Writing Journal

Long story short, I've failed NaNoWriMo this year.

I'm only recording my excuses/reasons so I can do my best to not repeat them.

1. I didn't prep as well as I needed to in October. This includes my outline and my writing space(s).
2. I got off to a slow start. I let a few consecutive days go by without writing.
3. I got sick. A nasty cold knocked me out for about 5 full days. It probably only would have been 2 or 3 were I in a position to call sick to work.
4. I didn't set word count goals or a reward system. This probably falls under not planning well.
5. I didn't create a support base. At best, 5 people I come face to face with knew about my challenge. No one was asking me how I was doing or telling me they wanted to read it when I was done. Which is sad, because I might actually have let them with this one.


Writing Journal

Well, I've started thinking about NaNo for this year. I recently moved to a place that is 90 minutes from any WriMo region, which means I'm equally viable in the Nebraska: Omaha, Lincoln, or Elsewhere regions. Since I have a few remaining ties to Sioux City, I'd probably get along there, too, since it falls into that 90 minute web. 

My point in explaining all that isn't to showcase the "where do I want to pledge my allegiance" question, but because the Municipal Liaison (captain) who led both the Lincoln and Elsewhere regions has bowed out for this year. She'll still be participating, but I guess being President of the Nebraska Writer's Guild, managing a bakery, and going through chemo is a bit much. So they're looking. For someone. And I'll admit: I'm tempted. 

Also, I'm preparing my fourth church-related speaking assignment since November. It'll be my first time speaking with interpreters for Spanish-speaking members of the congregation. 


Writing Journal

Once again, I have something that gives me experience in my desired field of editing. A friend of mine is starting a web page, and I've volunteered as a managing editor. I'll provide the link as soon as the site kicks off. I may even kick out a few posts for them, although I'm not as issue-charged as the rest of the staff seems to be. Which is probably a good thing. I'm only in it for the proofing, anyway.


Writing Journal

Long story short, I didn't finish my train story. Wacky work schedule and a bad case of Taco Bell early on started me in the hole, and I realized too late that the iPad for novel writing just doesn't do it for me, even with the keyboard case.

However, I'm within sight of finishing Constance in Sioux City. All that's left is a literal cut and paste job of 9 pages (margins narrowed; 12 at regular) to see if I can cut at least a page before I send it off to the BCReview for inclusion in their 2015 issue. I talked to the editor at this year's reception, and she seemed keen on the idea. So, yay!


Writing Journal

I'm still struggling a little bit with my keyboard.  Especially the shift key, the apostrophe/quotation mark key and the sensitivity of the keys.  Sometimes I get more than I bargained for and sometimes I'm halfway through the word before I realize it didn't recognize my tap on one of the letters.

This wouldn't be so bad if I were writing in word, which auto corrects a lot of those kinds of errors, but I'm not.  Which is slowing me down significantly.  The NaNo gurus are all like "don't edit as you go, not even typos," but they do not understand how utterly gruesome it would be to read what would appear as a result.  I'll give you an example, using a very well-known first line of a novel.

"It i sa truth universally ackknowledged, thaht a single man in posession of a good fortune, must be in wawnt of a wife.?"

Could you imagine 80 pages like that?
Um, that would be a big, fat NO.

As such, I signed up for free typing tests online at www.typingweb.com
When I hit blocks, I go there and keep my fingers limber, especially that right pinky.