March 21

First Update in Almost 5 Months

The only thing I can say, easily enough, is things got crazy. Very crazy.

The last post I made to this blog was Nov. 1, right when NaNoWriMo got started. I spent more of my time writing on my novel in November than I did writing for any blog I had (including this one, my social media blog and others). By the time December hit, my brain was fried and I was still working on my novel until work and being sick caught up with me.

12316498_10207558135221981_6610205390906462467_nHowever, I hit my goal in NaNo and I wanted to share that fun graphic with you here. I intended to do this two months ago when I realized I hadn’t posted in three months, but I got sidetracked every time I went to post.

Day 1 I started out with a little over 32,000 words. By the end of November I was exceeding 83,000 words, but the novel still isn’t completed. I expect it to be 95,000 words by the time I’m done (at least).

I didn’t write every day. Often times I had to write more in subsequent days to make up for the days I missed. I have excuses, sometimes valid excuses, for why I missed days (Thanksgiving and a retirement party being two of those valid excuses). Other times my brain was just mush and I couldn’t see where the novel was going. I got past that each time it happened, which helps, but I still haven’t gotten much further than the numbers above to finish the novel.

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So the good news, five months after the fact, is that I won. YAY WINNING. The bad news is, I haven’t written on this project since then and I plan to tackle that problem in the next month.

So what have I been doing in the past five months? Well some of those answers will be coming in future blog posts this week and next, but it involves working on another Think Happy Club book – technically three books, two of which will be published later this year, one that will be published next year, being sick, starting a new project, starting another new project, starting a life change and more.

Which brings me to the point of this post – sort of (winning NaNo was one of the topics included here.

As my health affects a lot of what I do as a writer, I’m going to start creating blog posts about some of the things I’ve encountered as a Type 1 diabetic for 30+ years now. So in addition to writing posts, motivational posts and promotional posts, etc., you’ll also find blog posts on diabetes and how things are changing/affecting me.

Diabetes affects more than people realize and I think, as an author, it helps for readers to know more about me and what I am going through than to act like it doesn’t happen.

All that said, here’s to more regular posts in the future. And look forward to the cover reveal of our next book.