Sunday, October 25, 2009

t - 7

In exactly one week I’ll be trying my hand (well, both for typing actually) at NaNoWriMo 2009. It will be my third attempt.

I did it two years ago and won. The second novel I’m working towards finishing for publication is the product of 2007. In 2008 many factors conspired against me and I wrote about 1,100 words and that was all - an utter failure.

Now it’s 2009 and I have my big Science Fiction novel all shined up and ready to crunch out in 1st draft. I’m hoping it will come in around 80,000 to 100,000 words and be a good length for general consumption.

My current novel, Typhoon Rising, (well, actually novelette), I’m working on now is only about 60,000 words - like “novels” of old (in the sixties) used to be, and loved, I may add. In today’s world, if you don’t hit 80,000 words minimum, almost nobody even wants to look at your manuscript, let alone publish it.

On the home front my daughter has had a running fever as high as 104.5 and only dropping to about 103 (despite the fever medications) for the past three days. I’m happy to report that this morning, after an actual sleep through the night without pumping her full of drugs, she is only sitting at a mild 102.

I’m pretty sure it’s not H1N1 since she has had only fever and nothing much else. Having a sick kid on your hands is stressful and tiring though, and this week’s writing has suffered for it.

However . . .

. . . this next week will see me finishing the last chapter of Typhoon Rising in second draft form, and writing a short horror story for our Halloween scary story night coming up this Friday.

Then, with a bunch of review on my next novel Saturday, and I will turning my brain and fingers over (starting early Sunday morning November 1st) to the process of writing an 80 to 100 thousand word first draft of my third novel; Terminal Radius.

I am hell bent to win NaNoWriMo 2009.

Wish me no cramps.

Until next Sunday . . .

1 comment:

  1. Zilla's Other Half4:20 pm

    I hope she's recovering well...fevers are no fun at any age and 104's a doozy.