Friday, October 28, 2011

What happened to October?

The roller coaster ride that was New Voices is nearly over, and the carriage is slowing as it enters the station. And thank heavens! I've never been good with roller coasters, since every high has an inevitable accompanying low.

October has been a month of mixed blessings. I didn't make the NV Top 21, but I did get a great deal of valuable feedback, and a massive injection of new hope. If you haven't already read my entry, I'd still appreciate comments on Once Upon a Time.

My twin, Rae Summers, also had an emotional month, with both a sale and a form rejection. She's whipping up a fresh batch of champagne cocktails as I type, so please feel free to take a glass and raise it with me in celebration of October's demise. The champagne will keep flowing to sustain us through the slog that is November, and this virtual bubbly has the advantage of no calories and no alcohol so you can have as much as you like.

I'm not doing Nanowrimo this year, but I'll be right there alongside those of you who do, as I have two half-finished novels that I'm desperate to type 'The End' on. See you on the other side!

Monday, October 3, 2011

Final September Challenge update

In the remaining few days of the September Challenge, I wrote an additional 2,169 words, bringing my grand total (if I calculated correctly!) to about 21,425 words.

Not too shabby, and better than none at all, but I really am quite cross with myself. I'm not going to use the day job or reading too many books as as an excuse, even though I did more reading this last month than I usually do, and the day job has been busy. Because life is always busy. And because life was busy in August too, yet somehow I managed to write just as many, if not more words then.

So here's hoping that October, without pressuring myself to meet any challenges, will be a prolific month.

On the plus side, I have two chapters and a pivotal moment, as well as a detailed synopsis, completed for Once Upon a Time, and When September Ends is now at 66k words, with only about another 20k to go to completion.

Thank you very much to Rachael, and everyone else who did the September Challenge, for helping me achieve this much.