Thursday, July 21, 2011

I’m still here, or OMG! A REAL BLOG POST!

Yes, it’s an honest to God blog post!

I want to apologize for being “off grid” so to speak. It’s really quite simple to explain. See, recently, I was overcome with an idea for a novel. And when I say overcome, I mean it. The idea struck me, and I went “that’s cool,” and then let it stew in the back of my head, as I do with most new ideas. But it didn’t stay there. It forced it’s way past all the other ideas to the front of my brain, demanding to be heard. It did this for the better part of two weeks, until finally, I started writing it down.

And that’s what I have been doing this whole month. Writing a new novel. It’s one I like, I’m having a good time writing it so far, and I’m just over 20,000 words into it. It’s been time consuming, it’s been frustrating, and it’s been crazy, but it’s also been good. I’ve been writing every day this month. Well, almost every day. Out of the month of July so far, I’ve only missed writing two days. And most of those days were spent writing in this new novel, and most of that was 1,000 words or more. Not bad, if I say so myself.

On a whim, I also decided to sign up for Camp NaNoWriMo with this same novel. I figured, if this sucker was bugging me so much, finishing 50K words in July would be doable. Well, I’m 12,000 words behind right now, and it doesn’t look like I’m going to catch up by the end of the month. I’m not giving up, to be sure, but I don’t think I’m going to win.

But you know what? I’m not sure I really care. The novel wasn’t going to be finished in 50,000 words anyway. And I am writing every day, and making good progress in this book. I’m going to keep working on it until it’s finished. So, while yeah, I would like to say I won the first ever Camp NaNoWriMo, it’s just not a priority for me. I have a family, a day job, and a novel to write. How long it takes me to do that is irrelevant. I know that I will get it done.

So, that’s what’s been happening to me. Thanks for putting up with my flaky update schedule lately. I’m going to try and get back to at least a once a week posting, if not more. But I make no guarantees, really, because this novel is demanding. And I want to spend time with it.

So, I’ll be here when I can. I hope you will be too.


  1. Awesome. I like hearing when someone is able to write like that. It inspires me. How many words do you think it will end up being, now that you've decided 50k is too short?

  2. I don't know. I'm aiming for around 80K. That just feels right. But, we'll see what it's like when I get done.