NaNoWriMo 2017: Day 7

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I didn’t start writing until the afternoon and then my computer started acting weird. The monitor has been doing glitchy things for a while. I think the connection might have been a little dusty, I reconnected things and: so far so good! That and my late start and few other chores meant that I didn’t get much done on my novel. I wrote for about 20 minutes and got 670 words for the day. Oh well!

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The last sentence I wrote:

“My brother Cloyd worked here in the stables and got me on not long after Xavier’s parents were married.”

Riveting.

 

 

9290 / 50000 words. 19% done!

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NaNoWriMo 2017: Days 5 & 6

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I didn’t write on the fifth. I dismantled Halloween outside and took care of a few more household chores. We watched lots of TV and went for a lovely autumnal walk and it was a pretty relaxing day.

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I wanted to write straight away on Monday, but I had lots of little photo chores to do. If I didn’t want to spend the time making my triplicate backups of video, I needed to do some quick editing and uploads.* But you know, quick video editing is a time suck.  Then I had photos to edit and Patreon posts to make and it took a couple of hours so I didn’t get started writing until almost 10am.

I did some sprints on twitter with @nanowordsprints and got 2929 words written. Before noon! I actually thought I might write more but I moved on to bullet journal upkeep and logged the words in pen so *shrug*.

Here’s the last sentence I wrote, it’s a rough one:

He looked over at Philomena with a sparkle of boyish laughter in his brown eyes.

 

 

8620 / 50000 words. 17% done!

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NaNoWriMo 2017: Day 4

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I spent a lot of the day moving between browser tabs and doing things that one could say had something to do with my novel. I got my list of names-to-grab-when-my-mind-blanks put together. I read forum posts. I procrastinated spectacularly.

It was double-up donation day on the NaNoWriMo site. I donated. I also thought: You know what? I have never had such a low word count on double-up day, I could actually double my word count today! I continued to procrastinate.

Every time I went into the kitchen, I screamed a little because it’s such a mess. But I didn’t do anything about that, either.

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Eventually I got my stuff together, and, back in the recliner with my laptop, I participated in 5 sprints on twitter (three 15, a 10 and a 20 minute) and did it. Like, I more than doubled my total word count. Stuff in my story actually started to get kind of fun. I creeped myself out a little with something I wrote. I may, in fact, have given myself some nightmares. I got 2,955 words for the day. I’m still behind, but it was major progress and a huge relief to enjoy myself while writing. I had such a weird, rough start. I know it will get tough again during week two, but I’m used to it. It’s all gonna work out.

The last sentence I wrote:

Understandably, Philomena screamed.

 

 

5691 / 50000 words. 11% done!

 

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NaNoWriMo 2017: Day 3

I actually felt pretty good yesterday for most of the morning. I spent it doing internet chores. By the time I sat down to write again I was feeling terrible and super down on my writing again.

Oh well. The leaves are changing and beautiful. I’m sure I’ll feel better soon.

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I wrote 834 words and that’s… something.

The last sentence I wrote:

The drive was dotted with lamps, but they were just little pools of light showing the perimeters of the cobbled path.  

 

 

2736 / 50000 words. 5% done!

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NaNoWriMo 2017: Day 2

Another day of just SUPER BRAIN FOG. I did get my Bullet Journal set up for November, though!

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I got out my bullet journal from last year and used it to help me set up my NaNoWriMo tracker for this year. I felt a bit sad because I was more creative in my bullet journal a year ago, always trying new things, but now I feel like I’m just doing the same things over and over again. I think, as with all things, I have creative highs and lows, and I will feel inspired again. Of course one reason I have been repetitive is that my current layouts work really well for me. Still I hope to challenge myself in December to try some new things. I have enough on my plate in November though, even for the sake of NaNoWriMo procrastination, I’m too busy overhaul my bullet journal!

I haven’t done any sprints yet. I’ve just been writing when I feel up to it and I didn’t get much in yesterday. I wrote a total of 755 words.

The last sentence I wrote:

“I’m Sherman Picklecorn,” the red-haired man admitted. “Jacob mentioned my mother, she’s the housekeeper up at the manor.”

 

 

1902 / 50000 words. 4% done!

