Post-Nanowrimo Update: Last three chapters online

That's me! :)

That’s me! 🙂

Now that Nanowrimo is over, I can do useless things like watch TV and do laundry (actually, I managed to do both of these things while I was doing my Nanowriting). It also means I can start my Christmas Movie Bonanza–the annual event when Tord and I overload on our favorite Christmas movies like Elf, the Holiday, Surviving Christmas, the Preacher’s Wife and Love, Actually. And we drink glögg (Swedish for mulled wine).

Now, for those of you who’ve been following Laney, Mads & Niklas’s story, you can now read the last three chapters of Maybe Baby. Please remember it’s still really, really rough. And there are still plot holes–already thinking of ways to correct them. Hope you enjoy the rest of the story. It’ll  be online until the end of the month. After that, I’ll start a new page to keep you updated on the revision status of Maybe Baby and when I hope to make it available.

Also, this month, I’m trying to raise money to donate to Stockholms Stadsmision, an organization here in Stockholm that helps women and children in need, the homeless, and substance abusers who are trying to recover. If you buy a copy of  The Melanie Chronicles (ebook or print version) or Linger: a short story (Kindle-only), all the profits for the month of December will be donated to the mission.

Happy First Advent! 🙂

Nanowrimo Day 28 Update: Closing in on the end & Chapter 9 online

So this is it–I have until Friday night to complete Nanowrimo and I am nearly done. I only have to write 2700 more words.  I could probably finish tonight if I have the energy, but I don’t want to stress myself.  I’ll just let the words come out in their usual fits and starts until they flow more easily.

I won’t say this has been an easy Nanowrimo experience. There have been mornings when I wake up and I am still too tired to write (and it definitely shows) but I force myself to do it anyway. And then I wonder why I can’t keep this same momentum all year. I used to be a more disciplined writer. When I was working on my MFA, I always made sure I had an hour or two to write. When I first moved to Sweden, I made sure I wrote everyday. I think I went through a period of trying to adjust to a new culture, a new language and the crazy winter darkness here–takes some getting used, I assure you–and the next thing I knew months had gone by and I hadn’t written a single word on the first novel I tried to write. I joined a writers group, started 3 novels, finished one. Still felt like I wasn’t getting anything done.

And then Rebecca Foreman told me about Nanowrimo. The first year, I finished one day late. The second year, I faltered. Ditto all the other years I tried…until 2011, when I finished a day ahead of schedule. Now it’s 2012, and it looks like I’ll be a day ahead of schedule again.

By the way, Chapter 9 is online in all its unedited glory.

Happy reading (and writing)!

Nanowrimo Update Day 25: 41.5K words and Chapter 8 online now

Last night while making a turkey for my belated Thanksgiving dinner, I worked on Maybe Baby. After we finished eating and then watching an episode of Big Bang Theory, I continued working on my NaNoNovel. And now, I have crossed into the home stretch: I have written 41,500 of the 50,000 words necessary to complete Nanowrimo. If I can stay on track, I will finish on 28 November. That is my goal this year–to finish slightly ahead of schedule.

I am pleased that I’ve managed to be so disciplined. I am usually a lazy writer in that I write in fits and spurts. I force myself to get up at 6 AM every weekday morning and sometimes I manage to write, other mornings I edit or try to revise. There are those mornings when I am just too tired and I end up reading celebrity gossip on TMZ.com or I stare at the screen as I try to read Huffington Post through sandy eyes. I don’t get much done. Some mornings only 200 words emerge. On a good morning I will have written close to 1000 words before it’s time to take a shower and head to work. But then it’s time for Nanowrimo and I always get at least 500 words written before it’s time to go to work. And then I come home after work and write (and don’t stop writing) until I reach my daily goal of 1600+ words.

And…before I forget…Chapter Eight is now online! Go to my Nanowrimo 2012 page and you can continue following Laney’s story.

Nanowrimo Update Day 23: I passed the 38K mark and Chapter 7 is now online.

Yesterday turned out to be a good day, despite starting off with not feeling well. Sometime around midday I was beginning to feel like my old self again and that’s when I began answering work emails and writing. I took a break at around 2 PM and had a very late lunch and forced myself outside (and out of my pajamas) to get some fresh air. I took my MacBook Air (it goes by the name of Zuzu, just like George Bailey’s daughter in It’s a Wonderful Life), went to a local café and wrote a bit more. When I came home, I wrote while cooking dinner. I wrote while watching True Blood and New Girl. And then it happened–by 9:30PM I’d finally crossed into the land of 38K. By 10PM, I’d written 38,416 words. I am now less than 12,000 words away from completing Nanowrimo.

