Well, I didn’t do it.
I didn’t make my word count goal for September. I tried, and I was doing really well at catching up, but then…
Motivation all sort of washed away in the rain.
That steady, soothing, relaxing rain that tells you to go back to bed and stay there because there’s nothing worth doing anywhere else.
It didn’t get me to go back to bed, but it did lull me into lethargy, drowning all hope of being creative or accomplishing anything.
On a brighter note, though, I did finish Book 7of the Academy of the Accord series. Or at least, I got it as finished as it can get for a first draft, especially one that’s taking place in the middle of this series. Once I get the revisions done I’ll be able to tell better what needs to be changed in it. (It’s going to be a major mess, I can tell you that much.)
Finishing it means that I only have one more first draft to finish the series. Sadly, just like Book 7, the start of Book 6 also needs to be untangled from the end of Book 5. I’m not sure if it’s going to have parts of Book 8 in it or not – I think it might end before that one begins.
But I’m afraid that it is most likely going to require more changes to Book 7.
(You know that plan to edit this next year and publish it in 2017? It’s starting to look more like 2018.)
So, anyhow, I finished Book 7 and decided to take a bit of a break before tackling Book 6, so I went back to my greatest nemesis: Book 2 of the Other Mages trilogy. (No, it still isn’t finished. Yes, it will be someday. Maybe even this month.)
The current plan is that I am going to finish September’s word count. I’ll work on it in addition to October’s 31k goal, using September to work on (and hopefully finish) Book 2 of The Other Mages, and October’s words to work on Book 6 of The Academy of the Accord.
And, of course, in the midst of all of this is work, getting my outline in shape for NaNoWriMo, two talks and prep sessions for NaNoWriMo, a kick off party for NaNoWriMo, blog posts, weekly Sunday Snippet blog hops, and a bunch of pocket letters to make.
(I finished my first one yesterday and I don’t think it turned out too bad for a first go. I just hope my swap partner likes it — this is almost as nerve wracking as submitting a novel for publication.)
At that rate, November is going to be a lot more relaxing than October!