NANOWRIMO 2021

WHAT IS NANOWRIMO?

National Novel Writing Month, or NaNoWriMo, is an annual challenge to write fifty thousand words—basically a short book—in the month of November. Between moving to a new state, starting a new job, and learning how to adult for real (monthly rent, yay!), I've chosen to not participate this year. However, I'm still making a commitment to write every day this month. I'll be posting weekly progress updates on Facebook and Instagram (links in header and footer). As always, my progress with everything I'm working on is on the Works-In-Progress page of my website (link above), but this month, I'll also be tracking my progress here. Every day, I'll add to the calendar to tell you how much I wrote and which work in progress I worked on. Updates will most likely be added at night, since that's when I tend to write. Follow me on Facebook and Instagram to follow my progress this month. If you're a writer too, what are you doing for NaNoWriMo this year?

Total Words Written:

22,998

Monday, November 1

Manuscript: Nikos

Words Written: 387

Other Tasks: Research for Nikos

Notes: Next up is the beginning of a character interaction I've been imagining for days!

Thursday, November 4

Manuscript: Nikos

Words Written: 1260

Other Tasks: Making playlists for Heart of Darkness

Notes: Not as painful a scene today, but we're not at rock bottom yet. That'll probably come tomorrow.

Sunday, November 7

Manuscript: Heart of Darkness flash fiction

Words Written: 946

Other Tasks: Finishing Next Gen bonus art, bowling research for today's scene

Notes: More of the flash fiction story I was working on yesterday!

Wednesday, November 10

Manuscript: post-Metavallo flash fic

Words Written: 838

Other Tasks: none

Notes: I spent the whole day packing. Around 11 pm, I finally got to writing, but I didn't want to get my computer out, so I used my phone to write a scene I've been imagining for a while.

Saturday, November 13

Manuscript: post-Metavallo flash fic

Words Written: 715

Other Tasks: research for this story

Notes: Today's weird research questions include: Are lion claws retractable? And how tall is the average human head?

Tuesday, November 16

Manuscript: post-Metavallo flash fic

Words Written: 684

Other Tasks: none

Notes: I stayed up way too late to get this much written but it was worth it. I've imagined scenes WAY past this!

Friday, November 19

Manuscript: post-Metavallo flash fic

Words Written: 321

Other Tasks: Designing an alien alphabet for Nikos

Notes: The letterforms of this alphabet were inspired by the pattern on a vase I saw at Ashley Homestore!

Monday, November 22

Manuscript: Heart of Darkness flash fiction

Words Written: 1112

Other Tasks: continuing the alien alphabet for Nikos

Notes: co-written by Chloe. We thoroughly confused this scene's perspective character!

Thursday, November 25

Manuscript: Heart of Darkness flash fic

Words Written: 602

Other Tasks: minor Anathema revisions, cover art for another H.o.D. short fiction. 

Notes: The only reason I didn't work on Nikos today is because my reading of Anathema ended so late.

Sunday, November 28

Manuscript: Metavallo

Words Written: 1354

Other Tasks: none

Notes: This is what I should've been working on this month. It's not as high priority as the crossover, but it is a higher priority than Nikos.

Tuesday, November 2

Manuscript: Nikos

Words Written: 1539

Other Tasks: None

Notes: Just passed 20,000 words! Next milestone is 25,000, and I think I'm going to reach it!

Friday, November 5

Manuscript: Mega-Crossover (placeholder title, Heart of Darkness 2)

Words Written: 1435

Other Tasks: None

Notes: At least one part my sister and I wrote probably could have been serious, but no. Whatever we write together, we end up laughing. A lot.

Monday, November 8

Manuscript: Nikos

Words Written: 300

Other Tasks: character development for new wait list concept Merged

Notes: I'm so excited about Merged! I don't know the final title yet, but this is looking more like fantasy than sci-fi.

