I’m really sorry I haven’t done any progress updates until now. But you’ve gotta understand, right? I mean, I’ve done 8k in three days. If that doesn’t give me an excuse not to blog then I don’t know what does.
Let’s stop being negative, shall we? NaNoWriMo is amazing. I am amazing. I have managed to pick myself up from a disastrous start (okay, it could have been worse, but still) and I am now powering (I hope) my way to 50k. If I can continue to do at least 3k each night until Thursday, I should hit 50k in plenty of time.
Just look at my amazing, incredible, outstanding, perfect, shiny, promising graph. And bow down to my excellence.
The only thing I regret is having work tomorrow. If I didn’t, I would get that extra 900 words done now and hit the line, on top of the blog post I’m now writing. (Speaking of which, why the hell can’t these words count towards my total, eh?)
Tomorrow, I’m going to hit the line. And then the next day, I’m going to sail above it. And so on, until the weekend, when… well, things will flatline again, unfortunately. I actually have a party to go to on Saturday (family stuff, that is – not a house party) and don’t anticipate I’ll get much writing done during the day. And then, on Sunday, I have a daytrip in the afternoon and a gig in the evening, and I’m not even sure if I’ll have my laptop with me. Worst. Timing. Ever.
Thankfully, the 30th November is on the Monday. So what, it’s my first day at my new job? If I need to, I will stay up until midnight that night (like I have done tonight) just to try and get as many words done as possible. Let’s just hope I don’t come down with the flu or something.
I am currently writing the fourth story, which is story #6 in the sequence. I finished story #4, and wrote the whole of story #8 (#4’s twin) straight afterwards. Story #4 came out at a whopping 18k, while story #8 totalled about 3k. I’m so proud but also so embarrassed of both of them; they’re so badly written and quite rushed. Story #2, the second one I wrote, is still my favourite so far. But we’ll see how the remaining ones I manage to fit in turn out!
Here’s my rough progress, then:
- 1. “Japan”, 5k
- 2. “An Army of Elves”, 10k
- 4. “Fairy Tales”, 18k
- 8. “Lyte After Death”, 3k
Because I finished it so quickly, here’s a 100-word excerpt of story #8. I’ll be back soon with another update. Wish me luck at hitting 50k!
Lyte After Death
Some say that lytelings take the souls from those who want to die. It’s guessed that there are rifts visible in the places on earth where people have ended their lives, and the lytelings travel through and take the souls of those before they pass over.
Some say that lytelings take the souls from those who died from illnesses, to give them second chances. But personally, I feel that those with illnesses probably wouldn’t thrive as much as the lytelings need. I mean, who would want an unwell soul? Who would want to be someone who had been dying from a terrible disease, or whatever else?
What I think, Grampy, is that lytelings only take the souls of those who have lived full, happy lives. Because, then, the lytelings who the souls are given to also live long and happy lives.