Tuesday, November 11, 2008

Day 11

In which we are, in actuality, talking about Day 10 since we have not yet written a single word on Day 11. Other than these, of course. Which do not count since they are not in my story. Although if I cut and pasted this blog post and pretended that my main character was reading my blog... oh wait, the interwebs hadn't been invented in 1980. Damn!

As of yesterday, statistics show I am 47% of the way to my goal of 50K, with 23,506 words. Sounds good, doesn't it? Well, uh, there is one slight problem. I am, at most, only a third of the way through my story arc. And most of the action occurs in the final third. Ruh-roh!

Why is this a problem? Because not only am I gunning for word count, but the ultimate goal is to actually finish the damned thing this month. The last two words I want to type on Nov. 30th are 'The' and 'End'. At this rate, it ain't gonna happen. Time to stop describing the inside of the bus my main character rides to work and get down to bidness here!

In other news, I am coming down with a cold. I felt it coming on over the weekend but it finally confirmed its presence yesterday. I was concerned that feeling lousy would make it hard for me to concentrate and get into the story. Well, apparently that wasn't a problem - I ended up with 3400 words yesterday, my highest daily word count yet. As I told Mr B, they ain't all keepers, but the beauty of this madness is that they don't have to be. Hell, it's easy to succeed if the bar is set low enough.

On a happier note, last Saturday I donated $18.66 to The Office of Letters and Light in celebration of* the 18,661 words I "wrote" that first week. If I continue to feel crappy this week (and the phones at work stay slow) I should be able to top that this week.

If you have any spare change lying around, click on the Firstgiving button over on the left and throw a handful to the group responsible for this madness. I'd mightily appreciate it.

* Read: 'to apologize for'.

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