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Sunday Update – November 22, 2015

Well, this was quite a week for me! I just looked back on my photos for this week in preparation for this post, and basically, all I see is writing. And that's such a good thing. I went many months this year not writing (revising or taking a break were high on my list) so it's fun to be back in the groove again. More on that this week when I take a look back at NaNoWriMo.

Speaking of NaNoWriMo, I won last night! I was so excited that I didn't get to sleep until after midnight. Lol. But I crossed the 50,000 words in November mark and validated my words, making me a “winner.” My husband asked me, “So you're the first?” “No. We're not competing against each other, we're just trying to cross the finish line.” “Oh.” He totally didn't get it. That's okay because I know how hard it is to get those words in in November, so I feel the win. I feel it.

What else happened this week?

Donation to the library book sale. It was nice to thin out my shelves. #dailyphoto #365days #ig2015 #bookstagram

I donated a huge box of books to the local library for their upcoming book sale. It felt good to get rid of all of these. Plenty were books I read once and knew I would never read again. Some were books I knew I would never read. And honestly, if I suddenly decided I needed them, I would buy it on Kindle. Lately, I feel weighed down by physical objects, like I'm being buried alive by “things,” so I was glad to see them go. Plus, I know these are going for a good cause, to support my local library, and someone else will hopefully buy them and read them.

Keeping track of my #NaNoWriMo progress! All is going well so far. #365days #ig2015 #dailyphoto #bookstagram #amwriting

I kept track of my NaNoWriMo words everyday, both on a calendar and in my planner. I'm going to continue to do this whenever I'm writing a first draft!

It's a book birthday! Chocolate mug cake to celebrate REVEALED's release today! Yum. Especially with tea. #bookstagram #dailyphoto #ig2015 #365days #books #booklover

Oh right. I had a book birthday on Wednesday! It was great to see REVEALED make it out into the world. This book was my 2012 NaNoWriMo project so it was fitting to publish it in November. I had some good pre-sales of this book and then only a few sales the day of. But it's interesting that I no longer care about my release days. I only care that I write and publish.

And 2016 all planned out. We'll see if I stick to this! This is a plan for 3 novels, 2 short stories, and 1 novella (with possibly more but not less). #books #365days #ig2015 #dailyphoto #bookstagram

I sat down and planned out 2016 on a master calendar. I plan to publish 3 books (2 cozy mysteries at the beginning of the year and 1 scifi book near the end), 2 short stories, and 1 novella (in a shared world project). Now it's possible these numbers could fluctuate, but right now I'm aiming to hit all of my goals.

And with this, I win #NaNoWriMo!! Woo!

And then this happened last night! I worked hard to hit a big goal yesterday and win NaNoWriMo! Woo! It was an amazing feeling to hit that goal.

Okay, it's time for me to get back to writing! Have a great week everyone!

2 thoughts on “Sunday Update – November 22, 2015”

  1. Yay congrats to winning NaNoWriMo! I am so excited for this book as I am only now getting into the cozy mystery genre and am really enjoying the genre so far. Your release schedule for next year sounds exciting and I can’t wait to read them.

    I am really horrible at throwing away books, I am a bit of a hoarder, even though I will likely never read it again or didn’t even like the book that much I have a hard time bringing myself to throw or give them away. Giving them away to your library definitely is a good cause.

    That mug cake to celebrate your release day looks yummy! I hope you have a great week!

    1. Yeah. I give them to the library and they turn around and sell them in their annual book sale. Then that money supports the library. I’m happy with that! It’s an all around good deal for everyone (and I will probably end up going to the sale and buying more books. Lol. The vicious cycle continues!)

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