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NaNoWriMo is Slowly Beating Me to Death

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I’m almost ashamed to show my face here (metaphorically, of course). I’ve been very lazy about tending to any of my social media and am now turning to it only as a means of procrastination. I must say, NaNo is kicking my butt this year.

I’m no newb to National Novel Writing Month. I’m even the Municipal Liaison for my region! And I don’t know what it is, but I’m just not getting in gear the way I have in past NaNos. I set out to write a fairy tale a day and became quickly bored with that. I decided to work instead on a novel I had planned out several years ago, that has a strong skeleton, but very little meat. I even more quickly realized I couldn’t think of anything to write for it. So I decided to try my hand at a historical fiction set in my hometown that I had done a TON of research on a few summers ago, but that flopped just as quickly. So now I’m on to writing new scenes for my novel which I finished for NaNoWriMo last year and have been working on the second draft for. Hopefully that will carry me the rest of the way to 50k words.

I know that I am no longer even close to writing a novel for National NOVEL Writing Month, but at least I’m writing at all. I’m using the deadline to force myself to write, no matter what I write about.

I’ve been consistently a day or so behind my word count, but I’ve never fallen excessively behind. So that’s something. I just need to get the motivation to crank out a ton of words so that I don’t have to kill myself in the final days of the month.

As of now, I’m officially halfway through the 50k and only a day behind in my word count. I’d say that deserves some hot chocolate with rum, yes? Anyway, the whole reason I’m posting this in the first place is to make myself feel less guilty for not working on my NaNo. Thanks  for listening to my rant!

I guess that’s all I really have to say. To make myself feel even less guilty for procrastinating, I’ll throw in a plug for my Seeds of Inspiration! If you, like me, are struggling with your word count this NaNo, a Seed of Inspiration is just what you need to get the creative juices flowing again! Check them out at Tiny Octopus Designs.

P.S. I got over 400 words out of this post. Wish those could count for my NaNo!

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Seeds of Inspiration

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After a long, lazy summer of being a newlywed, I’ve finally gotten back on the art horse and started a new line of sculptures in preparation for the upcoming noveling season of NaNoWriMo. As a participant, I know that during November I like to have a little trinket or totem of some sort to keep with me when I write. One year it was a necklace. One year it was a little resin pumpkin. This year I thought I’d make myself something to cheer me up and cheer me on while I make my crazy sprint towards 50,000 words.

What I came up with were the Seeds of Inspiration! I made myself two, Peanut and Perry, and decided it would be fun to make an entire line of them to sell for NaNo. They won’t be released in my shop for a few weeks until I’ve built up my stock, but I wanted to let you know they’re on their way!

So here are a few little preview pictures!

Keep an eye out for the upcoming release of my line of Seeds of Inspiration on Facebook and Etsy!

On the Verge of a Novel

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National Novel Writing Month is creeping up on me and I don’t know if I’m excited or terrified! I’ve been funneling all of my artistic energies into commissions and making pieces for my shop that I completely forgot to be outlining and planning my 50,000 word novel for November!

If you have never heard of NaNoWriMo then head over to their site and take a look around. It’s a month long marathon of writing with 50,000 words as the finish line. That’s 1,667 words a day! This year I’m going to be writing about a culture that wears masks ALL the time and a series of murders that take place therein. The culture and religion are more fleshed out than the actual plot or characters so I’ve got to get some serious work done if this thing stands a chance. I also might work on a few other novel ideas during the month to make it to 50k. I’ll be keeping you updated!

As far as TOD is concerned, I recently mailed out two pieces and finished commissions for three more. I have a tiger who is orange but stripeless and a bat with a skull mask and legs that will be striped black and orange to look like tights waiting patiently to be finished on my desk. I also have all kinds of ideas floating around in my head that I should be writing down. Hopefully this weekend will see another serge of production and you can all be really impressed with my work ethic. 😉

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