little_tristan: (Kitten Monster)
I spent the morning in chat with [personal profile] valis2, who designed the most beautiful jewelry for me to give as Christmas gifts. If you haven't visited her shops, you probably should. If you wear jewelry or like beads, that is. I'm terribly excited about giving these pieces to the people they were made for. Custom jewelry is the best.

NaNo and its unaffiliated Mini Challenge are over so I'm going back to writing in my random, haphazard way. Never having worried about word counts before, I'm interested in seeing if I do more or less work without the mild pressure.

Self-imposed goals might be good. But feeling like a failure because the muse wasn't there and I didn't reach the goal, or I wrote badly for the sake of getting more words on paper, would be bad. Feast or famine, it's a fine line.

I've pretty much given up my book goal for the year. I'd have to read a book a day from now til the end of the year and that's not going to happen. Unless I read all the Star Trek: TOS novels on the shelf. I could probably do two or three of those a day. But they aren't what I want to read right now. Quality tops quantity once again.

Yesterday I saw a Criminal Minds ep from S5 that I've never seen before. 4 to 8 episodes a day on two different channels and I'm still finding new ones on the DVD. It's fun trying to guess why certain ones aren't aired. This one is about an outbreak of suicides among high school kids in neighboring towns. Is it the teen suicide angle? The identity of the unsub? Garcia's hair? (I adore her, but does she start getting ready at three to be at work by eight?)

It'll never be one of my favorites, though, because they're all mean to Reid on the plane going home, listing things they hate about him. He looks so sad and no one even apologizes.

I can't wait to get to S6. I know I'm missing a lot there. And one that I have seen is one of my favorites.

We stayed up a little late last night, since we were sleeping in a bit this morning. But I ruined it by getting sick after about 3 hours' sleep. Lately I've been haunted by a mild, lingering sense of nausea. Possibly from smoking so little pot this last week. Mark dragged me out of bed so I could throw up for a while and smoke a bowl, and then we went back to sleep. It was very strange.

Possibly the strangest part was that when I first woke up, Big Orange Roy was catloafing on my ribs and shoulder, in what has always been Murphy's place. Murphy was on the pillow when we went to bed, but he decided not to stay. He doesn't move to my side very often anymore, probably because of his balance problems.

What's weird is that no cat besides Murphy has even slept on me like that before. Roy's lived with us for 12 years and I never would have guessed that he even wanted to. Maybe he doesn't. Maybe it's just a status thing.

People are supposed to like animals because they look up to us like gods. I've always found that rather awkward. I wonder if that's how God feels when people fight over religion. I'm big enough for all the cats to sleep on, but they don't want to share.

And the dogs are even worse.
little_tristan: (Gilead Gunslingers)
I'm off to bed on this, the last day of November, so I leave you with my final MiniNano totals for 2012. It was a lot of fun, even though I didn't actually sign up for NaNo and won't get a prize or anything.

I did the Mini challenge with my new friends (hi everyone!) to get past the holdups in the final draft of The Dancer, which should have been published months ago and wasn't, due to not being finished. The support and encouragement were a huge help, as was the low word quota. Some days it would only come 500 words at a time, and it was great to be able to say I'd done my work for the day and just let it go.

But the book was finished in under two weeks, and then there was a new idea that came all in a rush, fresh and happy and begging to be written, so I decided to see if I could do 50,000 words of it by the end of the month. Or even if it had that many words in it. (I think now that it will have about sixty-five.)

Now that you're all caught up, here's how it ended:

Today words: 2,985

Total words of new untitled novel: 50,657

Total words of The Dancer written in November: 18,132

Total MiniNaNo words: 68,789

Thanks again for all the love! I couldn't have done it without you. <3
little_tristan: (Gilead Gunslingers)
Still working on the new novel. Hope to have a title soon. It's going so well that even though the month's half over, I'm going to see how close I can get to NaNo's required 50,000 words. Just this novel, not counting the rest of the MiniNaNo words.

Today words: 5,165

Total words: 47,672
little_tristan: (Gilead Gunslingers)
Still working on the new novel. Hope to have a title soon. It's going so well that even though the month's half over, I'm going to see how close I can get to NaNo's required 50,000 words. Just this novel, not counting the rest of the MiniNaNo words.

