Fun (Recent) Facts

1. I officially finished the first draft of my very first novel, which is, as of yet, untitled. I’m extremely happy to have been able to do it, even though I think it sucks. For now, I’m taking a few days away from it, since I’ve been working on it almost every single day since the end of June. The distance will hopefully allow me to see it with fresh eyes when I go back to it and start working on the re-write.

2. I signed up for NaNoWriMo, a very fun project that I learned about this year even though it’s been around for quite a while. The confusing name, for those who haven’t heard of it, stands for National Novel Writing Month. During the month of December, there is a sort of challenge to write a novel (which, they stipulate, means 50,000 words or more.) Kit, at Goggle and Lace, is also participating (and, in fact, has a very cool job in her region and she’s a fabulous writer, so go check her out!) so I have one buddy so far! Anyone else participating? If so, my author name is “Ilana” so feel free to add me.

3. The last couple of days I didn’t write at all, almost, and I have to say that I’m extremely pleased by how much I missed it! My biggest fear is that writing will become too much of a chore for me, because I do try to have a schedule with it as much as I can. But no, writing is still a joy, even when it’s rough, and even when it pressures me. I’m always pleased with having written for a while, even if I’m not happy with the results.

4. I’ve had this blog for more than two years… I didn’t celebrate my anniversary or anything! Oh, well, I guess I’ll wait until next year and celebrate my three-year anniversary then.

5. I actually don’t have another significant fact that I can think of, so… I’m reading “Anna Karenina” by Leo Tolstoy. It’s the first of the classic Russian novels I’ve ever read, and I’m enjoying it immensely – more than Charles Dickens, if I may say so (don’t string me up, please!)


5 thoughts on “Fun (Recent) Facts

  1. 1. Aswfesygearffr!!! CONGRATULATIONS!

    2. You say nice things about me. ^-^ Also, NaNo is in November. DON’T MISS IT! We can’t be happy and miserable and excited and exhausted together if you miss it! =P

    3. Sometimes taking a day or two vacation from writing can make ALL the difference in the world to the quality of your work, too. If you feel stressed, and things aren’t coming out right, a few days away is usually a surefire way to relax your brain and get the creative fire going again.

    4. Double-happy belated double-anniversary. And a happy in-advance anniversary, too. Just in case, I like to keep my bases covered. =P

    5. D’aw, I love Dickens! I have a hard time getting into anything by Tolstoy, though, so I’m biased. I’m jealous that you have the drive to read classics. I’m too lazy to continue where my random love of reading decent literature after high school left off. Now I read trash. And genre fiction. >_> I have no shame.

  2. unabridgedgirl says:

    Congrats on finishing, Em! You’re a lot farther along than I am. 🙂 And I’m sure that it doesn’t suck. I know you’ll be published. You’re just too brilliant and talented not to be, m’dear.

  3. coffeepearlsgrace says:

    Congratulations!!! That’s quite an accomplishment. Oh, and I love Tolstoy! I’m absolutely captivated by his writing. Enjoy reading during your little break from writing. 🙂

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