Friday, November 9, 2012

Airport NaNoWriMo

Yes, I know, my blogging schedule is all messed up and my NaNoWriMo schedule is even worse.

When I originally kept November relatively free of guest bloggers, it was because I expected to be busy with NaNoWriMo.

As it turns out, most of that free time is going for family. My mom is facing some serious health challenges and I'll be taking a few extra trips home to Illinois. I'll still post off and on as I have time. If you want to be sure to catch my words of wisdom, you can sign up for an e-mail alert when I add something new to the blog. The little sign-up gadget is in the right sidebar, below my photo and profile info.

I will have the regular Chiseled in Rock posts on Tuesdays. Next week will be "What's New From Rocky Mountain Fiction Writers?," and on November 20th I have the last ever "Three Authors, Three Questions" post. Here on this blog, guest blogger Alana White is scheduled for November 29th.

And NaNoWriMo? Well, I haven't posted any word counts yet because I'm traveling with a notebook and pen and working on my NaNo project in airports. I haven't had time to type any of this stuff into Word yet, so I don't have any idea where I stand. I doubt I'll make 50,000 words this month, but if I even make 20,000 it will be better than nothing.

And did you know the big shuttle buses have WiFi now? It's very, very cool.

13 comments:

Julie Luek said...

Busy month for you and sometimes life, relationships and health take precedent. Prayers for your mom.

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Focus on your mom. She comes first. Whatever your word count is at the end is good no matter what.

Margot Kinberg said...

Pat - I'm sorry to hear that your mother is facing serious health problems. I wish all of you well and of course, that has to be your priority. We're pulling for you!

Patricia Stoltey said...

Thanks, Julie. Everything from prayers to warm vibes are much appreciated.

Alex -- That's what I'm thinking too. There's so much on my mind right now, that tuning into the novel and scribbling a couple of paragraphs is actually relaxing. Who knew NaNoWriMo could be therapy?

Thanks, Margot. I also have the advantage of being able to sleep on planes. A two-hour flight is good for a full one-hour nap.

lizy-expat-writer said...

NaNoWriMo isn't nearly as important as your Mum - ever! Writing - whether in airports or buses - is wonderfully therapeutic, so keep it up but DO NOT worry about word counts!

Emily R. King said...

I'm sorry to hear about your mom, Pat. Be safe traveling. Our thoughts are with you!

Patricia Stoltey said...

You're right, Lizy, but I do take advantage of the ability to de-stress with my notebook and pen. I won't worry about word count though.

Thanks, Emily. I appreciate that.

Angela Brown said...

Hoping things perk up for the better with your mom. And glad you're able to get some writing in between layovers :-)

Patricia Stoltey said...

Thanks, Angela. We have to grab our opportunities where we can.

Jemi Fraser said...

My thoughts are with you and your mom - hoping for the best.

That's the thing with NaNo - whether you win or not, you've still got a boost in the word count, so you win anyway! :) Good luck!

Patricia Stoltey said...

Thanks, Jemi.

This is a new experience for me--writing with notebook and pen instead of sitting at the computer. It's an interesting change of pace.

Hilary Melton-Butcher said...

Hi Patricia .. I hope your mother can have a peaceful time - the most important thing is ..is that her daughter is with her .. my thoughts for you both.

As you say sometimes things just have to stay on hold .. but perhaps you'll have some thinking time - even with the note taking ..

All the best with all the travelling and particular when you're with your mother .. Hilary

E.J. Wesley said...

Hoping improved health for your mother, Pat. Definitely in my thoughts ...

Also hoping all the travel helps beef up your NaNo word counts. What else can you do in an airport besides listen to be people being angry about being in an airport? :-)