NaNoWriMo Day 4

The Words: 2600 words total for the day, and I broke 10k words!

I have a good feeling that most of my writing this month will be similar to what it’s been so far, doing most of my writing in sprints alongside my daughter at whatever time of the day we can fit it in together, then maybe doing some more by myself in the evening to get the rest of my words. She insisted I check the @NaNoWordSprints feed on Twitter several times, as she likes doing sprints with them too, but again today, they were between sprint leaders the entire time we were writing.

The Story: Things finally started flowing a little better today, though I did have a couple of moments where I veered off course due to trying to pump out words during a sprint, only to realize that what I was writing wouldn’t work for later parts of the story. Normally I don’t mind going off-outline, but there are some specific things that have to happen the right way for this story to work, and none of the ways I was getting off track were particularly ground-breaking, so they weren’t worth pursuing.

Total word count: 10,137

If you want to join me in my journey through the second year of NaNoToons (with a storyline), check out the NaNoToon from November 4, 2011!

October in Review

I read 8 books last month, which is more than I expected it to be by halfway through when I’d only finished a couple of books. I was a bit busier with work last month. This month is NaNoWriMo, and I’ve already slowed down even more on reading, so we’ll see how next month turns out.

Here are the books I read in October:

Library of Souls by Ransom Riggs (4 / 5)
Night Song by Tricia Goyer (4 / 5)
Fan Fiction by Brent Spiner (3 / 5)
Nightmare Academy by Frank Peretti (5 / 5)
The Cat Who Played Post Office by Lilian Jackson Braun (5 / 5)
Skylark by Patricia MacLachlan (5 / 5)
Once Upon a Wardrobe by Patti Callahan (3 / 5)
Poison at the Pump by Chris Brack & Sheila Seifert (review pending)

This list includes 2 ARCs and 1 re-read. My favorite book from October (that wasn’t a re-read) was The Cat Who Played Post Office. I started 0 series (for once), continued 4 series, and finished 1 series. My ever-changing short list of to-be-reads, as well as a flag for the book I’m currently reading and an ongoing list of those I’ve read and posted about can be found here.

I’m also keeping my Goodreads page updated with a more extensive list of to-be-reads. Despite my almost too-long TBR list, I’m always looking for more to add. Feel free to offer suggestions of your favorites or just recent reads you enjoyed.