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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.

NaNoWriMo Update, Day 24

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Total wordage: 35,632. Today’s words: 999.

Skipped folk dancing for the third Tuesday in a row, hoping to be super productive and get a lot written. Didn’t do nearly as much as I’d hoped.

NaNoWriMo Update, Day 23

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Total wordage: 34,633. Today’s words: 1821.

Here’s my villain’s backstory:

I grew up in blue collar family. My father was a plumber. He worked all the time to provide for our family, long hours, evenings, weekends. My mother ran an in-home day care, always taking care of other people’s kids before me. My father died when I was fifteen.

When I was in high school, I decided I wouldn’t work myself to death like my father did. I wanted a job where people work for you. I decided I had to go to college and get myself an MBA.  I didn’t want to hit the books all the time, so I devoted myself to basketball. I reasoned that if I were the best basketball player that I could be, I could get a full ride.

It turned out to be a good strategy, at least for a while. I got an athletic scholarship to Purdue. But in my junior year, I had a bad injury that ended my varsity days, and I lost my scholarship. I couldn’t afford the mega-bucks tuition.

Because of the pain of my injury, I got hooked on oxycontin. After my prescription ran out, I had to find a different source. Those guys always had the best rides, the nicest clothes, you know what I mean? I began rethinking my career goals.

I didn’t need a degree to run a thriving business. I just had to give people what they want. And be fearless. The guys on the street call me Wesson, as in Smith & Wesson. I do whatever it takes.

But first I ditched the oxy. That stuff will kill you.

NaNoWriMo Update, Day 22

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Total wordage: 32,812 Today’s words: 1068

It’s hard to keep up the pace of 1,667 words daily for a whole month. Especially the month that has Thanksgiving in it.

The story has gotten so complex that I don’t know how it is going to come together. I just have to write parts of the story even if I don’t know where they go or how they figure in. That will come during the rewrite phase. Or so they tell me.

One thing I did today was write a few characters’ backstories in their own words. Here’s Spud’s:

            I grew up in Philly. It wasn’t a great place. My parents were heavy into the drug scene. I smoked weed starting when I was little. They’d give it to me instead of food. It’s what they had. They kept the hard stuff for themselves.

When I was fourteen, I saw my parent get killed. They were negotiating a drug deal, and the pusher didn’t like their terms so he wasted them. I couldn’t go to the police because I was wanted for a robbery where someone got shot. I wasn’t the shooter, but I was there, so I’m an accessory.

I figured my best bet was to get as far away from Philly as possible. So I started hitchhiking, and I ended up here. I figured I was pretty invisible here.

Someone turned me on to Square World. They have a lot of rules here. You can’t do this, you can’t do that, you have to do whatever they assign you. At first, I wasn’t gonna put up with that. Then, for the heck of it, I tried it for one day. And then another. Surprisingly, it’s not that bad.

One day, I saw this girl get the crap beat out of her. She was hurt really bad, bleeding, strung out. That could have been me, you know? So I took her to Square World. They told me she was my responsibility until she could hold her own. Then, she had to live by the rules or she was out.

She was a fighter. And not in a good way. She fought everybody who tried to help her. She wanted out, she wanted to go back to her old life, even if it killed her. It was all she knew. But I knew if she went back, she’d die young. So I stuck it out.