NanoWriMo – The Mid-Month Update

I’m happy to say I’m better than half-way through my NanoNovel.  This has proven to be a very good thing since I haven’t felt like writing much the past few days.  You see, I was laid off from my job last Friday and I’m still reeling from the blow.

The layoff wasn’t entirely unexpected; I had heard rumblings that it might be coming as early as August.  Still, you never really think it will happen to you, do you?  I know I didn’t.

It’s not all doom and gloom; I got a bit of severance and the job market here is still very strong AND I have a pretty good stock of experience and skills to draw from.  Even so, it’s a bit scary looking into the distance and seeing… nothing.

I’m one of those people who plans.  I plan holidays, purchases and payments.  To be missing something so central to my life as a job makes everything feel wrong and weird and… grey.  You’ll have to forgive me if I’m not quite firing on all cylinders.

Still, this is a great opportunity for me.  I’m home with kids in school and spouse at her job so I can actually spend some time writing.  I want to be a full-time writer, don’t I (rhetorical question), so why don’t I get ahead on some of those projects?

There really isn’t anything to stop me.  I’ve got my resumes out and a couple head-hunters working for me.  I’ve done the appointments that needed doing.  It’s time to prove to myself that I’ve got what it takes for that glorious day when I can write full-time (as my job:))

Enough side-tracking though.  Back to my Nano update.

Day 19 and all is well.  I’ve hit 35,000 words and I am moving along nicely… well, when I’m writing I’m moving along nicely.  Still, I don’t think I’ll have any trouble finishing up the 50K early.

I haven’t spent any time with the local Nano group.  That includes going online too, unfortunately.  I think I just need a year away to get a few things sorted out.

Not much of an update, I know, but there you are.

Other Personal Updates

Still no word back from Tundra regarding “Mik Murdoch” but I remain optimistic.  I received acknowledgment from Virginia at Bundoran Press that she received “Summer Camp Secrets” so I will wait to hear what she thinks about that.

I’ve been going through all the Critters comments on “Goddess Renewed”.  My favorite still has to be “you would be a fool not to get this published” :).  That is the sort of thing that keeps me going some days :).

Have a good week and wish me luck.



  1. Good to hear that NaNo is going well! I decided not to do it, because I wanted to finish my other novel first (which I did!) but I’m super impressed by everyone who is doing it. It’s also good to hear your optimism in these hard times – I say the harder things get, the more optimism we need!

  2. Thanks for your comments Emma. I can certainly understand wanting to get a big project done. Congratulations again. Finishing your novel is huge!

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