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NaNoWriMo 2017: Day 1

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Ahh, so tired the day after Halloween, always so tired. But this was extra, I had bad cramps all day and zero motivation to either take down Halloween or work on my NaNoWriMo. I hadn’t done any of my usual October prep. I hadn’t assembled a list of people and place names, I hadn’t thought about it… at all, really. I still haven’t re-read No Plot? No Problem! or made a cute graph in my bullet journal.

I’ve been depressed, since last November really, it comes and goes in waves and I’m functioning and happy fairly often now, but it’s holding me down a bit. November and December are months filled with happy things I love and memories that hurt a lot. Every single thing is about finding a balance. I’m trying super hard.

In the evening, when Shaun was home and working on studying for his test the next morning, I managed to write for a bit and got 1,147 words, which is a start.

Here’s the last sentence I wrote:

Maybe there would be a friendly young face, not a beau, but a village girl to gossip with, someone her own age so that she wouldn’t be as lonely as her friends insisted she would be.

If you’re interested in daily excerpts, favorite lines and stuff, I’ll be posting them with my daily 365 photos on my Patreon at the $1 level. <3

 

 

1147 / 50000 words. 2% done!

Where have I been!?

I did have a great blogging schedule for a while! It fell off over the summer. Everything for me falls off over the summer, it’s my least creative time by far.

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I have been blogging almost daily along with my Patreon 365 set. Sometimes all I say is “I didn’t feel great today!” But, you know, it’s something. Just $1 a month gets you access to all the digital content I share there.

 

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I also bought a domain a couple of months ago. rachelakelso.com. Just click the camera to open navigation! There IS a blog there, but I wanted to have it focus on photography and then I realized it’s just not as connectable as wordpress so, *shrug*

I’m going to get back to blogging here on Writing The Ridiculous, especially over the next couple of months because: NaNoWriMo approches!

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Follow my NaNoWriMo twitter, wigglewriterly, for gems like this:

I have three Instagram accounts that I update fairly regularly:

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@rachelakelso, where I post mostly current art photography, occasional #tbts, life stuff.

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@the.happy.snaps, where I post mostly phone pics, things that make me happy, yoga, food, pictures of my monday mama.

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@ten.years.ago, where I post photos I took exactly ten years ago.

I really like to compartmentalize! So I have a couple more twitters…

I use wigglewarily for general life stuff and links and pictures of cute animals and so forth.

I use thehappysnaps for livetweeting consumption (like my gothic in the bath series, featured above), posting pictures from games I play, mostly positive content. It’s my safe twitter to visit when I’m feeling low.

Now,  I’ll try to get back to regular content here, but if you want to come find me somewhere else, too, well, you have plenty of options. <3

*This post originally posted with a derpy typo in the title “Where have a been!?” that I didn’t notice for like 24 hours and only after I had already shared it all over the place. *thumbs up*

Tulsa Zoo: Part Two

I was going to break this up with a different post in between, but the past few weeks really got away from me! Here are the rest of the pictures I took on our recent zoo trip. It was such a lovely day.

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52 no. 4

I started another 52 weeks set with Shaun a bit over a month ago. I’ve actually missed a week or two, but I’m not fussed. Here are the first 5 shots:

1. Ohoho! Love the lighting!
1. Ohoho! Love the lighting! – Prompto, Final Fantasy XV
This was just a moment where the light was really interesting, coming in through the front door and I thought, aha, it’s time to start this new set I’ve been wanting to do.
2. I am looking for someone to share in an adventure that I am arranging, and it's very difficult to find anyone. 2. I am looking for someone to share in an adventure that I am arranging, and it’s very difficult to find anyone.The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien
On the airplane flying to visit our bestest friends in Seattle.

3. Be so very light. Be a gentle whisper. 3. Be so very light. Be a gentle whisper. – Bob Ross
When we got back, we both had terrible colds. Consequently I missed taking a photo the next week.

4. well, I've been afraid of changing cos I've built my life around you 4. well, I’ve been afraid of changing cos I’ve built my life around you.Landslide, Fleetwood Mac
We went for a walk. It was almost a little too cold, but actually perfect. We saw a bunch of cats, and cast long shadows as we turned towards home. I missed another week after this because I spent the whole week finally getting back on top of things around the house after having been on vacation and then ill.

5. got my bad baby by me heavenly side 5. got my bad baby by me heavenly sideSummertime Sadness, Lana del Rey
We went to the Persian Cultural Festival at the University of Tulsa. Lovely art and history, music and company.