November is always a wild month for me, because for the last seven years I’ve participated in National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo). I found Chris Baily’s thoughts on “tilting” this month apropos — purposefully choosing to over-commit to one aspect of your life for a short time to complete a project.
Last month’s review.
Creatively Productive — doing great
I “won” NaNoWriMo on November 24, and met my goal of 60k for the month.
- Number of words written: 60,441
- Active writing time: 61 hours
- Time at writing sessions: 94 hours 30 minutes
- Number of writing sessions (public and by myself): 50
- Number of write-ins attended (official and informal): 18
- Number of Pomodoro writing sessions: 41
I spent most of the month sick, so October was kind of a bummer of a month. I participated in Inktober, so I spent a lot of time drawing instead of writing in October. This review completed for Oct 1-27.
Last month’s review.
Play — B
Character design for little mermaid with ink and digital color
After taking the first six months of the year off of Twitter, I’m deeper in than ever before – I spent 17 hours and 30 minutes on Twitter this month :/ I might need to log out of all my devices again. I’m torn because I do get a lot of enjoyment out of Twitter, but it’s also a destination for mindless scrolling that can easily turn into an hour. My need for some mindless time and inability to focus on the long-form storytelling that I usually prefer (novels) might be because I was sick, or might be a sign that I need a break. Hopefully the former because November is NaNoWriMo…
Next month will be a little tricky to make sure I get some play time in, because I’ll be so busy with NaNoWriMo, which in one sense is play but in another is a whole ton of work. I’ll be hosting a weekly writing session at my house for my writing group, which should be fun.
I spent half the month on vacation, and the rest of the month recovering from vacation and the change in the seasons. It turns out that sleeping on the ground for 9 days in a row is rough on your body in your early thirties ;)
Last month’s review.
Play — A
Stars over the Athabasca River in Jasper National Park
At the beginning of the month, I spent eleven days in Alberta, mostly at Banff and Jasper National Parks. Smoke from this summer’s innumerable fires impacted the vistas, but I had some fun with photography and art anyway :)
Watercolor of the Athabasca River and same ridgeline as pictured in the night photo
Took sunset and star photos (even though it was nearly a full moon) at my campsite in Jasper with a new friend from the neighboring campsite
- Did a watercolor painting of the Athabasca River, even though I really don’t know how to watercolor
Photobombin’ Albertosaurus at the Royal Tyrrell
Had a blast checking out the dino skeletons and superb displays at the Royal Tyrrell Museum in the Alberta Badlands
- We took a dorky train tour at an old coal mine in the Alberta Badlands
- Took texture photographs at Jasper National Park
- Went to a gin bar and tried some Albertan gins with various tonics – Park Gin was the winner for me
Hard-copy markups, working my way through Part One
Had a hard time getting back into my book after eleven days on vacation. Also spent a good bit of time editing photos.
- What I did: Hard copy markups for the rest of Chapter 6 and Chapters 12, 13, 14 & 15, and outlining Chapter 19
- Time editing: 2 hours
- Time outlining: 50 minutes
- Plan for next week: Finish outlining chapter 19 and make edits for chapters edited this week
Writing Stats for Aug 21-27, 2017
- Starting word count: 137,103
- End word count: 136,075
- New words written: 349
- Scrivener hours (per Rescue Time): 4 hours
- Editing hours (estimate): 1 hour 15 minutes
status updates for the week
- Reorganization to remove two (not yet written) chapters, yay!
- Edited and revised first two scenes in Chapter 6
- Edited and revised Chapter 18 (now Chapter 16) – but moved in another scene that needs editing, and started writing a partial scene
- Expanded outline of scene in Chapter 15 (now Chapter 18)
No work plan for next week because I’ll be on vacation!