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.