December 2, 2018: Prepping/Completing ‘After the Quake’

I spent most of yesterday prepping for the new monthly theme for my classroom. It took a good couple hours making sure I have what I needed. I know that it’s not ideal to do work-related tasks during the weekend, yet Andy came down with a cold, so I had the day to gather what I needed for the first half of the month.

I also finished reading ‘After the Quake’ by Haruki Murakami! It was such a lovely short story collecttion. Due to NaNoWriMo, there was a pause in completing the compilation, but I can still recall what occurred in the earlier stories. I will give a more extensive book review in a future post.

November 30, 2018: Finishing My Draft

Last night I completed NaNoWriMo! I can’t believe I finished writing 50,000 words. In the beginning of the month, I started the project just to see how far I could go. Writing a book was always the farthest from my mind. I never saw myself as an ‘author’. And while I’m still not at that stage, it’s certainly a big step toward something toward being an author. I was able to write the minimun (1,600 words) every night. Yesterday I wrote the final word count: 3,377 words. It involved writing during my break at work, and getting to the project as soon as I got home. I needed to validate the count after everything was done.

This month showed that I can truly write an extensive amount every day. Now during December and January, I can edit my project. I’ll probably start that in the middle of December. For now, I can resume my reading schedule. There’s so many exciting books to read.

November 28, 2018: NaNoWriMo/Family

Only a couple more days for NaNoWriMo. The toughest part of finishing up a writing project is finding a conclusion. I’m just about at that point. I’m still making good time, but it’s a bit tricky. Good thing that it’s just a draft. I would love to be done and over with though!

I finally reached my grandfather yesterday, during my break. He’s still not feeling his best, but we were able to talk for a few minutes. He did tell me about a close family friend (in Puerto Rico) wno’s nearing the end of his life. This was very sad for me to hear, since he’s always fun to be around with whenever came back to visit us. Life truly does change before you know it.

November 25, 2018: Writing Task/North Jersey

Just a few days left for NaNoWriMo! I’m glad that I’ve kept up with the task of writing 50,000 words for this long. Now comes the true test of seeing this project through to the end. I so look forward to getting this completed.

This morning Andy and I are heading to North Jersey so I can get my hair done. The person that does my hair actually listens to what I need done, not take another path in hair color. We need to travel an hour away from where I live, but it’s worth it. Thankfully, Andy doesn’t mind the trip.

November 21, 2018: NaNoWriMo progress, and Thanksgiving

It’s the final third of NaNoWriMo. I’m really excited about that. I’ve been doing my best in writing every day. It will be fun to finally upload my whole draft onto the site. I’ll just need to move a couple things around before submitting it. Hopefully it won’t require a million hoops to validate it. I will look through it this weekend.

Tomorrow will be exciting, since I’ll be seeing my family in Paterson. It will be great seeing my grandparents and niece. I’ll be able to bring them some keepsakes also.

Everything worked out with the medical stuff yeaterday. It always takes a wait longer than I anticipated, but everything checked out, thankfully.

Tonight can’t come soon enough!

November 19, 2018: Monday Mornings

For the first time in a while, I actually got all the things completed that I needed to do for today. Usually prepwork takes a few hours to do for me, but ot actually went fairly quickly. I had some time to write before it became very late. It’s hard to function when I write my notes after 9, but finishing my prepwork before it gets late is a plus.

Hopefully my week can pass by fairly quickly. It’s a short one (three days), so I can hope that it can go by with minimal stress.

November 18, 2018: Sunday Thoughts

  • This Thanksgiving will have a new kind of stress for me. I think it’s the first time that I’m handling such a dilemma. Of course, the answer for me is clear, to make the best choice for my life and family. It should be interesting to see how this unfolds in the next few days.
  • My progress in NaNoWriMo is still moving steadily. I’ll need to do some moving around before the end of the month. Hopefully it won’t be a huge pain.
  • Looking forward to the four day weekend. That, at least, is a positive!

November 15, 2018: Halfway through NaNoWriMo

I reached the halfway point in my NaNoWriMo journey! It’s been quite a journey so far. I learned that a story can change at a moment’s notice, so accommodating those changes is very important. I’ve grown a bit overwhelmed also, since my story now feels like separate squares in a blanket that needs to be carefully stitched together. The process is very time consuming, yet the end result will be a draft of a novel.

November 14, 2018: NaNoWriMo progress

One thing that I’m relieved about with my NaNoWriMo progress is that I’m more relaxed about writing ‘a draft’ as oppised to a finished product. I usually get so consumed with everything looking perfect, but working on draft only requires that you put the thread of your ideas down on paper. Granted, you do need to have to ensure that your characters have some form of growth. The main point is that you need to get your ideas down on paper. At least, that’s what’s working for me thus far.

November 13, 2018: NaNoWriMo progress, and Flowing Again

Sometimes I wonder about the workings of life. Yesterday I returned to work, and aside from one unexpected event, it went pretty quietly. I’m back to the early routine this week. Tomorrow will be a busy one, since it will be conferences. For now, I’m thankful that I caught some sleep.

My NaNoWriMo progress has been steady. I made just the minimum word count yesterday. Since I wrote quite a bit the past couple days, I’m not too concerned. Hopefully I won’t be too exhausted tonight to write again.