Tuesday, November 6, 2012

NaNo Update: Election Day (NaNo Day 6, Writing Day 4 for me!)

Progress (word count or a general status update): 7,513 words--which is right on schedule for me, as long as I can close in on 10,000 by the end of the day.

Current Mood: Proud--after only three days of writing time, this is now officially my longest NaNo project ever (geez).

Inspiration: Not a quote today--but I have to credit Spotify.  I have two characters who take turns with the narration, and whenever I go to write the girl I make a different pop radio station based on her mood.  It's been really helping.  Now I just have to figure out what kind of stations to make for my guy narrator!

Goals as of Today: Another 2500 words.  I'm pumped by the fact that I've been able to hit my goals so far without too much trouble so I think I'll get there. 

Recent Favorite NaNo WiP Line:
 I think I am having a legit out-of-body experience.  Bridget.  Earth to Bridget.  Did you really say “I like you” to a boy?  Seriously?  He reaches over and takes my hand.  I don’t hate it.  It’s weird.

Non-NaNo News (because life DOES go on): Had a fantastic weekend of Italian food, board games, shopping for delicious local food and beer, and relaxing with friends and family.  I'm trying to make a habit of making a breakfast quickbread every weekend that will last us through the week--last weekend was banana chocolate chip (YUM), this weekend was pumpkin chocolate chip for Mr. S and pumpkin raisin for me (don't worry, I make up for the healthy raisins with a generous slather of margarine.  We NEVER buy margarine--butter all the way--but I grew up eating pumpkin bread with margarine and it's just one of those things.)
In my downtime (ha!) I’m reading: Just finished Story of a Girl by Sara Zarr (if you're writing contemporary this month, either read some Sara Zarr to see how it's done, or don't read any because you'll despair of ever doing it that well.  You've been warned.)  Now I'm trying out The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms by N.K. Jemisin, on a rec from Mr. S.  

You should read this blog post: My Brush With Election Intimidation By: Literary Agent Janet Reid Because: She shares some useful voting info (tip: Be informed about ID requirements in your state before you go vote!  In New York, you DO NOT need ID as long as you're registered and at the correct polling place.  In some places affected by the hurricane, you can vote at ANY polling place.)

You should also read this blog post: An Open Letter to Undecided American Voters By: John Green Because: I wish everyone sounded like this when talking about the election.  He's respectful and discusses actual matters of substance.  Regardless of who you're voting for, I recommend reading this if only for its style and thoughtfulness.  

Gratuitous Photograph:

Note to Non-American Friends: I know you must be pretty stoked that this whole election thing is ending today (knock on wood).  We'll try not to screw things up too badly for the rest of the world.

As always, thanks to Katy Upperman for the template!


  1. You're doing great! I love the snippets you've shared so far. Can't wait to read more! I shared a little bit too, but I'm not so sure it's any good. We'll see, I guess. ;)

    I need to sit down with some Sarah Zarr sometime. I haven't read anything by her, but her name does crop up a lot when it comes to contemporary. I'm glad you had such a good weekend, and that pumpkin bread sounds tasty! :)

    1. Thanks :) And your snippet is great, besides which, it's November! So just turn off that voice that says "I'm not sure it's any good." Save it for revisions!

  2. Nice job! You're doing so well. I loved Story of a Girl. Such a great read. :)

    1. Thanks! I'm finding spurts of 500 words throughout the day work best for me.

  3. Okay you're totally inspiring me to go bake something (and possibly write something). There needs to be more muffins and less microwave burritos in my house this week. Your note to Non-American friends cracked me up :) Hope you reach your 10 000 word goal today!

    1. What about November Cakes from THE SCORPIO RACES? I just finished baking them and enjoyed one while starting a re-read. (Recipe: http://maggiestiefvater.blogspot.com/2011/12/my-name-is-maggie-im-perfectionist-and.html) I'll be posting pictures and tips the next time I update :)


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