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IWSG: November 2017

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As you look back on 2017, with all its successes and failures, if you could backtrack, what would you do differently?
Guess who spaced the IWSG post last month? *Stabs self through the heart with her thumb*
This gal!


Holy moley! It’s the end of the year already, I’m in frantic mode, and definitely doing my best impression of headless poultry. But I also feel on top of it. My lists are seeing me through, and my goals are wrapping up.
To answer the question in short, I wouldn’t do anything differently.

That’s not to say that there weren’t things I shouldn’t have done differently, but I’m a firm believer in accepting the past for what it was, and moving on and making new plans to do better the next go around.

2017 has been all about getting back on my writing feet after medical issues that dropped my productivity by almost 60%. It’s been a good reminder that bad times are usually temporary and that working through things with the right tools (yay medication) can lead to results--no matter how …

November's Numbers

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Words: 77,577 in 30 days (Avg 2,984-words/day) 3 projects + Admin (6%)

Hey, look who managed to make herself focus this month?
I hadn’t intended to do NaNoWriMo this year, but I wound up hopping on that bandwagon on the first, and I believe this is the only year where I’ve actually logged a word count every day of November. Lots of sneaked in words here and there on So. Many. Devices. My personal goal was 2k/day in the same project for the full 20 days, and I averaged that, so… thumbs up, Amy.
This month, I added a new chart.
Along with my daily bar graph, I’ve now got a monthly goal projection and cumulative gain chart. Because my brain loves pictures and numbers. Let's hope December (what little of it I have to write in this year) is just as productive and focused!

October Numbers

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Halloween is over and that means two things. #1: I don’t get to shop for home decor again for another 11 months. #2 it’s time for October’s numbers.

Words: 61,056 in 20 days
(Avg 3,053-words/day)
9 projects + Admin (16%)



I need less than 50k before January 1st to have written more this year than last. But it is safe to guess I won’t be getting the 263,107-words it would take to match 2013’s million words.

We’re at that special time of year. The one where the weather is crisp, the year is starting to roll down hill toward Christmas, and I start getting easily distracted… like a cat, with tinsel. Hopefully I’ll be able to keep plugging away at the writing like I did last year. *fingers crossed*

My day job changed on the 25th (as is pretty clear from the end of the month counts….) and I’m not sure how the writing stuff is going to shake down because of it. We shall see.

Time to go kick November’s butt.

Stranger Things Season 2

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If you’re like me, you spent last weekend, binging Stranger Things Season 2. If you’re not like me and are taking it slow, you might want to come back later.
Having finished the show, I have opinions (when don’t I?), and I intend to share them with you (as always). What I liked: The friendship between Joyce and Hopper As you’ll later see, I really love platonic friendship under drastic situations such as this. The brief glimpses at their shared past was fantastic, the way in which they support each other throughout figuring out what the heck is going on in the aftermath of Will’s return was delightful. And I hope against all hope that the series does not move toward putting them together as romantic interests. WILL WAS ACTUALLY IN THE SHOW After S1, Earl and I spoke at length about how strange it must have been for Noah Schnapp to land this role and then… not really be in the show. His character is such a huge part of the plot… and yet, he’s always in the periphery. So I was very happy to …

NaNo No No

As we hit the middle of October, I’m over here looking askance at NaNoWriMo.


I enjoy participating in the yearly ritual, but the book I’ve been planning to NaNo-up all year has been usurped in my schedule and while my req w/c for the new November project will more than adequately fulfill NaNo’s requirements…. The unfulfilled expectation chafes.


So I probably won’t do the thing.


Through September my average w/c per month has been just over 75k. I’ve never done NaNo as a challenge to get bulk words down. It’s only ever been about focus for me. And that’s part of the problem this year.


I’ll only need to write 2,370-words on average for the 30 days of November to finish my scheduled project. That, when I hold myself to strict deadlines… isn’t an issue. So, I’ve considered saying “screw it” and trying to pop in that 1,667-words for a NaNo run too… but my worry lies with what that will do to my focus.


The projects are different… but not different enough. The last thing I want to do is ble…