Daily Archives: April 6, 2015

Word Count vs Real Life

I’m already behind on Camp NaNoWriMo.  Seriously behind.  I set my word count goal to 60,000 words, which is 2k a day — twice what I’ve been doing for my self-challenge. That means that today I should be at 12,000 words and I’m… not.

I have around 8000 words, which is two full days behind where I should be.

Can I make it up on my days off?  I should be able to, so I’m not too worried yet. I don’t think I’ll get to give myself a cushion though.

And today is going to be pretty much a no writing day, other than 750words, unless I pull an all-nighter (which I am considering…)

And this is where the “Real Life” part of the title comes in.

Last Monday I got a phone call (voice mail) from the eduction coordinator at work, telling me that my CPR certification was expiring soon and she was teaching a class on Monday the 6th at 10:00 am and she had scheduled me for it.

I was (and still am) furious at the presumption. How dare she decide what I was going to do with my time away from work?

It wouldn’t be so bad if it was at 1:00 in the afternoon and I could do the class and go straight to my floor to go to work.  But, no… I have to be there, do the class, come home for a couple hours and go back.  Day = shot to hell.

And (back to writing) even while I am fuming about it, and resenting being scheduled without my consent,  part of my mind is filing the feelings away for future reference in writing.

(“A writer never takes a vacation. A writer is always writing or thinking about writing.”)

The other part of the problem is that I work the 3 to 11 shift. I’m not usually in bed until two or three o’clock in the morning, which means I’m not usually up until 10:00 — which is when I have to be at the class.

As I said, I’m seriously considering an all-nighter, filled with sugar, caffeine, and five hour energy drinks.

And maybe lots of words.



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