NaNo Oh No!

Wednesday, 28 November 2012

Well, I think it's safe to say I won't be winning NaNo this year. I've barely broke 25k and I can't be certain I'll get any more done this month. I have family coming back tomorrow night and staying through the weekend, so it's looking unlikely that I'll get anything done.

I'm glad I took part. And I'm pleased that I have a great start on my story. So it certainly was worth it. Not to mention the fact that I learned a lot about myself and my writing. I also got far enough in, that my story is begging to be finished. Now let me just say a quick prayer that at least some of it is useable.

I noticed a few purple, winner banners on my buddy list ( Jemi! ;-o). Man, am I jealous. I may have to give it another go next year. In the meantime I think I'm going to set up a group on Facebook to post goals and word counts so my CP and I still have a way to check in and be accountable.

I will finish this story by Christmas (or die trying).


Friday, 23 November 2012

To all of my friends and family back home, today is Black Friday-- the day of massive sales-- but to me it's the day before Thanksgiving. Since there is no such thing as Thanksgiving here, but it is one of my favorite holidays, I cook a feast on the Saturday. My mother-in-law always comes and from time to time we have other random guests. This year it's my nephew, who has just started university in Liverpool.

I started prep last night since I needed to start cooking today (our oven is crap and takes days so it's best to do anything I can in advance. Of course, this meant that Bug had to get up a gazillion times in the night. So here we are in the car in front of Hunter's school. She's napping and I'm blogging. It's one of those days when I'd kill for tinted windows so I could steal a few minutes of sleep myself.

This morning I made two loaves of banana nut bread, one pecan pie, two pumpkin pies, and homemade green bean casserole (I make the mushroom soup from scratch and boil fresh beans). Then I cleaned the kitchen, which after multiple pie crusts dramas looked like I let a two year old loose with a bag of flour, and the toilets and headed out to the school. This is the first I've sat down, and it's in the car (fail).

I'm praying that the little man did well on his spelling test today because if so I can buy him a pack of Moshi Monsters. I have to go to ASDA anyway, so he'll be begging for one, fingers crossed I can let him have it, rather than listen to him wail all the way through the store. Sadly, I went to ASDA on Tuesday. Yesterday I had them deliver. And today in back again. The first step is admitting you have a problem.

Right this second, I'm torn between my desire to read, my need to write, and my temptation to close my eyes for just a second. I wonder which will win out.

Happy Black Friday!

NaNo No-No's

Wednesday, 21 November 2012

I have done it now. I have missed so many days of NaNoing that it is unlikely I'll hit 50k.

I divided my NaNo goals in number of scenes-- one scene for me is roughly 1700 words. By this logic I needed one per day. I already knew that Tuesdays and Wednesdays were not always going to work for me because of my coaching, so in theory I had to squeeze in two extra scenes during the rest of the week.

It was going well until last week when I got behind. Now I need to write daily and squeeze in an extra six scenes!! I'm going to try, but I am also accepting the fact that I may not make the deadline. I still have have way more than I ever expected to have, so I'm happy with that. I'm also a little more determined to keep going and finish this book.

As far as how or why I got behind, there's a load of reasons ranging from real life (sick baby, working too much, stress) to my little fictional world (I've gotten stuck a few times and my story has taken a few unexpected turns). But all in all, I needed to work at it harder. Maybe I should have written first thing in the morning before doing anything else. I didn't because I prefer the night when everyone is in bed and the house is quiet, but some nights I've given in to exhaustion and gone to bed instead. Or maybe I needed to be more excepting of the twists and turns it took instead of wrestling them.

Whatever the case, I'm glad to be doing this. Even if I don't finish. It has taught me a lot about my writing and myself. So I'll soldier on!

Happy NaNoing everyone!!

Sick & Tired

Monday, 19 November 2012

My little Southern Belle (see the fainting pose) has a severe chest infection with icky sinuses. She's sick and I'm tired. So it's been a real long day. Ever have one of those days where you just ache? My upper back is killing me.

I still need to do loads of research and writing plus a little housework. It's going to be a long night. So rather than post much here, I'm going to get to work.

For your viewing pleasure... Here's a picture of Bug doing her 'Belle' pose in her 'pink & fluffy'.


Friday, 16 November 2012

I keep thinking. 'Yaay! It's the weekend!' Then I remember that I'm a mom and therefore I don't get weekends off. They are just like every other day. (Boo!)

