Monday, November 26, 2012

Birth of a Novel 2012 - NaNo #3 & Objection Completion #1

Today is not a Thursday, the day I usually post for Birth of a Novel. However, I didn't post last Thursday due to Thanksgiving and my being out of town. I'm back now though and ready to update you.

I didn't do as well with my goals as I did last time, but I still got a lot accomplished and am quite proud of these victories.

    Last week's goals:
  1. Write 3k for today. I wrote 3,019 words for a total of 53,448 words.
  2. Write 1k on Friday. I wrote 1,023 words for a total of 54,471 words.
  3. Write 6k on both Saturday and Sunday. On Saturday I wrote 4,420 words, falling 1,580 words below my goal. However, on Sunday I wrote 6,112 words so I still partially met my goal. This gave me a total of 65,003 words.
  4. Write 2k on Monday. I wrote 2,149 words for a total of 67,152 words.
  5. Write at least 4k on Tuesday, continuing if close to the end. I wrote 6,014 words for a total of 73,166 words and completed the first draft of THE TRUE PRINCESS! The NaNoWriMo site's word count validator differs slightly with a count of 73,151 words. This disagreement has never happened to me before, but I still finished my story and still beat 50k so I'm not too worried about it. Word counters aren't all the same.
  6. Make at least one vlog. Go here.
  7. Catch up on 26/43 blogs. I managed to finish 24/43, only catching up on two of the four blogs I was aiming for. Neither of the two I finished were the "post everyday" blogs I talked about. However, I have made good progress with both of the remaining two.
  8. Attach labels to posts from the past two months. This did not take as long as I expected. I finished up through September in probably twenty minutes. Just two years worth of blog posts to go. Also, I changed the widget appearance from a list to a cloud as well as retitled the widget to fit in with my sidebar's "mountain" theme.

Now that NaNoWriMo is over, it's time for me to move on to other things. My biggest concern right now is finishing my first draft of OBJECTION before New Year's. I also have a few other, smaller projects I want to work on.

    This week's goals:
  1. Reach 30k on OBJECTION. Right now, I'm at 27,334 words. This means I have to write 2,666 words in four days. I can do that. Hell, I could do that in one day. My only concern is that OBJECTION hasn't been as easy to write as most of my other projects and I might not have planned out this middle part as well as I should have, but I will not let that stop me!
  2. Plan out THE SMILE FIXER. Essentially this is a rewrite of last year's The Chrysalis Experiment Prompt #2 story. At first I was playing around with this concept for the PERFECT FLAW anthology but ended up deciding it wasn't the one. I liked my ideas though so I'm still going to write it. I usually don't plan for short stories. However, this one is going to be a little longer and more detailed than my short stories generally are.
  3. Read through The Chrysalis Experiment stories and pick one to rewrite for the PERFECT FLAW anthology or come up with a new idea. As I mentioned above, I scrapped my original idea for my submission to this anthology. So I need a new one and soon. The deadline is January 8th.
  4. Write a summary for THE TRUE PRINCESS. These are always good to have and, even if it isn't perfect, it will help me with my pitch later. Summaries also usually drive home what my novels' main focuses are. Plus, it'll add to my Projects page. I already have a first line.
  5. Read CALL OF THE WILD. If you're friends with me on Goodreads, you may know that I've been reading a book called MORE STORIES TO REMEMBER since February. It's an anthology that was published in 1958. I'm about halfway through it and I would like to finish reading it by New Year's. Right now I'm on THE CALL OF THE WILD. It has a total of 59 pages.
  6. Catch up on 30/43 blogs. This means I will have a total of six blogs to read in four days. Three of them are pretty low key and, as I already said, I have made progress on the two higher maintenance blogs. I'm pretty sure I can do it.
  7. Attach labels to 2010 posts. I published 46 posts in 2010. It shouldn't be so bad. I'm going to get started on them as soon as I get this post up.


  1. Wow, you've sure got a lot of goals to be working towards! Good job on your achieved goals! :)

    Glad to see I am not the only one keeping Chrysalis stuff alive. Woo!

    I have goals to achieve by New Year's too. One of them is finishing my NaNo novel.

    1. Really, they're mostly just a bunch of little things. As long as I keep a clear list, I'll remember to do them all. :)

      And I'm finishing my Camp NaNo novel so huzzah!

  2. Your blog would be more eye-catching if you were to embed your vlogs in it. Blogger makes it easy to do -- similar to embedding a picture.

    1. I do embed my vlogs sometimes, but I try to also be considerate of those with slow Internet connections. :)

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    1. I read a condensed version of it when I was younger so I have a vague idea over what it's about.

  4. When do you go to school? LOL. You are truly amazing. Good luck with all your goals.

    BTW, I should have the info for the HS short story contest soon. It's nationwide and there is a $$ prize for the winner and their school. And even though I'm judging this year, it's a blind judging so you should enter.

    1. Why thank you, Charity. :) And this is basically all I do whenever I'm not at school so...

      I think I entered the contest last time. I look forward to trying again.