Thursday, November 11

Manuscript: post-Metavallo flash fic

Words Written: 506

Other Tasks: none

Notes: Since I spent the whole day in a car, I continued this flash fic. I know, Metavallo isn't done yet, so why write what happens after? But I knew when I started Metavallo how it would end.

Sunday, November 14

Manuscript: Heart of Darkness flash fiction

Words Written: 375

Other Tasks: none

Notes: The MC of Merged is official. I've started imagining him (them? 🤭) meeting my other characters!

Wednesday, November 17

Manuscript: post-Metavallo flash fic

Words Written: 272

Other Tasks: none

Notes: I'll try to get back to actual book manuscripts tomorrow, but no promises! I have so many ideas for this!

Saturday, November 20

Manuscript: post-Metavallo flash fic

Words Written: 600

Other Tasks: None

Notes: I keep meaning to get back to working on that alien language, but I keep running out of time in the day!

Tuesday, November 23

Manuscript: Nikos

Words Written: 391

Other Tasks: finishing the alien alphabet for Nikos

Notes: Instead of seeing the light at the end of the tunnel, you could say I can see the pitch black at the bottom of the hole. Rock bottom scene ahead!

Friday, November 26

Manuscript: Nikos

Words Written: 1280

Other Tasks: Alien language additions to Anathema

Notes: There's a certain character interaction I've been imagining for weeks. I finally wrote it, but now I have no specific scene ideas until the end.

Monday, November 29

Manuscript: post-Metavallo flash fic

Words Written: 561

Other Tasks: Possible Metavallo sequel

concept and characters? 🤔

Notes: I know, I should've been working on Metavallo itself. But I'm currently in an 'ideas desert.'

Wednesday, November 3

Manuscript: Nikos

Words Written: 992

Other Tasks: Bonus art for Next Gen

Notes: This scene hurt. It really hurt. Unfortunately, we're at the point in the story where things are getting worse before they can get better.

Saturday, November 6

Manuscript: Heart of Darkness flash fiction

Words Written: 1386

Other Tasks: None

Notes: This is one of a series of flash fiction scenes I've been imagining for months! Though it technically takes place during Next Gen, it'll be released as a separate story.

Tuesday, November 9

Manuscript: Heart of Darkness flash fiction

Words Written: 841

Other Tasks: Next Gen continuity fixes, Merged plot development

Notes: Merged is officially at the top of my "next to write" list. I am obsessed with this story!

Friday, November 12

Manuscript: post-Metavallo flash fic

Words Written: 154

Other Tasks: none

Notes: Word of the day: ugh. Driving, boxes, furniture, stairs. Broken water pipe. So not much writing, just lots of imagining. And walking. Also, this is officially too long to be flash fiction.

Monday, November 15

Manuscript: post-Metavallo flash fic

Words Written: 615

Other Tasks: none

Notes: I love this story. It's about one of my all-time favorite characters. He's very different, and you get to see him from other people's perspectives!

Thursday, November 18

Manuscript: Heart of Darkness flash fiction

Words Written: 407

Other Tasks: none

Notes: Man, I want to work on Merged. But I need Gateway beta readers first!

Sunday, November 21

Manuscript: Heart of Darkness flash fiction

Words Written: 377

Other Tasks: continuing the alien alphabet for Nikos

Notes: Tonight's scene was co-written by my sister, Chloe.

Wednesday, November 24

Manuscript: Nikos

Words Written: 965

Other Tasks: writing in that alien alphabet I made for Nikos

Notes: Rock bottom has been reached. 😭 Why did it have to happen like this? I know it was my idea, but why did I do that?

Saturday, November 27

Manuscript: Mega-Crossover

Words Written: 1464

Other Tasks: none

Notes: Al got pissed. Then ashamed. Now he's all nervous because he's meeting someone he's a big fan of, but that person's success inspired Al to do something really stupid, so... ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

Tuesday, November 30

Manuscript: Nikos

Words Written: 694

Other Tasks: none

Notes: I wrote part of the ending scene, the part that comes after the big conflict is wrapped up. That's the only scene I have ideas for right now!

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