Plus, it's going to be a busy one. There's football tomorrow and a Christmas fair. Then a birthday party and my cardio class on Sunday. Not to mention I am waaaayyyy behind on my writing--articles & NaNo!

I would have been a bit better off, but DH bought me a tablet yesterday, so I spent the night playing on it instead of writing. Now I need to write 6 scenes this weekend! Fat chance, but I'll give it a go. I may need to pull out the caffeine pills, though, baby is up all night with her teeth, so I'm like a zombie all day, even after two cups of coffee.

I'm going to try to get some writing done. Night all!

Wednesday, NaNo, & Naps

Wednesday, 14 November 2012

It's supposed to be Writing Wednesday, but so far no luck.

I'm not sure what is going on with me, but I feel downright icky-- like nauseous and tired. I'm actually dreading tonight. I'll be coaching cheerleading from 6-8:30 then teaching a cardio class 8:45-9:45. Honestly, I'd rather just go home now and sleep.

I started the day raring to go. I had my notes for two articles I was supposed to write done and had every intention of getting on with my NaNoing. Then my husband texted me to say he got the dream job (it looks like we will be having Christmas after all) and I had to wake my mom at the ungodly hour of six am and ring my critique partner to tell them. Next came a gripey hour with Bug (a tooth has just pushed through, not really 'in' yet, but visible on her gum line) then when she decided to nap I stole a cheeky 45 minutes myself. Now here I am blogging in the car in front of school. Where did the day go? Seriously?

After I get Hunter, I'll have to take the kids home and feed them and me in preparation for cheer. Then hustle off to set up the room and get started. It's unlikely I'll write any before that. Tonight I'll be too exhausted to write and probably come home, shower, and sleep instead.

I can and will catch up my NaNo, but what scares me is how easy it is to get out of the habit of writing daily. I once read that it takes 21 days of doing something everyday to make it a habit. I hoped NaNo was going to make daily writing a habit for me.

I guess there is still time, though. If I do hit 50k words by the 30th, I still need another 10k so I was planning on continuing the madness for an additional week to finish the book. Maybe I can still make it a habit. Either way, I'm still pleased with what I've accomplished.

I just wish there was more time in my schedule for naps.

Mommy Monday

Monday, 12 November 2012

I love Thanksgiving and I love all of these statuses I've been seeing on Facebook about what everyone is thankful for. I would have loved to do it, but I didn't catch on to it until now. I suppose I could start now, or try to catch up, but with everything else I have going on right now, there's no way I'd be able to keep up.

I have so much to be thankful for right now. Even though we have had the worst time of it lately with DH being made redundant, sick kids, and losing the house in North Carolina. Not to mention all of the little hurdles we cross daily.

Mostly I am thankful for my husband and my children. Through all of this stress and worry, I can still safely say that I am just as in love as I was the day we were married. And although the doctors said we couldn't have children (and we lost 6 in trying) we now have two beautiful, perfect children. I couldn't really ask for anything more.

I do miss my family, though. More than usual at this time of year. I will make a big Thanksgiving dinner-- even though it isn't a holiday here-- and my mother-in-law will come, but it just isn't quite the same as being surrounded by a big, noisy family.

It is the holidays at home that i miss the most. There just doesn't seem to be as much cheer here. And its not me, I am not going anti-UK on you or anything, I've had people here say the same thing. I honestly am dreaming of the day we can come home. I am dreaming of hosting Thanksgiving at our house, with my mom and Scarlett helping me cook while my dad snoozes on the couch and Steve and Hunter watch football.

For a while there I thought we might be looking at a Carolina Christmas. That seems unlikely now. In light of everything, I have to be thankful that we will be able to give the kids a Christmas. It was looking less likely a week ago.

But I'm not giving up hope. I will spend the holidays at home eventually. Right now I am aiming for trick or treating with my parents next year. After the crap weather and serious lack of people giving out candy, my dad has promised to take Hunter out and not come back until they've filled a pillow case!

So for now, I am thankful for my family and the little blessings-- like the 30 seconds Scarlett wanted to cuddle today before she spotted my laptop (she's a gadget girl). And I'm thankful I can give my children happy holidays and a wonderful childhood. No matter what continent we are on.

Yet another quickie!

Friday, 9 November 2012

It's Fun Friday and as usual I have loads to do. Its going to be a busy day!

