I did so much laundry yesterday. And I still have lots to do. Laundry is The First Thing that goes for me during NaNoWriMo. I hadn’t done it since October 30th, I think. So close to two weeks! We were getting dangerously low on the most important articles, socks and underwear. I was also almost out of dishrags, a testament to the fact that unlike previous Novembers, I have been doing the dishes every day. The house looks so good right now I can only imagine how good it would look if I weren’t spending 6 hours every day sitting at the computer procrastinating about writing a novel and an hour actually writing it.
Except yesterday, I only spent 30 minutes on my novel. I couldn’t help it. Well… actually, I could have. While my terror of the dryer buzzing (worst sound in the world?) during a fast paced writing session did deter me somewhat, I could have squeezed a half hour in at some point before my mom arrived to work on her latest painting and Shaun got home with groceries. I didn’t. Instead I sat in my cozy chair and read a book. That’s new too, I have never managed to work on reading a book while I was working on writing one. They always conflicted too much in my mind, or I was too exhausted of words, or… I don’t know, time spent reading was just begrudged because it could be time spent writing.
After all the folding and sorting and putting away, hunching over the keyboard for a half hour wreaked havoc upon my back. I have really, really got to do some yoga, I’m feeling pretty miserable lately and it makes me angry at my novel. You’re physically hurting me, novel! I never hurt this much outside of November. A few years ago I diligently did yoga after I had successfully acquired my word count. Every day! AMAZING, who was that person? How do I get in touch with her?
So, while my mom worked on her painting (and resisted coming over to blow our noses, like a mom. Shaun and I both had a mid-writing session sneezing fit!) Shaun and I got a half hour session in. It was already 5pm by the time that was finished and I had to choose. Dinner & dishes or more words? I chose dinner & dishes. Shaun wrote again while I worked on that. We watched Blood for Dracula (2 stars, maybe? Would have been 3 except… no.) and got more reading done before bed.
In the end I only wrote 1,099 words for the day. I was still ahead for the month, though. Not a great inconvenience. I hope to write extra extra today to make up for it!
19784 / 50000 words. 40% done!