Okay, so that’s two days in a row. Write until 1 am, wake up at 7:30. Uh, yeah, sure, that’s plenty apparently. If this keeps up all weekend, it’ll be interesting trying to get up for work on Tuesday. Oh well, a worry for another day.
Yes, this means I’m having a good weekend and I thought I’d stop in and share that, among other things, since I didn’t really get into my progress yesterday. What can I say, pre-coffee productivity always astounds me and is uncommon enough in my life that I feel the need to comment on it. It’s funny, most days I only have the one coffee in the morning, with tea of various sorts filling the rest of the day, but that one is so necessary that it’s not usually a good idea to talk to me before I inhale it.
So, down to the numbers for The Nine. Only two days to report, but they have definitely been good ones. Thursday, I banged out 3,341 words, and since it was a work day with a fire alarm going off, I counted it as good. Yesterday, in between making a large batch of soup (in the interests of me eating at least once a day) and a few other necessary interruptions, I put in 5,338 words. I’ve finished up to Chapter 17, and the book stands at 63,022. Way for me to pole vault over the 60k milestone. 😀
I’m having one of those major disbelief moments though, and it’s coupled with a tentative feeling of this means I’ve grown as an author. I guess it’s really a matter of looking at how far I’ve come, how much has happened in the book so far and thinking, “That was just 63k? And I still have how much to go?!?” Don’t get me wrong, I still love the progress I’ve made and I’m happy with in when grading on the appropriate first draft quality curve. I’m just a bit amazed. I normally only get that feeling from other people’s published works. You know the one, where you get to the end and think about all the stuff that happened and can’t believe that was contained in a single book. I’m sure at least some of you have had that. Well, I’m going through that with The Nine, and, being me, I’m having to push to grasp that this means I’ve probably grown as an author. See, I even hedge on it here. I need to learn to give myself a little credit. *Rolls her eyes* Right, cause that’s ever going to happen. Not likely.
My brain really is totally in creative mode, by the way, and I know this because of the things it’s doing. On top of yesterday’s startling image (both in clarity and timing), I had another story nugget pop up. What the hell? Yes, it’s safely scribbled/tapped away, ready for when I can unpack it and see what the Writing Fairy brought me this time. It’s like Christmas in my brain, I’m telling you! What sparked this one? Sort of the title of someone else’s blog post. The worst part? This is not even close to a first. My idea always seems to end up totally unrelated to whatever they were posting about (yes, I usually check that), but it’s funny to me every time it happens. Inspiration really does come from everywhere and anywhere around me.
Still so many things swirling around in the back of my brain while I’m busy writing. Mostly it’s everything I want to find a way to work on at once. I was saying to a friend who is also a writer just yesterday that I need to find a way to split in two like an amoeba, just so I’ll have enough time and energy to get even half of it done. She totally sympathized and agreed. So many stories to develop and tell. I’m not sure that even writing full time would help with this, given that I’m pretty productive with just evenings and weekends for writing, and I’d probably be in danger of burnout if I push it too hard. Long time readers of this blog will remember seeing me flirt with that already. I don’t want to do that, because then I really won’t get all of these stories told. And they need to be told, they really do, or so they whine at me while they’re begging for a turn. Begging story ideas and characters are cute, you know.
The sun is shining out and so I’ll probably take an hour or so today to go out with the camera and capture the progress of spring 🙂 With all the rain we’ve had, it should be good. This photo is not so recent but I like it so much that it’s the lock screen on my iPad.