RoW80 Check-in: November 30th!

“‘Are you crazy?’ he demanded back, throwing up his arms in frustration. ‘Why would I be following you? Me and my five friends, no less, because we’ve nothing better to do than stalk around, following mad women through the streets. Hadesari’s Mask! What did I do to piss off the Ana’aea’aek now?'”

Happy Wednesday, everyone, and welcome to yet another exciting installment of “Damn, L.S. has a lot of projects,” or, as it’s more commonly known, a RoW80 check-in! It hasn’t been an exciting week for me; it’s mostly been all about NaNo, NaNo, NaNo, and it’s going to continue to be about NaNo until I finally reach the mark today. I do know that, recently, I’ve been feeling a great deal of disenchantment with my job, which always makes me want to step up my writing game, so I’ve very excited for tomorrow when NaNo is done and I can turn my attention to something more productive.

Because writing 50k words in one month isn’t productive. Ahem. Moving along, let’s break this thing down:

Serpent in a Cage: Is coming along nicely, still, usually about a page a day with perhaps a few blips in that plan. We’re following along with the draft now, so it’s easier to write, but I’m in another chapter where I’m changing the narrative. It’s almost a little fun to look at a scene I’ve written earlier and figuring out how to write it from the perspective of a different character entirely. There’s going to be a lot of that coming up soon, and while I felt worried that SiaC might actually be too short, I feel right now that it’s a pretty good length. We’ll see for sure when I finish the rewrite and go to type it up! Page count: 133.

Novel in 6 Months: Though my buffer has now run out and I’m behind about 1000 words on my Novel in 6 Months, I’m okay with that because I know I can make up 1000 words easily in a day, and all my energy has been going into finishing up that damn NaNo project. Once I hit 50k (or 11:59 pm, whichever comes first!), it’s time for this story to get some loving again. I’ve been missing it and I’ve got a lot of great ideas for it, so it’ll be interesting to see how things fall into place. I’m eager to get to dive back into it tomorrow, but, until then, it’s just going to have to wait. Word count: 28,591/80,000.

NaNoWriMo: Today is the last day to finish my NaNoWriMo word count. As people around me have been finishing up early, I almost feel like that fact that it’s taken until the last day to get the fire under my feet is a bit of a failure in itself, but, really, that’s just silly. I’ve gotten further this year than I have any other year I’ve tried, and there’s a good chance that I’ll still be able to finish it today. Will I be finishing first place? Not even a little bit, much closer to last place. But it’s still finishing and, even if I don’t, I have more than 40k words of a new piece written and waiting for me. Sure, the story is a mess, lacks a good structure or a decent pace, but it’s the start of something that can be polished and honed into something much better. I’ll be glad that the dedication that NaNo requires can dissipate a little, though I still plan to work on it every day and improve it and get it ready for a second draft rewrite. But it’ll be at my pace, and the other projects I have can have a little more room, too. This is the last day! I’ve planned my day around just churning out my last 9k. Wish me luck! Word count: 41,410/50,000.

Short Stories: Nothing new to report on this front, unfortunately. This will hopefully change gloriously for next Sunday’s check-in!

100 Books Project: Moving along nicely! I’m a little concerned about being able to read more than 20 books in one month, but you can bet I’m going to try. Once NaNo is finished, I can focus more on my reading goals for the last month and just pump it out. And I hope to finish another book tonight, so there will be another for the list. Stay tuned on this one; it’s going to get intense! Books read: 54/100.

Black Dome Society: See Short Stories. Same thing.

I can’t wait for Sunday’s check-in, where I can put something a little more exciting than “No work; NaNoing” on some of these goals. And to possibly find a new goal to add to it, mwa ha ha! Either way, please, please, please remember to check in on my lovely fellow RoWers here. I know I’ll be trying to, too, between word sprints and the like! And now I’m off to go pound out some words.

Have a wonderful Wednesday, everyone!



  1. Wow! You have so much going on. I love it! As a fellow task oriented person, I thrive under pressure and scads of work to get in that ‘outbox’. Best of it to you as you go for your NaNo badge, complete a novel in a month, add to your short stories, and go for 100 books.

    • Ha, yeah, I think half the reason I put so much on my plate is because I know if I have a lot to do, I focus on them better than if there’s just a few things that I feel I can take my time with. So it’s always filling the To-Do list with as much stuff as possible and seeing what I can knock out first. And then swiftly replacing what I knocked out with something new!

      Thanks for the encouragement, Nadja!

  2. I used to revel in “too much to do”. Now that I’m older (a LOT older than you), I like a more leisurely pace. But I certainly admire how you get so much done.

    I’ll be thinking about you while you’re trying to churn out the rest of that NaNo novel. I know you have a lot of words to go before 11:59 tonight, but as well as you work, you should be able to get it done. I’m rooting for you!

  3. Fingers crossed you managed to get those final words down for NaNo – looking forward to Sunday’s check-in to see if you made it (I’m sure you will!) 🙂

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