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- I wrote over 12,000 words in that time (if you count my as-I-go outline and notes) for Novel Y, which is a story ten years in the making.
- I edited 3/4 of Novel X, my NaNoWriMo 2009 winner, and found a teen beta reader for it.
- I also joined an online plotting class all February to teach this old pantzer how to outline in advance. For that I worked on a brand new idea, which I'll call Novel C.
- All the while starting a new position at work that took up most of my physical and emotional energy. (Love the job, hate the work politics.)
Though I didn't reach my ideal word count goals, I'm still really happy that I worked on my projects without the external motivator of a critique group, an expensive university course, or an international writing movement.
This experience is the start of my learning something vital for writers: self-discipline on a mundane, daily level. That's going to be our lifeblood.
I'm still working on the job-writing balance. Jifo is going through his company's crunch time right now so we're coming home around 9-10 p.m. (me) or later (him) and working six days a week (both of us). I'm left to do much of the housework by myself if I want it done at all, and we're raising a young, takes-food-off-the-dining-table dog. The writing hasn't exactly happened every day.
In stupendous news, I finally fixed the insomnia that moving to NYC (and back) and starting a grueling graduate program left me with. For the last four or five months, I was unable to go to bed before 6 or 7 a.m., or if I did, unable to sleep past 6 or 7 a.m. when Jifo's alarm would go off. ::shudder:: Dark days, they be.
Now I'm exercising once a week (goal is 3x) and in a month Jifo should be out of his crunch time and hopefully able to help me around the house more (right, honey? yes please?)
Revising Novel X is now my top priority, as this is the piece I'm going to query agents with.
Now I'm off to a $5 Vietnamese food court lunch with my meetup group!