Post-NaNoWriMo blues

It’s officially December now, which means people think it’s officially winter. I’m over here with my pumpkin stuff, still pretending it’s fall. Just let me have this, guys.

I’ve been pretty busy. I have finally been aunt-ed for the fourth and possible final time. So, lots of family time, lots of pictures, lots of driving back and forth.

The good news is I actually have good news this time. Things are still tough, but there’s a light at the end of this tunnel.

Writing:

So the most important and exciting news- I have finished the first draft on my novel!! This might not sound exciting to anyone else, but the people closest to me know what this means. This story has been a personal, painful, mildly excessive journey for me. Getting everything worked out on paper has been years of madness. I kept telling myself, “If I just get through this scene then I only need to finish this,” over and over again until it was finally true.

Now, this doesn’t mean in anyway that it’s done. This is just the first draft. But it has a beginning, middle, end, and romantic subplot just for fun. This story has been floating around in ten different notebooks and on two different computers (RIP my original MAC that contained the first real fragments of this story) for probably close to 8 years. That doesn’t mean I haven’t worked on anything else. I’ve written a stack of short stories, a few poems, an actual novella, and a few other questionable things. Getting this whole story out has been the most difficult thing.

The only downside to all my work last month is that I didn’t mean the word count for NaNo. That’s ok, though, because my real goal was to finish this book. I considered starting a new novel, but my friends “kindly” reminded me that I needed to get over myself and finish this story. The best kind of friends encourage you to achieve your goals, and aren’t afraid to call you out on your bullshit.

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Tried to take a cool selfie, but he jumped in my lap and ruined it for both of us. This is what it’s like to live with a cat. Nothing gets done.

Reading:

I’ve been listening to audio books, which is something I’d never thought I’d do. Both my jobs have been requiring me to work extra hours, which has cut into my reading time. I refuse to let anything cut into my writing time, which is why I was up until midnight on the last day of NaNoWriMo to post my final word count. I can listen to headphones at my main job, which means I’ve already gone through 3 books in a week. It’s not how I want to live my life, but there are so many books I want to read, and I have so little time right now.

I just finished Little Girls by Ronald Malfi, which did not end how I thought it would. It had lots of twists, and not the ones I expected it to have. I also listened to Hush, Hush by Becca Fitztpatrick, and I’m almost done with the second one (Crescendo) because I have a thing for fallen angels. I’m pretty sure I listened to another one, but I can’t remember right now.

I’ve been using the library’s website/app to listen to these audio books, and it makes me feel like I’m technologically behind. I had to have one of my friends explain it to me. I’m pretty sure I have the soul of a 45 year old librarian, and I honestly don’t feel bad about that. Libraries are amazing! I’d love to be working at a library so I can spend my day surrounded by books and shushing people loud people.

Plots and plans:

Now I’m at that terrible editing phase for my novel. I’ve put the words down, now I have to make sure it all makes sense. This is the scary part.

Once Christmas is over, I should be working less. That means more writing nights, and more reading before bed. Most nights I have just enough time to shower and then go to bed, so I can get up again in the morning and do it all over again. Free time is a myth right now.

My final goal is to finish the books I started reading this year. I’m notorious for reading like 4 or 5 books at once, so if I can just reign myself in that might help. I can totally do this…

I think that’s all for now. Back to editing while my cat sleeps on my feet.

Thanks for reading!

-JBL

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About Jess

I'm just going to keep writing until I run out of words
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