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Happy Nano! November 1, 2008

Dude, I couldn't sleep last night, thinking about Nanowrimo. That's not like me. But I knew how I wanted it to start, and I kept re-starting it, even in my dreams. I do NOT like writing in my dreams. It's frustrating, to see the words, and then to try to re-read them, and they've suddenly changed.

But I've got 5,011 words down. I have a schedule:

Workdays: 1,000 words a day, written in the morning. I will get up at the ungodly hour of 3:45am. I leave for work at five, and I only take about 15 minutes to get ready, so that gives me an hour. I can easily get a thousand words in an hour, even while half-asleep. At my top speed, I can get two thousand an hour, but that's when I'm ON.  And I know when I get home at 7pm that I am DEAD and completely unable to talk, let alone write, so:

Weekends: 5,000 words a day. From 8am-12pm, I'll write (like I did today). Four hours is good for 5,000 words (about twenty pages), including drinking coffee/eating/wandering/cleaning up the dog-vomit breaks. My weekends are always either three or four days long, so that's good for building the word count. My target word count is an arbitrary 76,000 words this month.

I don't know if I can pull it off. But I'm going to try.

Luckily, La's totally into doing NaSoAlMo again, so she's off recording in her room while I'm writing. It's nice.

Now: It's been POURING this morning and I'm loving it. I love rain, especially the very first good rain. I opened the window in front of my desk and Waylon and Willie and I sucked in that good smell of grass, rain, and asphalt.

But now we're tired. I might take a nap. Like this:


Willie and Harriet are lying right next to me, right NOW, doing that. It's even cuter in person. 


This was from our walk yesterday, but this is how I feel today. It's a good day. Nap. And then some cooking for the work week, which starts tomorrow.

Huzzah! Nano is here!


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Hi, Rachael!
Your Little Mama is SOOOOOOO proud of you, and so am I! I had a copy of your early Canyon Way newspaper and probably still do (though I did lose a couple of files in our move...grrrrr). I've always known you are a writer...keep the pens and keys a'flying, but, My Dear, do get your sleep and naps, too. You CAN have both (and lots of other things, too!)
Love, Gaynelle
Hi & a hug to Lala, too!

Rach, I wish you lived closer! OCMS is playing here in a couple of weeks, and I'm dying to go but don't know anyone to go with. But I know you & Lala would come with! :)

Good luck! You can do it!

Happy NaNo, Rachael! I couldn't sleep either :-)

You are doing really well. This week has been death to my writing, so I've only really just gotten started. I'm hoping that I will get a lot more done over the weekend and following weeks, because I don't want to get to Thanksgiving and need to write half a novel that weekend!

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