Goal Update 11/30

Goal 1) HTWAN story

  • My Goal: 505 wpd, 1515 wpw
  • Where I planned to be: 45955 total words
  • Where I am: 43298 total words
  • On Target or Behind: Behind

How’s It Going:
Didn’t write much this week. Mostly due to school wrapping up and of course Thanksgiving. But this week’s lesson (35) has definitely helped me lay out how I’m going to end this. Maybe I’ll hit 45k, maybe I won’t, but I know I won’t be getting to 50k like I originally planned. That’s okay.

Goal 2) Some Kind of Savior

  • My Goal: 1 lesson per month, 10 pages per day for type-in
  • Where I planned to be: still working on Lesson 20
  • Where I am: 4 pages typed in
  • On Target or Behind: On Target

How’s It Going:
IT’S HAPPENING.

I don’t know how to measure how much I need to do to get this done on time. My page numbers go up to 102, but I have… a lot of page numbers that ended up with letters appended to them… It’s entirely possible I have 150 pages, idk. If I go with that number, I need to do at least 10 pages a day. With classes almost over, and my draft almost finished, I think I can manage that.

Goal Update 11/23

I don’t think I’ve mentioned anything about this at all on here, but back in March, I started wearing an orthotic to help realign my jaw. My teeth don’t line up properly, and never have, so I’ve just adapted, which caused TMJ pain, jaw popping and clicking, jaw clenching, enamel wear, and noticable wear on the jaw joint via CT scan. After wearing this hunk of acrylic in my mouth 24/7 for six months, with weekly adjustments, my dentist proclaimed me stable in September, and last week I finally got to see my orthodontist. After a small little hiccup due to not wearing the thing during the day (which I was told I didn’t have to do!), I’m cleared to get braces. The week before Christmas.

I am both excited (I don’t have to wear this orthotic anymore! One step closer to fixing my goddamn teeth/jaw issues!) and… well, I’ve had braces before. I know what’s coming. But I survived it the first time, I can do it again.

And I’ve had people ask, but no, I can’t get Invisalign. I’ve seen the models of my teeth, and I can feel the fact that none of my teeth touch. Metal braces with rubber bands are gonna be my only option, and in reality, the quickest and cheapest option anyway.

Back to the important stuff.

Goal 1) HTWAN story

  • My Goal: 505 wpd, 1515 wpw
  • Where I planned to be: 44440 total words
  • Where I am: 42772 total words
  • On Target or Behind: Behind

How’s It Going:
Great, actually. I’m still technically behind on my goal, but I’m pretty much ignoring it at this point. I wrote 1245 words this week; that’s better than each of the last three weeks. I’m not gonna complain. The ending is… very near.

Goal 2) Some Kind of Savior

  • My Goal: 1 Lesson per month, 3 scenes per day for Lesson 20
  • Where I planned to be: 27 scenes in
  • Where I am: Finished with Lesson 20!
  • On Target or Behind: On Target

How’s It Going:
IT’S MUH-FUCKIN TYPE-IN TIME.

-Jimmy voice- Ooo-wee, ooo-wee!

Goal Update 11/16

Goal 1) HTWAN story

  • My Goal: 505 wpd, 1515 wpw
  • Where I planned to be: 42925 total words
  • Where I am: 41527 total words
  • On Target or Behind: Behind

How’s It Going:
This looks bad. But I’m taking it easy, and I spent a little time looking through a book I got for Christmas last year, Save the Cat! Writes A Novel by Jessica Brody. Long story, but basically she took a guide to story structure in screenwriting and adapted it to writing novels. Not much of a process guide, so it didn’t help me on its own, but picking it back up now did give me some ideas on how to end this thing, or at least a direction to run in.

I’ll probably go a little harder next week, with the combination of ideas, being officially done with one of my online classes (!!!), and one of my other classes easing up on homework as we gear up for finals. (Yes, I am one of those horrible, disgusting people who don’t have to study. Sue me.)

Goal 2) Some Kind of Savior

  • My Goal: 1 Lesson per month, 3 scenes per day for Lesson 20
  • Where I planned to be: 18 scenes in
  • Where I am: 20 scenes in
  • On Target or Behind: On Target

How’s It Going:
Not much to say, other than it’s going well. I’ve had to clean up a few things, rewrite some parts of scenes I’ve been putting off. Nothing spectacular.

Goal Update 11/9

Goal 1) HTWAN story

  • My Goal: 505 wpd, 1515 wpw
  • Where I planned to be: 41410 total words
  • Where I am: 41019 total words
  • On Target or Behind: Behind

How’s It Going:
Didn’t get a lot done this week. But you know what? That’s okay. I don’t think this thing is gonna hit 50K. Maybe 45K tops, if I really get going. But it’s very close to the end. I’m just gonna keep doing my lessons, and I’ll get there when I get there, but I’m not gonna stress about word count. Not today, Satan. My real goal here is to finish the damn thing by the end of the year, regardless of word count.

Goal 2) Some Kind of Savior

  • My Goal: 1 Lesson per month, 3 scenes per day for Lesson 20
  • Where I planned to be: 9 scenes in
  • Where I am: 11 scenes in
  • On Target or Behind: On Target

How’s It Going:
As predicted, this lesson is gonna be pretty fast. This is the last one before type in, so it’s all about making sure what I’ve got on paper is solid. And, the faster I can finish this up, the faster I get to type in.

I’m ready. This has been way, way, way too long in the making.

Goal Update 11/2

Goal 1) HTWAN story

  • My Goal: 505 wpd, 1515 wpw
  • Where I planned to be: 39895 total words
  • Where I am: 39903 total words
  • On Target or Behind: On Target

How’s It Going:
My impression of this week’s lesson (Lesson 31): Why couldn’t I have gotten this lesson TWO WEEKS AGO???

Seriously, because of when I bought the course and doing monthly payments, I don’t get my lessons until Wednesday each week. So my words for Sunday were a pitiful 109, and Tuesday came out to a not-much-better 195. I’ve been struggling to come up with SOMETHING to get me going.

My words after working through the lesson and FINALLY having everything click on Thursday were only 353, but at least that only left me with 483 to go today to hit my total goal for the week. (I had… quite a bit of buffer there, thankfully.) So I just barely squeaked in. I’m both relieved and a little exhausted.

Goal 2) Some Kind of Savior

  • My Goal: 1 lesson per month; Lesson 19 by 11/2, 5 scenes per day
  • Where I planned to be: Finished with Lesson 19
  • Where I am: Finished with Lesson 19 (barely)
  • On Target or Behind: On Target

How’s It Going:
It feels like it’s been a crazy week, with us moving locations at work, but I think the main downer has just been scrambling for words. Which put me behind on my homework, which put me at crunch time for this. But I only left five scenes to go on Thursday, all of which are short due to being at the end, so I was able to fly through them today.

I really like what I got today, so here’s a short snippet.

NOTE: The following material is a copyrighted excerpt from raw, unedited first draft, which may contain typos and spelling or grammar errors. Please do not point out corrections or make suggestions as I will not see them during revision. Please do not quote this material, as it may not survive to final draft.

The rest of the group was watching the three of them expectantly, none of them fluent enough in Krasnian to understand.

Finally, Mischa asked Judith, “How many of them?”

“At least five. Why?”

“That’s way too many,” Rebel said in Krasnian. “Three, and you me and Jordan could probably manage. But five…”

“I may not be as young as I used to be, but I can still fight,” Dmitri said, catching on. “Just don’t ask me to run,” he added with a laugh.

Rebel shook her head. “That still leaves us one short.”

“You guys are killing me,” Jordan said. “Are you chatting or are you planning?”

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