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My Surgery is Making Me Cut Back…

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If you’re a regular reader, you may have caught on that surgery is imminent for me. I’m having hip replacement surgery today.

For months, as the pain has increased, my productivity has tanked. When you’re in pain, simple tasks, like grocery shopping or making the bed, become huge undertakings, taking much longer than it should.

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I’ve been struggling to keep up with my blog. Frankly, it is apparent I can not keep up with my daily pace.

So I’m letting myself off the hook.

I’m not worrying about the month of July at all.

I already have posts scheduled for all the Sundays, Mondays, and Thursdays in July, so you’ll still be able to get your weekly From the Creator’s Heart, Monday Morning Wisdom, Video of the Week, and guest post. I’m just not up to hustling the original content: the Tuesday/Saturday articles, the Wordless Wednesday photos, the Friday memes. So, they’re gone for a while.

Once I’m off pain meds, I’ll start writing again, but I’ll concentrate on August and beyond (and my book projects).

So, please, bear with me. And send up a prayer to the Great Physician that my healing will be fast. Thanks!

NaNoWriMo Final Update 2015

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Total wordage: 43,866. Today’s words: 1155.

I’m 6134 words short of my goal of 50,000.

My average words per day were 1462, a couple hundred shy of the 1667 required to meet the goal, but significantly up from last year’s average of 940 words per day.

I might, if I have the opportunity and the energy, try for some more words tonight.

Or I might not. I’m ready for NaNoWriMo to be over.

What I learned: 1667 words a day is possible. I actually exceeded that number nine times this month. It’s just hard to keep it up 30 days in a row.

I’m glad I spent an advance month writing 30 pages of notes. It only took me so far, though.

I’m looking forward to doing it again next year. Next year I’m going to hit 50,000.

How did you do? Feel free to give your stats in the comments.

NaNoWriMo Update, Day 29

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Total wordage: 42,711. Today’s words: 1881.

I wrote the words “The End” today–not because I’m finished with this first draft, but because I knew what the epilogue had to be and wrote it today. I’m not really finished with the ending (got stuck), and the middle is a murky, confused mess, but I’ll deal with that later.

Chances are slim that I’ll make it to the desired 50,000 words tomorrow. But I’d really be pleased if I could hit 45,000. Nevertheless, I am 14,499 words past what I wrote last November. That’s progress, right?

NaNoWriMo Update, Day 28

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Total wordage: 40,830 words. Yay, I finally broke 40,000! Today’s words, 1285.

The ending is coming along. The middle is a mess. They tell me that’s typical for a first draft. I’d hate to be atypical.

NaNoWriMo Update, Day 27

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Total wordage: 39,545. Today’s words: 1250.

NaNoWriMo Update, Day 26

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Total wordage: 38,295. Today’s words: only 460, but I really didn’t expect to get a chance to write at all, since we hosted Thanksgiving for three of our kids today. Another blessing to thank God for. Happy Thanksgiving to all the NaNo-ers.

NaNoWriMo Update, Day 25

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Total wordage: 37,825. Today’s words: 2203.

It’s true–if the middle is giving you trouble, it helps to skip ahead and work on the ending. Today I solved a huge problem–I figured out how my antagonist is going to get past a very effective gatekeeper.