• Ryanne Harper

NaNoWrimo: Week 3 Update

At this point in the game, I should be at roughly 33,000 words. You guys, I am nowhere close. It is appalling how far behind I am. Since last week's update, - remember last week when I was quite cocky about arbitrary word counts and not being overly concerned? Well, here we are. - I have managed to spend one day writing. Yesterday. And not even a respectable amount of a day. Like, two hours. I cranked out 2,000 words in that two hours, but that's not gonna cut it.

What had happened was, when we decided to embark on this endeavor, we made a vow to not take on any new clients, we weren't going to look at new manuscripts, basically no client work. Just the minimal social media client work and that's it. Hahahahahahaha! Hilarious.

You guys, we're so cute. Since making that promise to ourselves, I have had four meetings with existing clients, completely disregarded the no new books rule - oh, by the way, Hazel Lee has a Christmas book. We're doing a very limited print run, so get it while you can - I designed the cover for the next Lynx & LeRoux book. Well, technically, the one after the next. Our Christmas book cover has been designed for ages, well before the book itself was written. I have scoped out, moved in to, and restocked a booth at Rags 'n Roses Collective in Greenwood. Jessica and I attended Ozark Book Con, which required a ton of prep work, and I have attended a triple author signing. So, yeah, I'm doing really well with the whole doing the bare minimum thing. I have worked a fundraiser event at the library and knitted two Christmas stockings and seven hats. Then, of course, I devoted last Sunday to be exciting about and then attending book club.

Writing a book in t hirty days is hard. It's even harder when you have the attention span of a goldfish and have a tendency to over extend yourself. The over extension took its toll last week and I was officially down for the count last Friday. I bounced back in time for the authors signing and the fundraiser, though. I'm not trying to make excuses for being so far behind; this is just the reality of the situation.

The good news is, I write fast when I can get in the zone. It's creepy. Like, for example, when LeRoux and I wrote Winter, we took a dinner break around 5:00, got back to the office and wrote for a couple of hours. My next memory is getting home around 11:00. I had no idea how that book ended until I read the Ermnibus. Poor Flurry. She didn't deserve that. I have no doubt that I can pull this off. I just need to be better about carving out time to make it happen. And saying no occasionally wouldn't hurt either.

Jessica, on the other hand, is doing swimmingly. She's at her word count goal and likes the direction the story is taking her in. I, for one, can't wait to read the Quinn Monroe story. Lucky for me, I get to read it first!

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