Why, Hello There!

a.k.a. Writing During Rona

Hey, how are you? I hope you’re safe and well.

It’s certainly been what the kids these days are calling “a hot minute” since I’ve posted. It’s been pretty much about four years since my last one. Yikes. And with what’s happening in the US on Tuesday, you’d think dirty, petty politics and ongoing social unrest are what kept me away. Alas, I’m Canadian. However, I’ve never been more engaged in election coverage until now. It’s unreal how certain people like that exist outside of books, television, and film. I can certainly see why the writers at SNL are more relaxed these days. They’ve got dumpster fires full of writing fodder. Most of the time, the jokes write themselves.

Anyhoo, what kept me away is that life happened and happened hard. Health and life issues might or might not appear in a future post. For now, I’d rather talk about what I plan on doing going forward.

You’d think that with being in quarantine, I’d have more time on my hands to write, but so many factors, both external and internal, can make it difficult to tap into the creative mojo. You know what I’m talking about, right? Once you get an inkling for a story, sometimes you can’t rest until everything’s out on the page or computer screen. The opposite extreme is the creative black hole. Took me a while to find my way back and it was no bueno.

So, what’s a girl under self-renovation, self-reflection, and the eternal quest for finding her place on this spinning rock to do?

NaNoWriMo 2020. Goals, some kind of routine, accountability, and a community of other creative masochists (lol) combine to create a delicious recipe that will help kick into high gear the smattering of writing I’ve been trying to slog through these past several months.

It’s November 1, 2020, so this is my Hi, Hello post. The regular posting schedule will be Fridays to give a weekly update of the highs and lows of the ongoing writing journey, at least for the next month. I intend to have another post scheduled either at the end of the month or at the start of next month to do a roundup of the NaNoWriMo 2020 experience. I’ve done NaNo and Camp NaNo over the years and it’s always helped me to improve my skills, so I look forward to it. Baby steps, right? No need to jump out of the plane wondering if you took the parachute or the backpack with all your writing gear–let’s be real, both are essential.

Originally, I had a story idea I wanted to work on for a submission due in December. Upon a second reading of the guidelines, it turns out that they’re looking for short story submissions. I figure, it’s not Camp NaNo, so the word count would be too short. Then I had a bunch of other ideas that I’ve been wanting to tackle. So, in the spirit of masochism, I’ve decided to do all of them and write a collection of short stories to keep me on my toes for the writing challenge.

So, join me and let’s write through November, together. My handle there is transientsolitude, if you need a NaNo Buddy.

NOW, OVER TO YOU:

I’d like to start a dialogue with my lovely readers. Today’s question is this: What have we been loving during quarantine to keep us entertained? Books, movies, series, hobbies, boardgames? I’m curious what’s been keeping you afloat in 2020. What do we love, what can’t we stand? I’m curious to hear your recommendations and suggestions. Sound off in the comments below.

Stay creative, stay weird, be kind to yourself and others.

Until next time,

T out.

Hammering Out the Words

 

A.K.A. It’s That Time of Year Again…


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Wow.

October whooshed by with as much gusto as the SIDEWAYS rain we’ve been having on the homefront.

Finally in the groove with this whole full-time student gig, so what do I do? I joined the annual festival of masochists as we all write 50,000 words. Natch.

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December Goals

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WRITING:

SavvyAuthorsEntangled Smackdown and NaNoWriMo.

When my butt wasn’t kicked, I, too, kicked butt when it came to November’s writing challenges. A couple thousand words shy of 75K, the writing continues.

Plenty of writerly activities to keep me busy during the zaniest month of the year. I can already hear those sleigh bells as I draft this post.

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NaNo, Where’d Ya Go?: The Next 5 Steps Post-WriMo

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Winner, winner, chicken dinner.

Or turkey. Or something vegetarian. Heck, for many of you out there, yesterday was just a Thursday. No matter what you did or whom you were with, hope it was a good one. 🙂

As for NaNoWriMo & SavvyAuthorsEntangled Smackdown, I won because I met the word count goals, but the story ain’t over yet, kiddos. Here’s the skinny:

Week One: 17,850 words

Week Two: 16,383 words

Week Three: 18,820 words

Week Four: 15,822 words

Running Total: 68,875  words

These numbers are up until yesterday’s total. Scrivener seems to be messing with my mind because the project stats show the figures and the session word count. The session number made sense so when I went to plug in the project total into the NaNo site, it said I wrote more than 2K above my total which I still don’t get. Wrap your noggin around that one.

Either way, I’m still rallying to up the count and will continue until the story’s done–dur. That would be the wise choice, yes?

After a month of slaving over the words, we’re left wrought with emotion. To borrow a line sung in a show I watched, once upon a time, “Where do we go from here?”

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The Finish Line’s in Sight. NaNo ’nuff Yet?

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WRITING:

Last Wednesday for NaNoWriMo & SavvyAuthorsEntangled Smackdown.

I passed 50K last week and verified the word count Monday night to get the Winner’s Goodies. I’ll rest when the story’s over. Until then, I’m taking part in the writing sprints for bonus points to help my #Fire_Divas team for the Smackdown. It’ll also help get this story finished even though the word count goal’s already been reached.

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