Wednesday, October 31, 2018

November Goals

Happy Halloween, everyone!



As you perhaps gathered from the title of today's post, I'm talking goals. First up is a brief-ish recap of how I made out with last month's goals:

1. Release Second Nature's ebook

This actually happened. It turns out that much of my frustration was due to the fact that I kept sending the wrong version of the book to my e-reader, so none of the changes I had made were showing up. Oops. Once I realized the mistake (really, I'm smart in other ways. Probably.), things went a lot smoother. So yeah. Second Nature is officially available in paperback and on Kindle, which means for the first time in years, I have no Second Nature goals on my To-Do list. I'm not actually sure how I feel about that. I hope eating my weight in peanut butter cups will help me figure it out.



2. Finish first draft of the Terrible, Horrible, No-Good, Bad Romance novel

As of the writing of this post, I have two scenes left to write. Of the four scenes I mentioned in my last post, I deleted the one on which I was undecided and finished the dreaded sex scene. Sure, the sex scene is about as sophisticated as a Dick and Jane story, but it's good enough for the first draft. This leaves me with the last two scenes in the book: the lead-up to the happy ending, and the happy ending itself. I absolutely have no idea how to actually end this book, but here's hoping I figure out something before midnight. Or before my peanut-butter-cup-induced coma kicks in. Which ever comes first.

3. Finish the first draft of Retail Rhapsody

Didn't quite get there. I was swamped with other projects this month, and this one fell by the wayside. But it is definitely taking shape. Shape-ish. It'll get there. Eventually. Ish.

4. Log at least three miles per day

Done, and done. I think I'm still slightly behind my year-long goal, but I have two months to try and make up the difference. Or at least some of the difference.


Here are my goals for November:

1. Win NaNoWriMo

I haven't participated in the November edition of NaNoWriMo since 2015, where I ended up with 35,000 words and a loss. I hope to do better this time around. My intended project is Book Three of my fantasy series (aka Full Circle). I will need way more than 50,000 words to complete this project, but I aim to get a nice jump on things. We'll see how it goes. I've been chomping at the bit to work on this book for months now, but I'm worried that I was only so eager to work on it because I had other things I had to do instead. But now that I have an entire month set aside to do nothing but work on this book? I'll probably just end up doing my very best Cave Slayer impression.


2. Don't hide/embarrass myself during this month's book events any more than absolutely necessary

This month, I am scheduled to attend two local author book fairs (details in the sidebar), which is making me feel a great deal of anxiety—this on top of the regular amount of anxiety I feel about everything everyday anyway. I may have to make eye contact with people. They may ask what my books are about. I may have to do the whole putting-words-into-sentence-doing thing, and I am really terrible at that. And everything else I mentioned. So the goal is to pretty much act as normal-ish as possible as much as possible.

3. Log at least three miles every day

I need to make sure I don't become part of my desk chair this coming month.



That's it for me today. Are you NaNo-ing this November? Doing something else exciting?

Tune in next time when I may or may not remember to post something at some point in November!

21 comments:

  1. You'll definitely hit those exercise goals - the weather is finally cooling off (or getting there anyway!) I usually do better with that this time of year.

    Good luck with NaNo!

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    1. I have enjoyed this "cooler" weather. We're coming up on that time of year where I can actually tolerate being outside in Florida. Very exciting. :)

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  2. You know, when you say your sex scene is like a Dick & Jane book, it gives a whole new connotation to Dick and Jane.

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    1. I thought that when I wrote the comparison (which then made me laugh). :)

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  3. Happy Halloween! Good luck with NaNo!

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  4. Woot for getting Second Nature out there into the wild!

    I'm gearing up for NaNo too. And working up to working out as well (which I haven't done since I caught pneumonia back in April). We can do this!

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    1. So long as the Halloween candy holds out...

      Just kidding...we got this!

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  5. Happy Halloween! ^_^

    Know too well how tough endings can be sometimes, so I hope your muse is kind enough to give you a light-bulb moment before midnight!

    And best of luck with all your November goals! I remember how overwhelming NaNo could be, when I used to take part in it. Hope you have lots of success with this challenge this year!

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    1. My first few NaNoWriMo experiences, I was very overwhelmed. I remember my first attempt, I was on Day 3 or so, and I was just sitting in front of the computer, eyes wide, thinking "WHAT DID I GET MYSELF INTO?!?" That doesn't happen very much these days. I know I have done it successfully in the past, so maybe that helps. Now my biggest fear is squandering the opportunity.

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  6. Good luck on NaNo. Congrats on getting Second Nature out into the wild. It's only on Kindle? Will it be in Barnes & Noble any time soon? (I know, I should totally switch to Kindle, or actually the plan is to get a tablet and have both apps on it so I don't lose the hundreds of novels I have on my Nook. It'll happen someday.)

    From what I understand about writing sex scenes, they are best plotted much like you've done. Then add emotion. As you're good with the darker emotions, try to go for passion for a change. Or omit the sex scenes. Some readers like "clean" romance anyway.

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    1. It is currently only available on Kindle. I hadn't decided on the Nook version yet because I honestly didn't know if there was an audience for it. But I will definitely put it on the list—which solves a problem because now I can put Second Nature back on my To-Do list, and all is right in the world. :)

      And yeah...every sex scene I write is created in stages. Stage one is always about getting the bare bones on the page, then I go back and try to add layers of emotion or whatever needs to go into the scene. But that's December's problem.

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  7. You have a lot to be proud of this month! And I'm sure you won't embarrass yourself. You'll just THINK that you've embarrassed yourself an d no one will be able to tell you otherwise.

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    1. That is a very true statement. The part about no one being able to tell me otherwise, I mean. :)

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  8. Good luck with your goals for November.

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