Monday, October 14, 2013

Hell Week, Part Two

All right, so today's post is going to be short and sweet—Well, maybe not 'sweet' per say. It is about goals and my almost complete lack of progress on the most important one. Bittersweet maybe? That sounds better. Today's post is going to be short and bittersweet today because my day job is being a major pain in my you-know-what. It does this every once in a while, takes over my life completely I mean, and I know it will, but I'm still always irritated when it happens.

Of course, you could probably make the argument that I'm just always irritated. But anyway...

Here are the goals from last week:

1. Do not kill any of my co-workers, no matter how many times they ask if I'm having fun yet.

I'm happy to report that I did not kill any of my co-workers. (and yes, I do mean to imply that this was not the most important goal...) And the temptation was strong, too. Especially that one morning I arrived to find that my co-workers had completely undone all of the hard work I had put in the previous day. Boy, was I mad. And disappointed, as well, because it was then I realized I truly did not have the power to kill people with my brain.


2. Keep plugging away at Part Two of Second Nature.

At the time of my last post, Part Two of Second Nature was sitting at 41,840. It's now at 42,145. Which is a gain of a whopping 305 words. This was not what I had in mind when I said "Must Move Faster" thing. Damn my day job. It just killed me last week.

And since Hell Week was, in a surprising twist of events, extended to this week, it'll probably kill my word count again. Yipee.

So on that happy note, here are my goals for this week:

1. Do not kill any of my co-workers. Even if you do miraculously develop the ability to kill people with your brain.

2. Write more than 305 lousy words in Part Two of Second Nature.

Seriously, if I don't get Part Two done this month, my entire plan for NaNoWriMo will be in smithereens. Must. Go. Faster. That's all there is to it. Still. If anyone knows how I can accomplish this, please let me know.

That's going to do it for me today. Thanks for stopping by. What's on your agenda this week?

37 comments:

  1. My agenda. Clean house. Loppity-loppings. Writing. Writing. And more writing. Also, try not to kill my new manager with my brain. Know how you feel.

    Hugs and chocolate,
    Shelly

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    1. Clean house. Yeah, I should do that too. Sometime.

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  2. They should be lucky you can't kill people with your brain. Just as slow drivers in front of me should be thankful I don't have rocket launchers on the hood of my car...

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    1. Slow drivers. Yeah. They're lucky, too. And I'm lucky that there isn't a camera in my car to record my slow driver freakouts.

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  3. 305 words when you're feeling murderous is kind of impressive!

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  4. I'm in the same boat, MJ. Day job takes up a ton of time, I want to strangle a few of my co-workers, and it's taking it's toll on my NaNo planning as well. I'm supposed to be working on my characters and have that done over this past weekend... yeah....

    P.S. I've nominated you for a Liebster Award!
    http://darathewriter.blogspot.com/2013/10/nanowirmo-spotlight-and-liebster-award.html

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    1. The good thing about my NaNo project is that I already have the characters worked out, but I just need to get the story taken care of. That's the bad part. I like the years when I just jump in blind. So much easier.

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  5. Perhaps murder really is the solution. Just saying...

    And I missed an entire month of writing while dealing with the floods. Took me awhile to get back in the groove. The first day back at it I think I hit 100 words. : /

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    1. Or a new job. In a new field. That doesn't involve co-workers or customers.

      And missing writing time because of flooding is so different that missing writing time because you have to fold jeans.

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  6. Congratulations on not killing your colleagues. I know how hard that can be - not now, my current colleagues are all lovely people (who sometimes Google my name lol) 305 words when you're feeling stressed isn't bad at all. At least you didn't start slashing words. Good luck with writing more this week :-)

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    1. No, that's true. I didn't slash any words. There was no time for that.

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  7. Totally understand the day job blues (and frustrating coworkers!). Best of luck conquering your goals this week!

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  8. Oh no. :( When I had my horrible day job, I was lucky to accomplish anything. 305 words should be celebrated, however! Those are words that weren't there before! I hope it gets better!

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  9. I think I'm going to be joining you with having a hell week at the day job. Fired someone Saturday and the replacement didn't go well today and we don't think he'll be back tomorrow. Which means my day off this week, Wednesday, is now a work day and I have to reschedule my eye appointment again. So yeah, don't fret if you have no time to beta read because I'm not going to have time to read your thoughts on it.

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    1. I just said this to you in an email, but I think it bears repeating:

      May we both become super successful writers who have no need for a day job!

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  10. I'm glad you didn't kill any of your co-workers. I am pretty sure there's no blogging from prison.

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  11. Although you could probably make a pretty good case for justifiable homicide...

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  12. If only I could kill people with my brain. Good luck this week. I hope to keep up with my tour and hopefully do some writing. *fingers crossed*

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  13. I don't know. Considering the week you had, I'd say 305 words is pretty good.

    I know you wanted more though. I hope you do this week.

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  14. You must forgive yourself for the weeks where work takes over your life.

    BTW, why can't you start your NaNo project until after you finish this one? Why can't you just put this one aside for a few weeks? Take the pressure off yourself? Just a thought.

    This week... Yeah, better not ask me what I have in store this week.

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    1. Forgive myself...hmmm. That doesn't sound like me. =)

      My NaNo project (Reckoning) is a continuation of what I'm writing now (Lineage). And I supposed I could write it based on where I hope Lineage ends, but it wasn't the game plan.

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  15. Besides locking the door and turning off the phone, there's not much you can do to increase word counts. I hope you find the time!

    If you do manage to develop the ability to kill with your brain, it's not like anyone will catch you. Just sayin'.

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  16. Won't task you with a long, convoluted comment to which you must contrive a thoughtful response. Go forth and write that sucker!

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  17. Ugh...coworker drama. So frustrating. I can sorta sympathize. My bosses let go of a full-time file clerk and left me all his duties so now I'm doing the work of two employees -- and I'm only part time.

    The cool thing is, I'm much more valuable now so I can sit at the computer and work on my story when I should be getting my office work done. What are they gonna do, fire me? Fine, fire me. Then I can actually finish my story!

    305 words doesn't sound like much, but it's 305 more than you had before. Keep chipping away at it, you'll get there. Here's hoping you find some more time to write before NaNo!

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  18. Don't beat yourself up--you _did_ write, even if you didn't write as much as you'd wanted. Still, any progress is good progress in my book! :)

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  19. I'd say if you do develop the power to kill with your mind, you at least maim them a little.

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  20. 305 words is better than 0, but I know what you mean. I've been in a perpetually irritated mood since last spring. Luckily, I'm FINALLY writing again, so I'm happy. Until THE LIFE and THE FAM steals my free time and thus my joy again. LOL

    Waiting for the other shoe to drop...
    -Fellow Tormented Writer

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  21. You still have half of October left to get Part II done and Hell Week should be over soon, right?

    Although, if you fail at Goal One, you'd probably have lots of time to write in prison...or in the asylum....

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  22. AHAHAHA, I love love LOVE the river gif. Awesome.

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  23. 300+ words is better than zero. Good luck with your goals and not killing your co-workers.

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  24. Sorry work continues to be a pain! Hopefully it won't prevent you from writing heaps of words this week...

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