Well, as of yesterday, 5 days in, I'm tracking okay. Today and tomorrow are going to be a challenge, just because of my work schedule. In November, when I did the NaNo challenge, we had enough extra help and I was able to leave early on occasion, giving myself an extra hour or two through the week, but that's not possible this time. If anything, it's a bit flipped-- I've been working extra. It's one of the reasons I kept my word count low. Before, I could do some marathon sprints on the weekends, but I think we've got something going every weekend this month, so I'm not going to have the same opportunities.
But, on the upside, the story is starting to flow. Each book I've written has had a challenge at the start. Headphones was just me challenging myself to complete something, because I always started things, but notoriously never finished. And at 180K, I did! (Now to edit it into an actual printable format. That's next on my list.) Then came When Silverfish Dance. The challenge there was simply to write a book. And I did. For Like Cracks In The Sidewalk, I wanted something darker and also I wrote it in 1st person POV, something I wasn't comfortable with at all. And it worked.
So now, with Embers and Flame, I'm trying for something lighter. My plan for this one is to be a light rainy-afternoon read. The kind of book that requires a cup of hot tea while curled up on the couch, listening to the rain patter on the leaves outside the window. A little lovey-dovey, a little angst, and a happy ending. Sounds easy, but it so is not! And I'm writing it in double 1st person POV, just for the challenge that creates. Whether it'll work or not, I guess I'll find out!
Headphones was an experiment, a story written in "snapshots", a serial, a comic in word form-- call it what you will. It ran for one year plus one day-- January 1st of 2015 to January 1st of 2016. It was the story of a group of friends who took in a damaged girl and helped her find herself. But on the way, she helped them fill the holes in their own lives. I've pulled it now with the hopes of rewriting it into a book. Each day was matched with a music video and each month's mixes are still here. So if you've stumbled in, enjoy the music, and hopefully I'll be able to post updates occasionally!