Posted on November 28, 2012 by run4joy59
Yep, I finally managed to complete my 50,000+ words for the month of November. I had meant to sit down for 3 sessions today, but ended up not getting any writing done at all. Then I sat down at around 6 pm and knocked out around 5000 words. And it was actually a really good stopping place. There are several more scenes I want to add. I kind of left out about two years of that little boy’s life. My plan is to have that novel be about the first five years of his life, then write the next one encompassing his growing up years. Hey, it’s good to have a plan, right?
I feel a sense of accomplishment and, yes I’ll admit it, relief that I finished. A big sigh of relief. Now maybe I can clean my house. Because when you’re working so many hours six days a week, then writing almost every night, something has to give. For me, that was housework. So I have some catching up to do. Too bad I didn’t do a better job training those crazy cats to clean house. They may not be much on housework, but they do like their basketball…Scout joined me watching the big game last night. And yes, for any of you out of touch with college basketball…the Indiana Hoosiers won once again! Oh yeah!
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Posted on November 27, 2012 by run4joy59
Bits of Me… Stacked (Photo credit: smittenkittenorig)
Ahh…yes, less than 5,000 words to go! This has been a challenge, more so because of the time of year the challenge has taken place than the actual writing itself. Not that I’m saying the writing has always been easy, but sitting down to write after working 12 hours adds another layer of difficulty to it. But I’m just about there. So close…Tomorrow is going to be the day, I can feel it in my bones…or maybe that’s just exhaustion I’m feeling in my bones, my muscles, my brain…nope, nope…it’s the approach to the finish line I’m experiencing!
And for anyone who was curious, concerned, or just plain interested…the zone vice president didn’t stop by our store for a visit after all. And the thing is, we were looking really good…and at this time of year, that doesn’t last long. One day is all it takes to sell out an entire side counter and then have to figure out what to fill it with…So yeah, I was maybe a little disappointed and a little relieved…but there’s always the next time~~
Now, who’s ready for some Hoosiers basketball???
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Posted on November 26, 2012 by run4joy59
hold-a-meeting (Photo credit: bettyx1138)
I’d only been home from work for a short period of time when the closing manager called me to tell me that our district manager had called him and said that he was picking up our zone vice president at the airport tomorrow morning and that they would most definitely be coming to our store…yikes! Wish me luck, I need a good visit.
I was pacing back and forth, nervous…then decided to sit down and write anyhow. I’m glad I did. I somehow managed to write enough to get me over 44000 words!
I don’t really have a lot to say, very nervous about the visit tomorrow, ready to be finished with my NaNo challenge…going to try to get a little sleep tonight. Hopefully I won’t be awake tossing and turning all night tonight.
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Posted on November 25, 2012 by run4joy59
IMG_0859 (Photo credit: OkayCityNate)
After working another long day today, I came home, did a few things around the house, then sat down to watch my Indiana Hoosiers play a little bball (yes, they did win…not even close). I had already started writing before the game came on, did a little more during halftime, then finished it up after the game ended. Finished the day with over 2000 words. I’m starting to think I’ll be able to finish on Wednesday, my one day off work. (Hmm…unless we get a visit from one of the bigwigs, then I may not get a day off work…oh well, I’ll deal with that if and when it happens…no need to obsess about something that may not even happen, right?)
The writing was pretty easy again today, maybe because this is a scene I’ve played over and over in my mind. Anyhow, I’m definitely going to hit that magical 50,000 word count mark in the next few days. Ahh…and then I think I’ll sleep for a day or two!
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Posted on November 24, 2012 by run4joy59
English: DC USA, Target, Black Friday (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
Today was another wild and crazy day at work…ya just gotta love retail the weekend after Thanksgiving!! But we’ve almost made it through the busiest weekend of the year. Of course, next weekend will be busy too. And the weekend after that…But I’m starting to get a glimpse of that light at the end of the tunnel…The district manager stopped by for a visit again today. Thankfully, he said we looked good, everything is full and things are going well. So, maybe just maybe, this will be a good thing for my future with the company. Keep your fingers crossed, okay?
I was so tired when I got home last night that I couldn’t write one single word. But I think I kind of made it up tonight…almost 3000 words…and some decent stuff, I think. The stomach-churning kind of good, if you know what I mean. What I’m writing right now is really one of the biggest, most emotionally draining scenes in the entire book…I’ve thought about this for quite some time so it’s nice to actually get it underway. It’s not finished, not by a long shot, but I’ve got it sounding the way I’ve imagined it…and that has put a smile on my face.
I hope everyone had a nice Thanksgiving. Started your shopping yet???
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Posted on November 20, 2012 by run4joy59
nanowrimo, goal day 20 (Photo credit: paloetic)
Seriously, I had a good day of writing today. It was one of those days when the writing is easy, words form without a lot of effort, you don’t have to give it a lot of thought. And I ended up with a little over 2000 words, still have that little cushion to help me as I continue working toward that 50,000 word count.
