Day 19 of NaNoWriMo

I was off for a few days this week and then succumbed to the cold that everyone else had last week, hitting me like a brick on Wednesday night and then pushing me into bed with some DayQuil and a box of tissues for a couple days.

In between naps and tea and hurtling kittens, I managed to write. As I reported to the NaNoWriMo folks I was mainly writing by obsessively checking my word count and watching the bar chart go up and the daily words needed to finish go down. That last happens slowly but down it went. Most of this bit of progress happened in two hundred word chunks.

So tonight I watched the counter tip over thirty thousand words and felt really good about it. And I get to blame the DayQuil for all the typos, right?

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Then and Now – Gettysburg and Beyond

Looking back,I first posted these words here in 2015 after an incident in Baltimore triggered violence and looting. I reposted them two years later, a month after this president took office and thinking about what it means to be American and what is worth fighting for.

Today is the anniversary of those words being said overlooking the battlefields of Gettysburg. Two minutes that sum up what is worth fighting for and why we must continue to fight for what we believe.

Four score and seven years ago our fathers brought forth on this continent, a new nation, conceived in Liberty, and dedicated to the proposition that all men are created equal.

Now we are engaged in a great civil war, testing whether that nation, or any nation so conceived and so dedicated, can long endure. We are met on a great battle-field of that war. We have come to dedicate a portion of that field, as a final resting place for those who here gave their lives that that nation might live. It is altogether fitting and proper that we should do this.

But, in a larger sense, we can not dedicate — we can not consecrate — we can not hallow — this ground. The brave men, living and dead, who struggled here, have consecrated it, far above our poor power to add or detract. The world will little note, nor long remember what we say here, but it can never forget what they did here. It is for us the living, rather, to be dedicated here to the unfinished work which they who fought here have thus far so nobly advanced. It is rather for us to be here dedicated to the great task remaining before us — that from these honored dead we take increased devotion to that cause for which they gave the last full measure of devotion — that we here highly resolve that these dead shall not have died in vain — that this nation, under God, shall have a new birth of freedom — and that government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the earth.

Abraham Lincoln
November 19, 1863

Day Three of NaNoWriMo Focus

Hit the minimum word count third day in a row and still have a long way to go to catch up but more importantly – MY MAINS GOT MARRIED!!! Phew, felt like it would never happen. Had a nice chat with Lizette from the Sunday night NaNoWriMo group and talked about the mushy-not-sure-what-happens-here situation which was helpful. Thanks Lizette!

Progress at last

The time has come for the big wedding. (Yes there is a gap just ahead of that but I’m working on it!)

That NaNoWriMo thing…

I’ve become that person, regularly pasting my words into the validator to spur me on to new words. My goal at the moment to get the words/day needed to “win” down to a believable number. I blame the world series and my uncertainty of what it will take to win over my main’s mother from whatever the heck her problem is. I gave myself a stern talking to this morning on the way to work – you might not know what’s about to happen but you know the characters probably do. So let them figure it out and stop worrying. After that, I had a couple thoughts about (not how to fix everyone’s problems) several very nice things that could happen next and said “self – you should start writing that’. I made a couple very short notes on PAPER – and that’s what I’m writing tonight. #atstarbucks. #letsdothisthing

Impossible is a word only to be found in the dictionary of fools. — Napoleon Bonaparte

Word Count Games

One of the things I love about NaNoWriMo is word counting. Yes it is scary when you fall behind but I find that counting the words whenever I stop for a pause or thinking or staring off into space is a great motivator. Love to see those words stack up!

Looking at it this way, you can see that even though I had a slow start (darn world series – this november baseball thing has to stop!) it’s more than possible to catch up, in fact it even adjusts the daily goal I’d need to hit to get to the goal of 50K by November 30. No excuses.

Write on friends!

It Doesn’t Suck…

In 2011, a friend encouraged me to check out NaNoWriMo – you should do it! – and I was checking it out, realized I needed a free account to see how it really worked, did that and while I became enamored of all the bar charting and statistical side of the writing process, my go-to word processing and code writing software popped up a message telling me there was an update.

Sure, go ahead and do that, I clicked.

About the time that I sat back thinking – I have no idea what I’d ever write 50,000 words about – BBEdit finished installing and unlike any other update it had done to that point, it opened a new blank window.

I looked at it and began to write. And a few weeks later I had accumulated 50000 words and won!

If I ever get to write a “thank you for your support” page for my book(s), I will be including BBEdit because I just love these guys and their software. It’s easy to use and straightforward. Being a text editor means I don’t get tied up with how it looks, how big the margins and tabs are etc etc. I just write. I can do global search and replace. I can click on a word and see how it’s distributed throughout my document.

Thank you Barebones guys for BBEdit. My novel thanks you. My websites thank you. And I thank you. And I thank you for continuing on with updating this fine software.

And we never had this conversation: