Thank you to everyone who emailed me or left comments about my mom.  She’s been moved from the hospital in the smaller town that’s farther away from me to a stroke rehab unit only 3 miles away. Which makes life easier for us both. Especially since she has a phone so we can keep in touch that way too.  The doctors are quite pleased with the strength she has in her arms and the physiotherapists are keeping her busy with lots of exercises to bring her leg back to full strength.

So life has sort of returned to normal — the new normal — which means I’m back to writing. Thank heavens. Writing has always been a good way for me to focus on things other than the curveballs life throws me. Otherwise my brain has a tendency to churn issues over far too many times and make them into bigger dramas than they actually are.

Anyway, Troy’s story is progressing nicely. I’m at 25K of what looks to be probably a 60K or more story. I really need to break the synopsis down so I can predict the final word count a bit more precisely. It’s good practice for those times when I want to sell by proposal. (which means you contract the story before you actually write it — I can’t do that with my Samhain stories though) It’s awful tough if you’re contractually obligated to write a 60K story that turns out to be only 40K long. That means you’ve got a lot of padding to reach your goal. Usually that involves creating a subplot and trying to weave it through the existing story. It’s even worse if you write a 90K story when your contract calls for only 60K. That’s a heckuva lot of cutting. Especially if you don’t have a subplot.

I figure if I write 2K a day between now and the end of November, I will squeak past the NaNo requirements of 50K, and will be darned close to typing “The End” on my first draft. If I want to actually finish the first draft by the end of November, which was my original goal, I’ll have to up my daily wordcount to 2833 words a day. Yikes. Well, I’m going to give it a shot. Even if something else crops up and I don’t make it, I’ll be that much closer to the finish line.

The New Normal, and a New Goal
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