Once I finally got out of bed today, I forced myself to make the trek to Kroger to purchase a few more things for our Thanksgiving work feast…bottled water, bottled tea, soda, chips, candy, snack cakes and crackers, and a big old spiral sliced ham (which I did bake this evening…the house sure smells good). I dropped everything off at work where young Chris told me the district manager had called for me. So I meandered toward the office, talking with customers on the way. When I called Steve, he told me we had a conference call scheduled for this afternoon and wanted to know how things were going. We chatted for a few minutes then parted ways, he to make the trip to Illinois, me to check on the schedule…another call-in to try to find a replacement for. I got all of that taken care of, added a few more shifts to use up the hours that I had left over, gathered all of the requests-off and schedule info so I could work on the schedule at home later in the day.
Then I went back to Kroger, the one closest to where I live, to pick up a few things I needed for home. I finally made my way home with half an hour to spare before the conference call got underway. After participating in the 40 minute conference call, I got the ham in the oven, laundry in the washer, dish water run, and finally sat down to eat something. After working on the schedule for a while, I did a couple more things around the house then decided to get down to the business of writing.
Whew! One of my work buddies told me I looked tired…hmm…I wonder why?! What a great day off! What did you do today?
- NaNoWriMo. Round Three. Write! (oldvictorianquill.wordpress.com)
- NaNoWriMo 2012 – Day 20 (joehinojosa.wordpress.com)
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Posted on November 19, 2012 by run4joy59
English: Indiana Hoosiers logo (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
Another twelve-hour work day…and still didn’t get everything done that I wanted to do…but then, when do any of us ever manage that, right? I’m scheduled off tomorrow, but I’ve been debating whether or not I should go in for a few hours…If I do, I won’t have another day off until the middle of next week. I need to work on the schedule, but I can do that from home. And I sure would like to sleep in…no alarm clock, no leaving the house in the dark and coming home in the dark. I’ve almost convinced myself to take the day off. I’m going in at 5 am Wednesday, working with my downstocking team, going home to take a nap, then coming back in around sixish to make sure the ad gets set completely and correctly. So…a day off tomorrow? I sure would like it! What to do? What to do?
I’ve been so tired after working, that I’ve skipped a few days of writing here and there…still ahead of schedule on my NaNo novel…not by a lot, but still…I sat down to write tonight, planning to get in about 1000 words. I feel pretty good that I managed to write almost 1700 words, despite being tired, despite being stressed, despite being a little nervous about work. Writing somehow makes just about everything run a little smoother.
And now that my Indiana Hoosiers have won their game tonight, I’m giving some serious thought to heading upstairs to bed. ‘Night, all!
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Posted on November 17, 2012 by run4joy59
Thanksgiving Day Greetings (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
…and day 17 of NaNoWriMo. And what a wild day it was. We went in to work at 6 this morning. Yes, that was kind of like sleeping in for me. We got quite a bit done before opening, then it was nuts from the get-go (now where does that phrase come from? Guess I’ll have to google that one.). The good news is, I didn’t fall off of any ladders today!
After not writing at all yesterday, I knew I was going to have to spend a little time at it tonight. I’m not sure I managed to write anything worthwhile…no, let me change that. I’m pretty sure everything I wrote tonight was crap (that one’s for you, Simone). Seemed like I was just going through the motions to add to my word count…and that’s not cool.
I’m so glad I had those few days of intense writing when I was able to get ahead on the word count, because I know, for the next week, it’s going to be difficult to find much time to devote to it. But hey, that’s why I tried to jump out fast. I knew what the month would be like. I mean, after all, this isn’t my first rodeo.
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Posted on November 15, 2012 by run4joy59
Yep, that’s pretty much how I feel…worn out and ready for bed. Worked another 13 hour day today, trained three new hires, hired an art instructor and another replenishment associate…oh yeah…and fell off of a ladder. That’s right. You know, when you’re on a ladder you should really pay attention to how many steps off the floor you are. When you’re more than one step from the floor and you don’t realize it, well, unpleasant things tend to happen…like you (I) fall and almost pull the ladder over on top of you. Bruised ego, but that’s about it. At least we weren’t open yet, so no one saw my mishap. I sat down to write, thinking I’d try to write around 500 words. I ended up with a little over 1600, so I guess my brain must still be functioning (I know, I know…that’s debatable). Now to get to bed and hope I don’t wake up in the morning too stiff to move!!
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Posted on November 13, 2012 by run4joy59
Books to be returned… (Photo credit: hashmil)
Whew…I worked 13 hours today…talk about tired!! But I’ve got all the plans for next week set in place, schedule made and published, and what needs to be completed this week listed for the replenishment manager. And I have tomorrow off…thank goodness! Now we’re in our six-day work week time of the year…sigh…but it all goes by so quickly…it’ll be 2013 before we know it.
Now to the making deals part…I just couldn’t make myself write tonight…my eyelids are getting heavier and heavier even as I sit here writing. So, I made a deal with myself. Even though I have a lot to do tomorrow…you know how it is when you get a day off and you have to run errands and clean house (oh yeah, and try to sleep in), the deal I made with myself is that, since I’m too tired and sleepy to write tonight, I’ll skip writing tonight and sit down to three writing sessions tomorrow…I didn’t make any rules about how long each session has to be, you know how, often once you get started, you manage to write more than you thought you could. That’s what I’m counting on anyhow.
So now, since Dancing With the Stars is over, I’m heading up the stairs and climbing between the sheets…come on, Spook, let’s go!
- WriMo Days (uncombedcats.wordpress.com)
- NaNoWriMo #3 (sandiessnippets.wordpress.com)
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