Hello dear ones! Wow, I am tired. Who’d think that sitting at a computer for hours each day would wear someone out? I’m at about 11,000 words. I am behind yes :(. I was busy with a sick kiddo (who is doing better today! Yaaa!) and I spent most of last night painting ornaments. I’ve got to have some presents ready by Thanksgiving, since we see family at different times.
I was getting worried today but praise God, I wrote over 2,000 words in record time. If I keep my word count this high then I can catch up. I actually wrote more today than Saturday at the all day write-in at the library. First off, I felt bad and got to the library late. Secondly, I spent a good bit of time in the library bathroom but I still wrote. The lady’s room is a great place to think lol. Thirdly, the library closed hours earlier than I thought it would and all of my local spots were busy. So I went home to write and I didn’t get much done after that point. It’s very hard to lock myself up away from everyone.
Tonight I did so and I am worn out.
I’m not a member of the undead. The sun is just shining directly on my face.
Look, I made my own NaNoWriMo pin. Seriously, I just wrote NaNoWriMo with marker.
Why am I tired? Well, let me tell you what I’ve been doing.
I have gotten sea sick several times while swabbing the deck. I just survived a major storm and I’m soaked to the bone. Not to mention that it’s almost Winter. Then I spent a good bit of time learning survival skills so I can travel through mountain and desert. Oh by the way, I’m about half way through the mountain tunnels tonight. The stalactites keep dripping on me and everything smells like bat dung. Also, I’m tired of deer jerky! I don’t even like deer!
Yes, this is what I’ve been doing with my characters who are completely ungrateful. They should give me better dialogue. Seriously! I have two journeys weaving together, so no…one character didn’t do all that by himself. I left one of them in the sea and the other two in the caves. I am SICK of the sea and that dank cave! My back hurts and I just want to get somewhere dry already! I really need some french fries…but McDonalds is closed :(.
So I can’t just pull this stuff out of my bottom and write. I have to research everything and make sure I can suspend your disbelief. So how exactly does a ship run? How do you light a torch in a cave? Tell me, what wood are a bow and arrows made of? How do guys talk? Now, that last one was hard. I want to slap myself for making my main character a boy. Thankfully I have my husband to assist me in my writing endeavor. He taught me what my torch needs to be made of tonight. I’m grateful that my forest has birch trees. The pitch lights quicker.
So I know I’m writing a rough draft but I have to have something decent. I wonder what genre others are writing in. How are they typing so much? Maybe they don’t have kids… Also, I met a fantasy writer in chat. She said she doesn’t do any research. Is everyone just smarter than me? Don’t answer that ;). So maybe when you read my book you will learn how to survive in any environment! Or maybe you will learn several useless facts and big words. Who knows…
They say this is the time writers get their second wind. It still seems impossible but I am trucking on. The fact that I’ve written so much makes me smile. I can’t settle though. I can’t relax or I’ll have to play catch up again. Meanwhile, it is weird living in two worlds. Pilgrim crafts, cooking, and grocery shopping don’t mix well with sea water and caves. Man, and I still have to go through a blizzard and cross a desert. I better get a blanket and some cider. Help! Save me! I’m a writer!
God bless & remember the High King lives! ~Amber Dover