So, with that in mind, I bring you Chapter 7–the one with the clunky beginning. Heck, maybe the entire chapter is clunky. As I reread all of the chapters, I see the things I need to fix. It’s the same with this one, but I hope you enjoy it. 🙂

To my American readers, belated Thanksgiving tidings! Hope you stuffed yourselves with plenty of turkey, candied sweet potatoes and cranberry sauce. I will enjoy my turkey tomorrow and Sunday. 🙂 And don’t get pulled into the Black Friday hype unless you really think you’re getting an exceptional deal. Usually, those very same items are on sale again in a few days at roughly the same price. Trust me, I know. I used to work in retail in the US.

Happy reading (and writing)!

 

Nanowrimo Update Day 20 & Chapter 6 is online

Yesterday, I crossed the 35,000-word threshold! I can hardly believe it myself. When I first began writing Maybe Baby, there were days when I wasn’t sure I’d even be able to cross the 10,000 or 15,000-word mark because I was exhausted from putting in a full day at work and my brain just felt mushy. Yes, there were days when my brain was more akin to a bowl of polenta. And it wasn’t pretty.

This is when I should coast into the final 15,000 words. Technically, I could take it easy and not really care about tying up loose ends. I could leave Laney in limbo and just shelve this until the spring or summer, but I won’t do that at all. I want resolution for Laney. I want her to make her decision. I also want Eddy to figure out how to solve her romantic problems. Besides, you’re probably wondering if Niklas is going to be a little more proactive about trying to get Laney to choose him. Or if Mads will do or say something that makes Laney decide he really is the one. Or maybe she chooses neither,  suddenly decides to alter her plan and  get artificially inseminated and be a single mother? Well, how would we ever find out if I coasted? So no coasting and no shelving. I will write this to completion and then revise.

By the way, Chapter Six is online now. Chapters 1-5 are also still available.

Happy reading (and writing)!

Nanowrimo 2012 Update — Day 16

Today is a quickie since I am trying to reach my target word count. I was a little too quick in taking down Chapter 3 so I’ve reposted it together with Chapter 4. Sorry for being a bit too hasty! 🙂

I’m closing in on 26,000 words. I need to reach 26,666 words tonight. I’m already at 25,462–though I have to say that Chapter 7 is getting off to a really crappy start. I am telling myself not to care–just keep writing and fix it later. So I warn you, when I finally post Chapter 7 it will be a clunker.

But that’s the beauty of Nanowrimo–you’re writing quick and dirty. You just get the words out and you don’t care if they’re not your most magnificent. You don’t care if the sentence syntax is screwy. You write, you drink coffee, you sleep, you write some more. And on 1 December–if you’re lucky, you rest and tell yourself to start the revision process in a few weeks.

Anyway, it’s time for me to go back to writing!

Ciao!

Nanowrimo 2012 Update: Chapter Four Online and My Nano Progress

So it’s Day 15 of Nanowrimo and I am closing in on my daily word count target. When I reach it I will have written 25,000 words. That’s right–I will be halfway through Nanowrimo! Am I excited? Damn straight! I love the feeling of accomplishment that I get when I am on par every day. I love watching my story unfold without being hindered by my evil inner critic–and my inner critic is really bitchy and mean. I love it when–just before I fall asleep–I figure out where I want the next day’s writing to go. Ah…Nanowrimo is wonderful. That’s all I can say.

Now, if you want to follow my progress, go to my Nanowrimo 2012 page. You can read Chapter Four in all its unedited and unrevised glory. Laney’s getting herself into trouble…:)

Happy reading (and writing)!

 

 

Nano Update Week 3–Crossed the 25K Threshold

I did it! I crossed the 25000-word threshold! I am still behind in my word count but I have written enough so that I’ve shaved off two of the four days I’d fallen behind schedule. Last night, I wrote over 3250 words total. The night before I wrote 2500 words. I want to make it to 30000 or more words by Sunday. If I write at least 2000 words per day between now and then I will have 31000 words. I could probably write more, I am getting to an interesting part of the story.

And what’s that? Well, a snowstorm is blowing in from Canada. Mia and Jake are getting closer…and now Evan, the married ex-, has called and said he’s on his way. Will Mia’s newfound resolve falter when she sees him again?