Well. I’m back! And now it’s time for me to tell you about all the stuff I’ve been doing in the last month, etc. So if you’re not a fan of rambly updates, be gone.
(I’m just kidding; stick around, anyway. I’ll try to make this not-rambly. Though it’s painful, you know.
Like ripping apart my soul …)
So, here’s the thing. I … actually was productive? Oh, don’t act so surprised. I can be productive when I want to be productive! (which is rarely, but you know, that’s besides the point!)
Now, let’s start with the most important … well, I don’t know that it’s the most important, but it’s certainly very important to me, which should be enough for you. 😉
In November, I wrote 118,322 words.
Yep. 118,322 words.
14,928 of those were written on one day – the 30th. That’s the most I’ve EVER written in a day … so yes, I’m fairly pleased with that!
So pwetty! ?
Now, what was this beast of a word count?
- All of Souls Astray
- All of The Lady of the Vineyard
- All of Kind
- Some random outlining
- About 2,000 words of From Now ‘Til Forever
So yep, it’s been a full month! Weirdly enough, though, I didn’t get all I wanted to accomplish done.
I actually wanted to finish Souls Astray, The Lady of the Vineyard, Flowers in Her Heart, and From Now ‘Til Forever. But … that didn’t end up panning out.
I did get a lot more words than I wanted (18K, to be exact).
That’s because Souls Astray ended up being twice as long as I intended to be at about 60,000 (rather than my intended 30,000) while The Lady of the Vineyard exceeded by my goal by 10,000, reaching a grand total of 40K.
Eesh. And I thought writing short was my problem …
But at the same time, I’m super glad that I was able to write that much during the month, regardless of the fact that I didn’t quite make the goals I intended to make.
SO MUCH WRITING
I wrote more this month than I ever have before, I wrote more in a day than I ever have before … in fact, I wrote more in a day than I did in the whole month of October, and I wrote more in a month than I have in every month before this combined since July Camp NaNoWriMo.
So yeah. Big deal. Glad to be out of any writing slumps I may have encountered at any time previously. ?
Now, the million dollar question … do I want to keep writing? Or rather, will I force myself to?
Well, right now, I’m taking a teensy break before I finish off From Now ‘Til Forever (estimated a week or so to do it, but who knows) then do my rewrite of Flowers in Her Heart.
And then I get to rewrite Souls Astray based on alpha-reader feedback, and try to find alpha-readers for TLOTV … yep.
It’s going to be a process.
But I’ll save ALLLLLL the details about this crazy writing life for later.
For now, let’s just say … I’m going absolutely mad. ?
Life hasn’t been … easy. It hasn’t even been a lot of fun. But at least there have been some highlights!
Thanksgiving went surprisingly well. I was very apprehensive since this will be our first holiday season without Grandpa, but everything went down okay, and for the most part, we’re surviving.
After Thanksgiving came Christmas – despite my efforts to start a few months earlier. ?? I was so glad to see all our decorations up! Now we have a tree (trees, actually) and lights and all kinds of pretty decorations … as my Instagram followers know well. ?
I’ve been doing a lot of Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram updates, by the way, so if you want to know about my life … you can’t go wrong there.
I MUST POST THE PICTURES
But there are so many pwetty pictures to post that I can’t help myself! Christmas just makes everything so nice to look at. I love driving home and seeing all the lights every night. It absolutely makes my day in every way!
So yes, I’m very excited for Christmas. I get a long break because my work is an after-school program, so I basically get off December 19th through January 3rd … ish. I’m sure I’ll have some extra work to do, but yep. I also get a break from my writing lessons through that period, which is nice.
It’ll be the first time in eons when I’ll be free for such a long period of time, and I’m really looking forward to seeing my friends and family and such during that period. (If you see me, yell at me to visit Grandma, by the way.)
I’ve been struggling a lot with functioning on autopilot, feeling exhausted, sickness (pretty much eternal digestive issues and a six-month cold, lol), but that’s my own fault so I’ve no reason to complain about it. ??
Shush me if I start complaining about the stomachaches caused by me refusing to stop eating things that make me sick and the sicknesses caused by me refusing to eat well or sleep.
And … I think that’s about it! Because I think positivity is ALWAYS the way to go (I hate whiners), I’m going to list ten things I’m thankful for right now as I write this:
- Great ideas for blog posts which I suddenly have in abundance, hoorah!
- NaNoWriMo being over and me having written so much.
- My niece, Mercy … she’s my sunshine. ❤??
- Christmas trees and Christmas lights!
- My dog, Aubrey (and I’m secretly grateful that she may be having “accident puppies” even though that’s kinda wrong).
- Christmas shopping being over. ? I hate shopping.
- My AWANAs class, who are all such sweeties (most of the time).
- My job, which is good and steady and fun and pays well (minimum wage … minimum wage is sooo much, though, y’all!).
- Dairy Queen! (when will I ever not be thankful for thee …)
- GOD, who gives me all the ideas and all the things and all the people. (Did you think a good Christian girl could leave out God?) (No, we are physically incapable of such a thing.) (I tried to type “coffee” in the #10 slot, but my fingers literally would type it.)
You list ten things in the comments if you can!
(Also, yes, yes, I am kidding about the Christian-girl-God-thing.) (Sort of.)
Blogging has been very difficult for me in this past month, so I just … haven’t (as explaining in my last post). However, now I’m back and ready to start blogging again!
I’ve actually been blessed with a huge influx of article ideas, things I want to talk about, etc. A lot of them are more Christian-y and pretty controversial (you’ve been warned).
I also have a LOT (and I mean a LOT) of reviews to catch up on, so there’ll be some Christmas posts, some Christian posts, and more reviews than you can count.
Excited? No? Well, don’t worry; I’ll probably be rambling about writing (both how-to and my own) soon … and I’ll also be rambling about my businesses.
So stayed tuned!
Reveries Co. is going to have a big ol’ launch in January, so I’m excited about that!
I have a lot of work to do to organize it (in fact, I still haven’t done all the planning I need to do), but I’m hoping it’ll include some things like a giveaway, a blog tour, etc.
MY NEW WEBSITE
I don’t believe I ever shared this with you, so now is the time!
At Her Fingertips and Beyond Her Calling are the only ones currently available, but soon I’ll add all sorts of fun packages, swag, and more! I already said this once before in this post, but, well, STAY TUNED.
ANYTHING ELSE I NEED TO SAY?
Yes, I suppose I could say, “THANK YOU FOR STILL STICKING AROUND; YOU’RE AMAZING.”
I forgot to put my readers in my “thanksgivings,” but you’re a big part of what keeps me going each day.
So here’s to the readers! *tips glass of Dr. Pepper*
What were you up to during my hiatus? Did you do any writing!? What’s your favorite flavor of icecream? Have you ever tried a peppermint blizzard? DO YOU LOVE CHRISTMAS AS MUCH AS I DO!?