Day 12


24,142 words. Rain today, and cold too. Enjoyed a mug of the deliciously fruity Huaguocha tea I brought back from China. Wrote 1,925 words. A brain dump that’s truly a dump, but it has potential.



Day 11


22,217 words. Wrote 1,880 words, but it was a struggle. I try to write 1,667 words each session, even though at this point I don’t have to, and I also try not to focus too much on the count–really I do, but too often progress in the count is all I have going for me when despite Preptober, the story is still like rolling a boulder uphill.

Discovered my as yet unwatched Wonder Woman dvd, purchased some months ago. Might watch that for my movie treat.


Day 10


20,337 words. With Thanksgiving approaching, trying to get as far ahead as I can. Almost to the halfway count. When I hit 30,000, I get a day off.

Nanowrimo Rewards:

  • 10,000 words – Erin Condren stickers for my bullet journal
  • 20,000 words – Movie
  • 30,000 words – Day off
  • 40,000 words – Shopping
  • 50,000 words – Champagne
  • Bonus: the new Ryder Carroll book on bullet journaling

Not sure about the movie, was going to see Venom, but the one theatre in my small town no longer has it. No worries! I’ve got all of Harry Potter; could watch John Wick, Twilight, Black Panther, or one of the Avengers movies, or Lord of the Rings, or Star Wars, something else from my collection, depending on my mood.



Day 8


14,439 words. My laptop sort of died on me yesterday. The green power cord light was on, the white “sleep” light was lit, but the machine would not boot up. So I worked in Pages on my iPad, writing 1,439 words before I ran out of steam. Still ahead in the grand count. Afterward, I force-booted the laptop and got it up and running. Don’t know what’s wrong with it, but I really don’t want to buy a new laptop right now.

Can’t believe I forgot to mention this…not something that should fall by the wayside–I SIGNED MY FIRST NOVEL CONTRACT LAST WEEK! That’s all I can say about it right now. Yes, I’m still grinning. NaNo brain–my only excuse for forgetting to make such a celebratory announcement!


Day 7


13,000 words. Lollygagged for most of the day, not sure what to write or where to begin writing, had several scenes in mind, but none of them coherent, but I finally settled down and wrote 1,673 words. I write in scenes as they come to me. Would be so nice if I could write in sequence. I thought having an outline would help with that, but not so far. Keep reminding myself it’s okay if it’s messy. Okay to write a crap draft. I enjoy rewriting. It’s all a part of the fun of creating.

Bought a batch of Christmas stickers at the Dollar Tree, my reward for reaching 10,000 words. Plan to use them in my bullet journal and my Moleskine.


Day 6


11,327 words. Another discombobulated start today, had to go vote and do a little housecleaning, feed the cats, yadda, yadda. Finally sat down in my office at 1:30 p.m. to chase down the words. Wrote 1,685–so a good day! Have earned my 5,000-word badge and 10,000-word badge.