Monday, November 12, 2012

NaNoWriMo 2012: The Sinking Ship

You know that old adage about a picture being worth a thousand words? Yeah, right about now, I wish that were true. I could use those words! The proof is the picture below. It's a screen cap of my NaNoWriMo stats to date. Ignore the "genre," it was the best I could do. So stats, impressive right?!


Yeah, don't answer that! I'm sure you're capable of reading a graph, but I'm going to point it out anyway, ready? Here goes: I am hopelessly behind. I will never catch up. I have no idea how this happened, since I don't have work or school. I literally have nothing else to do, except spend time with my husband (and right now he's only off one day a week, if he's lucky). Know what I'm doing instead? Hint, it's not cleaning my overwhelmingly dirty house. Mhmm, I'm playing WoW, capturing virtual animals for my collection.

So, I started thinking about whether I can catch up, or if I even want to, and I just don't know. I think the fact that I'm not really motivated to do it is getting in the way. Maybe I'll look at my document later and give it some serious thought, maybe I'll even write a word or two. What I won't be able to write is the 10,000 words, or whatever it is to catch up. Might make some progress thought. We'll see. Right about now I'm thinking my time would be better spent cleaning my house. Trust me on this one, if you saw it, you'd understand.

Yeah, think I might just go do that... right now.


  1. The part that says "At this rate you will finish on...December 28" made me laugh! Hey, at least it had you finishing it before 2013, right?

    Based on your sidebar, "Love's Daughter" is the novel you should be concentrating on! That's awesome how much progress you've made.

    So did NaNoWriMo completely capsize yet, or are you still going to try to finish?

  2. Yeah, those states surely have a way of making you feel motivated (I'm rolling my eyes). It has just made me want to run and hide.

    Oh and pretty sure it has completely capsized. It's even starting to rust at the bottom of my brain, where someday divers might go digging for treasure. Ha! No, but seriously, I'm way stuck on LD. Maybe I'll submit that one as my 50K for NaNo, now that would be cheating!

  3. Could it be that after all the writing you had to do in school and all the papers you had to grade when you were teaching, that you have temporarily burnt out and need a diversion? Not sure WoW is a good diversion, since it's so addicting, but if it works to rest your mind a little go for it. But, if it's compounding your frustration, maybe you should try something else? How about sewing? How about drawing? I know you like to draw and maybe you could do some illustrating for your book, until you are ready to write again. Who knows that may just be the thing to spark some creativity and ability to finish the book! Cleaning your house is always good and makes you feel better too! Love you!

  4. I think it's possible, mom. I've been writing and writing for so long that now that I don't have to, I don't seem to want to. It's not a good thing, I want to write, I just don't want to write. If that makes sense.

    The WoW thing is only a minior distraction for me. I play it on weekends, or a few hours in the evenings. I don't play it 20 hours a day like I use to. I think maybe I'll dig out my sewing stuff and see what I can do with that. That might be fun!