RoW80 Check-In: October 26th.

“Tenenshe’ean held the goard to her lips and it trickled into her mouth slowly. Still, she could not swallow quickly enough, and some of it dribbled down her chin, wasted. He ran his thumb over her chin to wipe it away and, swallowing hard and remembering to breath, Auferrix almost thought of sucking on that thumb to get every drop of moisture she could. She was not that desperate yet, though. She would rather die.

I am happy to report that things have nicely turned around since my last check-in for A Round of Words in 80 Days! Usually, it seems that, after I spend a lot of time bitching and moaning about being stuck in a rut, the next day, I find myself out of it. I’m still stressed out from work; but I think now I’m using all my projects as a refuge from the stress, so I’m enjoying it much more. Of course, I’ve got a busy, busy, busy, high-pressure weekend coming up, and a full week at the one job while trying to decide what to do with the conflicting hours at my other job, but, in the world of my writing and the world of RoW, things are wonderful and blissful and exciting. Allow me to elaborate:

Serpent in a Cage: Breaking past Chapter Seven really propelled me forward into the new territory I was craving, got me past the rut it had put me into and things are coming along nicely with the POV switch! It’s a shame that Auferrix doesn’t come in until this point; I wonder if there’s something I can do to bring her in earlier, but this really is the best place for her with the rest of the narrative to consider. Chapter: Eight. Page count: 107.

750 Words: Still going strong in the October challenge as far as word count goes; still not getting much finished by the way of stories, but there’s nothing unusual there. The fairy tales have abandoned me for the time being, but the Cake songs still keep holding me up. I’m hoping today to maybe start something a little different that I might be able to complete.

Novel in 6 Months: Some big action has happened, but the story itself is still a great big hodge-podge of whatever comes to mind as it comes to me, that will be whittled down and sharpened once it’s all written down. I did get a handy little progress bar for my sidebar, which will also be useful come November for NaNo as well, and things continue on steadily. Page count: 32. Word count: 21,011/80,000.

NaNoWriMo: I was really feeling unsure about whether or not to pursue the next book that comes after Serpent in a Cage for NaNo, but now that I’m writing the chapter that shows the dynamic between Auferrix and Tenenshe’ean, I know for sure that I want to write their story more. The next book focuses on Auferrix’s new queenship and Tenenshe’ean’s attempts to thwart her; I was worried that it might be a little too political for what I’d like the second book to be, but writing them in Chapter Seven has me realizing that I’d have way too much fun writing this book to pass it up for November. So I have an idea, I’ve done a little outlining, and I think I’m finally ready for it to be November!

0 to 70 in 69 Days: I’m still failing miserably on my short stories. Most of the attention has been going into the 6 month novel, but we’ll see if I get a chance to stab at “Just Right” a little later today before my evening shift at work.

The 100 Books Project: I was crunching some numbers and realized that I’ll have to read about 4 books a week to get past the number of books I got to last time I did this project. So I better get reading! I’ll be on crunch time and I’m thinking of cutting out a lot of TV watching and substituting it for reading, which is better for me in the long run, anyway. Books read: 47/100.

So the progress is about the same as it was on Sunday, but my perspective has taken a swing upward, which seems to change everything when you put it into perspective. I’m expecting to have a good week, despite the craziness of my jobs. How is everyone else doing? Are you ready for NaNo yet? Do you feel the need to grab a watch and stop time for just a little bit before we dive right in? Let’s hear what you’ve got planned!



  1. Wow, you’re doing so good! You have so much going on. I’m kind of in a rut, so hopefully I’ll bounce back as quickly as you did. Have a great week/weekend!

    • Thanks, Heather! I think it helps to just keep pushing through, no matter how deep the rut feels like it’s getting, and then the next thing you know, you’ve worked your way out and it’s smooth sailing.

      Until the next rut, anyway, but then you just lather, rinse, repeat!

  2. Well aren’t you a busy, busy bee? I often wonder if the day will come when I can juggle so many things. I’m totally jealous. And totally impressed. Bitching about lack of progress= renewed productivity. I think I like that equation. Often times, just expressing an emotion helps you to move past it. You’re doing great. Keep it up!

    • The bitching=renewal equation works for me more times than I should probably admit, really. I think it’s just sort of like a brick wall: sure, you can get to the other side by going around it, but what good is that when you can just take a sledgehammer to it?

      Thanks for dropping in and the support, Yolanda!

  3. It sounds like you are powering along. Your goals are pretty ambitiou. When you have several different things to work on at once, it may help creativity, but it does make daily goals harder.

    Congratulations and keep it up!

  4. I am glad that you are all fired up for NaNo….I can’t wait for it to start! It is brilliant that you are writing about characters you already know well…I still get confused between mine!

    Enjoy the last few days of preparation!

  5. You’ve set amazing goals – but I think it’s great to ‘aim-high’…although four books a week on top of the many writing projects would de-rail me for sure!

    I see you’ve found your NaNo hook. It seems that many end up joining this way – when that story comes to you that just NEEDS written. I’m incredibly nervous with this being my first NaNo experience, but I’m excited, too.

    Have a fabulous end to your work week and a wonderful weekend! See you on Sunday.

  6. Yes! I’m so glad to hear that your perspective has shifted for the better. πŸ˜€

    My NaNo tale is bubbling up inside of me, and my characters are demanding to be let free so they can have adventures and whatnot. It’s a little startling, because I’ve been in a bit of a writing lull for almost 2 months now. This weekend will be about refining ideas (I have a sense of how the climax is going to come about, and a list of goals I need to accomplish for a satisfactory ending, but *accomplishing* those goals is still a little hazy). I also need to get a master list of place and character names pulled together, along with another list of potential names that I can pull from whenever I need them.

    Anyway, have a wonderful weekend! Looking forward to following your NaNo progress once November rolls around. πŸ˜€

  7. Quite busy you are! And working two gigs, as well. Don’t forget to take a day off every once in a while to, as Stephen Covey would say, “to sharpen the saw.” Enjoy Nano. I have yet to finish editing my first two nano novels yet I am prepping thoughts to start the new one next week. Looking forward to hearing of your progress!

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