Today words: 3,137

Total words: 42,507
little_tristan: (Gilead Gunslingers)
Still working on the new novel. Hope to have a title soon. It's going so well that even though the month's half over, I'm going to see how close I can get to NaNo's required 50,000 words. Just this novel, not counting the rest of the MiniNaNo words.

Today words: 4,332

Total words: 36,187
little_tristan: (Gilead Gunslingers)
Still working on the new novel. Hope to have a title soon. It's going so well that even though the month's half over, I'm going to see how close I can get to NaNo's required 50,000 words. Just this novel, not counting the rest of the MiniNaNo words.

Today words: 2,912

Total words: 31,855
little_tristan: (Gilead Gunslingers)
Still working on the new novel. Hope to have a title soon. It's going so well that even though the month's half over, I'm going to see how close I can get to NaNo's required 50,000 words. Just this novel, not counting the rest of the MiniNaNo words.

Today words: 4,339

Total words: 28,943
little_tristan: (Gilead Gunslingers)
Still working on the new novel. Hope to have a title soon. It's going so well that even though the month's half over, I'm going to see how close I can get to NaNo's required 50,000 words. Just this novel, not counting the rest of the MiniNaNo words.

Today words: 2,662

Total words: 24,604
little_tristan: (Gilead Gunslingers)
Still working on the new novel. Hope to have a title soon. It's going so well that even though the month's half over, I'm going to see how close I can get to NaNo's required 50,000 words. Just this novel, not counting the rest of the MiniNaNo words.

Today words: 542

Total words: 21,939

Thanksgiving Day is not a good time to try to write a lot. But I made my 500 word minimum while having a great day! <3
little_tristan: (Gilead Gunslingers)
Still working on the new novel. Hope to have a title soon. It's going so well that even though the month's half over, I'm going to see how close I can get to NaNo's required 50,000 words. Just this novel, not counting the rest of the MiniNaNo words.

Today words: 3,498

Total words: 19,684
little_tristan: (Gilead Gunslingers)
Still working on the new novel. Hope to have a title soon. It's going so well that even though the month's half over, I'm going to see how close I can get to NaNo's required 50,000 words. Just this novel, not counting the rest of the MiniNaNo words.

Today words: 3,876

Total words: 16,186
little_tristan: (Gilead Gunslingers)
Still working on the new novel. Hope to have a title soon. It's going so well that even though the month's half over, I'm going to see how close I can get to NaNo's required 50,000 words. Just this novel, not counting the rest of the MiniNaNo words.

Today words: 578

Total words: 12,310
little_tristan: (Gilead Gunslingers)
Still working on the new novel, and boy is it fun!

Today words: 5,772
little_tristan: (Gilead Gunslingers)
Still working on the new novel, and boy is it fun!

Today words: 4,625
little_tristan: (Gilead Gunslingers)
I went ahead and started a new novel. Untitled so far, but it will feature Jimmy and Grace from The Dancer, without actually being a sequel. They never did get their big love scene, so I kind of owe them.

Today that's: 1,913 words
little_tristan: (Gilead Gunslingers)
Note: I'm re-writing a previously completed novel, with edits and massive cutting of old material, so I won't be posting the starting or ending numbers, just the day's count.

Today that's: 876 words

Turns out my earlier estimate for finishing The Dancer was incorrect. The whole thing slid together this morning and I wrapped it up before lunch. Luckily I was able to make my daily quota first.:)

Now I just need something to write about tomorrow.
little_tristan: (Gilead Gunslingers)
Note: I'm re-writing a previously completed novel, with edits and massive cutting of old material, so I won't be posting the starting or ending numbers, just the day's count.

Today that's: 2,667 words
little_tristan: (Gilead Gunslingers)
Note: I'm re-writing a previously completed novel, with edits and massive cutting of old material, so I won't be posting the starting or ending numbers, just the day's count.

Today that's: 3,335 words

Personal best for November!
little_tristan: (Gilead Gunslingers)
Note: I'm re-writing a previously completed novel, with edits and massive cutting of old material, so I won't be posting the starting or ending numbers, just the day's count.

Today that's: 1,291 words
little_tristan: (Gilead Gunslingers)
Note: I'm re-writing a previously completed novel, with edits and massive cutting of old material, so I won't be posting the starting or ending numbers, just the day's count.

Today that's: 547 words

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