Battling the Daily NaNo Word Count

So I wrote this post last year, during NaNo, in hopes of inspiring myself and others that it really can be done. I’m posting it this year if any NaNo-ers need a little support.

I’ve gotten to Day 10 of NaNoWriMo, and so far I’ve made my word count every day. But right now, my small lead has leached away to tiredness. I’m sitting at my computer with my eyes blinking shut, and all I can think about is how much I just want to go to sleep. I’ve done the majority of my writing every night before hopping into bed, though most weekdays I build a small lead during my lunch break so I don’t have a full complement of words to write at night.


Of course, I didn’t do that today. I’ve slowed down, and now I’m just sleepy. It doesn’t look like I’ll make my words today, and I fear greatly that if I fail to do all my words today, I’m doomed to failure for the rest of the month. Am I to be content with the 16,000+ words I’ve written to date? Did I really think I’d be able to win at this bizarre goal of writing a full 1667 words every day for a month? Me, who has never written consistently daily in her life, who has never had a word count anywhere approaching 1667 every day. Should I be proud of my 10-day achievement and just try again next year? Or should I attempt to soldier on and see what happens the rest of this week?

I doubt that I’ll make up words as the month progresses: I’m already starting to burn out on ideas despite putting words to three different projects as the mood strikes me. Maybe I’ll make a good start on words tomorrow and not feel this despair, because tonight, my pillow beckons, and I have yet to brush my teeth and don my pajamas. It’s not midnight yet, but it’s quite late and the baby will be waking up long before I’m ready for him. So adieu for today. We’ll see how I feel tomorrow about continuing this crazy adventure.

Of course, I just checked my word count for today and it’s actually better than I thought. Maybe I really can do this!

Long-Awaited Synopsis of Book 2

After working hard on NaNoWriMo to write up the draft of Book 2, I’m pleased to announce my efforts have borne fruit. Various plot points caused me plenty of trouble, but I labored through. Without further ado, the synopsis of Free Worvanz: Book 2 is as follows:

On her way back to Parrel, Captain Del is abducted by a herd of piratical space cows keen on finding endless new sources of hay. After using her magic to learn to maneuver their spacecraft, Del slays the herd’s bull and lands on a deserted grassy moon. She liberates the herd, continues back to Worvanz with the spaceship, and defeats the Emperor using the spaceship’s intergalactic lasers.

She and Tolemius marry and serve filet mignon at their wedding feast.

Since Tolemius and Del now have so much experience flying spacecraft, their next goal will be to defeat the Worvani Emperor on a moon of his home planet. Along the way, they will get sucked into a wormhole and end up on a different side of the galaxy, where they will discover some very unusual new allies and enemies.


Image credit: X-ray: NASA/CXC/University of Bonn/G. Schellenberger et al; Optical: INT

Since the best part of writing science fiction is actually pursuing some science, I’m curious about the types of species they are going to encounter. Maybe some tree-people or some water world creatures.

During my last trip to the Georgia Aquarium, I learned about river-dwelling fish that can shoot poison at prey above the surface of the water. Can you imagine how cool it would be if we could do that, or what application that might have to a creature on a sci-fi world?

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