It’s the 31st. It’s a brand new day. I’m flush with a second back to back NaNoWriMo win.
The manuscript is not done however and I’ve put in another 500 words this morning and more are coming. I know that if I stop and take a break because I’ve made the word count, there’s a chance I won’t finish the book. It would be a shame. A finished first draft is easily moved up on deck when you decide to revise it. An aborted draft is just, well, unfinished and it’s hard to put a decent ending on something when you let it sit too long.
Whereas, you should let a manuscript stew a while before going back for revision.
So how did August go in general? Impressions and thoughts below:
OH MY GOD I MADE IT!
100K. I’ve just reached 100K.
I’m really tired. I’m going to bed now.
The book isn’t finished, there’s still a couple of thousand words to be written down and they will be written tomorrow.
More to follow on this soon. It was such a great ride. It’s a great story. It will need a lot of work and a lot of love in the coming months, but it’ll be worth it.
Thank you all for your unwavering support, your site visits, your emails, your phone calls, your gentle reminders to write and all your suggestions.
Wow. Time flies. It’s been a while since I’ve updated and I’m very sorry about that, but my priority has been to make it to 100K.
I struggled and I flew. Last thursday was my best and most fun writing day. Friday was a fail for many reasons but it’s all good.
I’ve reached 90K and 100K is in sight. Depending on how much I write tonight (lots), I might even finish tomorrow!
Welcome to the 100th post of The Basement Office!
It’s been a great ride and it’s only getting better. I’d like to welcome the new readers, I know it’s a bit slow in August (there’s writing to be done!) but I promise you, come September, we’ll be back on track with a lot of different stuff.
For those of you who don’t know, here’s the ACTUAL basement office:
On the left over here, we have the junk pile I call a desk, where most of my writing gets done. It’s actually a lot cleaner than it was when the Basement Office first began.
Over on the right here, we have the support equipment for the operation. The mini fridge was a christmas gift from my wife (ain’t she a peach? I love her) and the coffee maker, well, it’s a necessity. Caffeine fuels word count it seems.
So what have I learned? What’s been going on for 100 posts?
Oh not a whole lot…but it’s fun. Do read on.
You may have noted that I have not been updating as often and that my posts have been mostly about word count. I do apologize and I promise that once Labour Day is past, I will be contributing better to this blog.
I’m on track to break 20K for the month tonight, or at the latest, tomorrow. I’m still behind but not disasterously so.
How’s my August?
Daughter making friends
This is my daughter making friends at a local community fair.
While I worked hard to get caught up on word count, and that’s going well (I’m slowly catching up to where I should be. I’ll hit 100K on schedule I assure you), it was nice to get out and enjoy the outside world.
I was dubious at first (I’m generally lazy and anti-social) but I am very glad that my wife convinced me to go. We had a great time. Anna had a wonderful time as well, as can be seen in this picture.
It certainly gave me the impetous to go back that evening and pour in an extra 1000 words, which I might not have done without the outing (and the gentle proddings of my significant other).
I’m putting the picture up as a reminder to myself (and to anyone else who may need it) that no matter what we’re trying to do as writers, getting the words down is only the beginning and not the whole story. If we don’t get up once in a while and get out there, we may end up with very little to write about, no matter what you’re writing about.
Alright, back to work.
Not writing related. Just outraged and disappointed and I hate to see it happening in my hometown.
Man injured when concrete chunk is thrown from overpass onto car in Montreal
Seriously, who the hell stands on an overpass and thinks it’s a good idea or that it would be fun to rain down big concrete chunks onto passing motorists?
Dear reader, if you are one of those people I have one request. Just one.
Shoot yourself in the head now. You’ll be doing the world a huge favour.
Before I say anything else, once again the inestimable John Scalzi expresses some of what I feel in a much better way than I can do at this time about the general state of the world.
So what’s going on with me?
I apologize for the lack of updates but I’ve been refilling the well. I’m on vacation this week and while I expected to be a writing machine, it turns out quite different. I’ve been sick and I’ve been rather tired so I took a break. I’m still writing and on track for that 100K by the 30th, never fear. It’s just nice to have a few days to laze around.
I’m working to get caught up today. There’s some good stuff to write about and I’m having a lot of fun with the scenes. Stay tuned for increasing word count!