Last night I sat up late writing for NaNo and I've nearly caught up to where I want to be. I finished Tuesday's scene which I had abandoned when I got too tired, wrote a scene which should've counted for Wednesday, and started my Thursday scene. So technically, I'm still behind, but I did write something like 2600 words last night, so I'm pleased with that.

I need to get two articles written (notice I said 'need to', not 'want to'-- I really don't enjoy those articles) and I am setting up a business for my husband (register, website, insurance, etc.) because that's something I really am good at. I also need to finish setting up my other site (the crafty one). I'll do my MaNo tonight; I prefer to do it after everyone has gone to bed and the house is quiet. Oh. And I still need to work on my assignment due Monday.

As usual, I am in over my head. Good thing I like to swim! Happy writing!!

Quickie post...

Wednesday, 7 November 2012

Ok. I figured this would be the case and sadly it is.

When I first decided to do NaNo I knew I needed to count only 5 days a week instead of 7. No, I never planned on taking weekends off (I'm a mom, what are weekends?), but I do coach on Tuesday and Wednesday nights. I figured I wouldn't have time to write on Tuesdays and Wednesdays and that seems to be the case. Unfortunately I fell into the '1667 words a day' rhythm.

I wrote some yesterday-- not quite 1300 words-- but it wasn't the 1700 needed each day. Today I've been spectacularly useless. I have written nothing! Not that I don't want to write, because I really do, it's just that I can't seem to get my 'real' work done.

I start teaching a new fitness class tonight. And I think I may have caught a stomach bug. Fun times.

So I'm not going to beat myself up-- after all I'm doing way better than I thought I would. Instead I'm going to try to catch up. If I'm not completely dead tonight (which I probably will be) then I'll write tonight. If not, I'll use the next few days to catch up.

Now I'm off to get ready for my new class. Happy writing!!

Getting ahead...

Monday, 5 November 2012

Today is supposed to be my 'Mommy Post'. And it is, kind of.

I'm blogging this just after midnight in an attempt to get ahead for the day. I have 12 things on my to-do list for today and I seriously need to get to work if I'm going to finish everything.

There's this blog (which is about the only thing I can do from bed) and a whole slew of housework. Plus there are a few writing-related tasks-- three articles (only 2 on the list but 3 expire tomorrow) and my NaNo word count (I need one more 1700 word scene, but I'd like to aim for 2, it can't hurt to get ahead since Tues & Weds are so busy for me).

So I'm blogging now.

What does this have to do with Momminess? It's simple. Somehow this weekend I managed to get my work done AND play with the kids. That almost never happens. Usually something is left behind on my to-do list, but this weekend, miraculously, I stayed on track. And snuggled up for a couple of movies and played some card games.

Starting tomorrow, I'm going to track my time and see where I waste it during the day. I have to find ways to get the work done before dinner! I also know I need to start getting up earlier to write in preparation for going back to work (I wish maternity leave could last forever). I'll have to come back to that later :).

This week I'm going to concentrate on getting more done in the day. Starting with tomorrow. I'll let you know how it goes.

In other news, I hit 6781 words last night for NaNo! That's a little tiny bit past the target for the weekend!! I am so amazed that I started with not even a proper idea for a story and I'm doing so well! I'm going to try to set similar goals for my articles. I'm also hoping to get into the habit of writing everyday and carry it on after NaNo.

But more in that in Wednesday's writing post. Right now I need to go to bed. With the way things have been going, the baby should be up any minute.

Night all!

Day Two

Friday, 2 November 2012

It's day two of NaNo (only just barely-- it's 0451 here) and already I feel tragically behind. I had a goal of 1650 words for yesterday and I only wrote 1088. I have to say it was a little disheartening.

I feel like this was a bad time to try it, with all of the drama at home, but then is there ever a good time? I think doing NaNo may be like having kids. there never really is a right time, you just have to take the leap.

I'm going to make myself keep going, although last night as I struggled to find any inspiration I was ready to give up. But if it weren't for NaNo I probably wouldn't have 1088 words toward a new story. I probably wouldn't have any.

The reality has sunk in that I need to write my articles more than ever. This year seems to be flying by and I really need the money. Add to that the stress of not knowing if we'll even have a roof over our heads in a month or two and honestly, I am freaking out.

Which could be why I'm blogging at this ridiculous hour.

Nonetheless, I have to keep going. I have 10 things on my to-do list today and unfortunately they are all pretty important. So, I guess I should try to get a little more sleep.

After all, the kids will be up in about an hour.

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