I survived November, but I didn't make the NaNo goal of 50K. I didn't even make my personal goal of 40K. My actual November word total was 30256. Not great, but I'm not unhappy with it. If I wasn't working full time, I would be disappointed, but considering I usually only get between one and two hours a day to write, I'm okay with it. Somehow, I thought revising Headphones would be mainly changing the tense, without making many changes to the original writing. Wrong! I'm changing the order of the daily snapshots and adding/subtracting more than I thought I would. That's not a bad thing. Headphones was the first thing I'd written since college--at least, anything of any length. There has been quite a lot that needed tightened and trimmed.
So what did I accomplish in November? Well, I got through the first half of the first novel. My goal now is to finish the second half by the end of December. From the beginning, I've wanted each book in the series to be around 60K. I think that is very doable. My biggest obstical is simply the fact that it is December, which means extra activities and less dedicated writing time, especially on the weekends. And after the time change, I've noticed my concentration is for the birds in the evening. But I'm going to push ahead and hope for the best.
I've also had the added stumbling block of simply wanting to start my next original manuscript. I've been playing with a few, but the one that seems to have taken center stage is Jeb's story (from Blind Ante). Working title is Cut Shot and will continue his story a week after he says goodbye to Jordan. I can feel my excitement starting to bubble! I can't wait to get to know him better, and discover his story with his handsome Brit-boy, Ian.
Happy week, every one!
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!