the world)… AND pay attention to my husband and dog and various other relationships, but November is mine. One month of putting myself and my goals first is allowed, I think.
So here we go! Keep me accountable!