Half-Nano Update #3: Excuses, Excuses . . .

Couch Potato

Okay, okay, I confess.

After bragging last Tuesday about the word-surplus generated by my long weekend away, I’ve fallen behind on my Half-Nano goal this past week.

Like, by a couple thousand.

I’ve made notes, I’ve done a little research, but the actual writing down of new words on paper or pixels . . . not so much.

But I did find the time to jot down several excellent excuses reasons why I didn’t couldn’t find the time to write much else:

1. Things were busier at work than usual, so I spent my lunch hours librarianing,* instead of writing.

2. I helped transform the kid’s playroom from this:

Jane's Room Before 2

Into this, for Janie:**

Jane's Room After

We also cleared out the kids’ formerly-shared bedroom, which is currently being painted an interesting shade of Sunny’s Favorite Pink— about which more later—in the hopes that the children will be settled in their own rooms by Thanksgiving, so the living room won’t look like this when my parents arrive:

Living Room Mess2

3. I’m prepping to teach two lifesaving classes this week— this afternoon and next Monday—and the second one is the first time I’ve led a class instead of assisted, so I’m going over everything and hoping I don’t choke . . . at least, not until we get past that particular section.

4.There was a major sale at the bookstore, and I had a coupon. 

5.  Hey, did y’all see the last two episodes of Agents of SHIELD?  The series is getting pretty good.

6. Our church celebrated its 50th Anniversary yesterday, which took most of the afternoon and evening, and since the choir sits up front and the deacon has very sharp eyes, I wasn’t able to sneak in my notebook.

7.Watson bought the extended DVD of The Hobbit.

See? Not my fault.


O-kaaaay.  Fine.

Most of these wouldn’t have happened if I hadn’t tripped over my inner critic—who somehow wriggled free from the handcuffs, peeled off the duct tape, and picked the deadbolt from the inside of her cell—and did a total faceplant into editing mode Wednesday evening.

I’ve been wrestling with Ms. Critic ever since, but I’m wondering at this point which one of us should be wearing the straightjacket—that’s a rhetorical question, by the way, thank you.

So this week’s Nanowrimo Learning Experiences™ are as follows:

1. Never stop to re-read, even to see what you named a new character

2. The DVDs and DVR recordings will still be there on the first of December.

3. People will never grab their coupons and hightail it to the bookstore to buy your novel if you don’t finish it.

Now, if you’ll excuse me—pun more or less intended—I have to go teach a lifesaving class and then resuscitate my Nano-goal . . .


*Yes, it’s a perfectly legitimate word and fun to say—spell check and Merriam-Webster can both take a hike.

**I did the clean up and heavy lifting (with the help of my husband) and Watson did the painting.


13 thoughts on “Half-Nano Update #3: Excuses, Excuses . . .

    • I’m always so surprised to remember that, Downith—and stunned that there weren’t any stains under the rug!

      I had to peel up a thousand little sticky foam mosaic art squares from the pile, but that’s just parenthood, right?

    • Lovw the transformation in the kids room…can you come to my condo…lol. Great job with the goals even though life got in the way…l have to rewrite a scene from the short story…does rewriting count if you’re redoing a couple of scenes to make them more interesting…

      • I’ll tell you, Nancy, as satisfying as it is to see that nice clean room (for the first hour it stayed that way), I’m so sore from bending and lifting and dragging that I can’t even think about working on Sunny’s room!

        I think rewriting totally counts, unless it’s a Nano-thing. Writing a bad draft is sort of the point! 😀

    • You may be right, Mike, except for the excellent part. 🙂

      I’ll be working on this book for a while longer anyway, but I was hoping to at least get to the wedding by the end of the month.

      • l know that feeling….everything hurts when try to clean, etc. lt’s worth it when you get good results like that room. Short story rewrite makes more sense…should have done it that way first.

  1. That blue is the same color as my kitchen! Yay Janie!
    Oh yes, my dear, the distractions that need to be done. We do what we can when we can. That’s it. No excuses, just the life of a working mom.

  2. I don’t know. Those seem legitimate distractions to me. I actually do find it helpful to go back a little bit and re-read to remember where I have been and where I am going. However, I really work at not falling into the editing pitfall.
    I am very impressed by the clean up of the kid’s rooms. Our toy room always looked similar to that sort of disaster when I was a kid.

    • Thank you! I really appreciate the support! 🙂

      I can edit until the cows drag themselves up the driveway, but I keep telling myself that I need to have stuff to edit first. Doesn’t always help . . .

      Cleaning up that room is the equivalent of touching my toes seventy-million times. Ow.

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