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?
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.
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!
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.
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 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!