Irene P. Smith

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NaNoWriMo 2019 Update

Friday, November 29, 2019 - At this point, it's all over but the shouting. Tomorrow, the 30th, is the last day of NaNoWriMo 2019. How did I do? Better than ever before. I've actually achieved a higher word count in the past, but I've only added about 17k or so the total. I have concluded that I'm not going to get to 90k on this project. My plan is to leave it alone until January and then edit and start sending it out to agents.

In the meantime, I've ressurected a false start from the past and plan to start working on it on Monday. Maybe Sunday, because I suddenly know exactly what I want to do with it. My NaNoWriMo novel was a mainstream story about family, love, and the things close proximity can do to our relationships. My "new" old story is firmly in the realm of Fantasy and I can't wait to get started on it. The only thing I can't decide is whether to pick up where I left off or throw it away and start fresh as I did with Love is a Care.

Friday, November 13, 2019 - I've made it to 50,000 words! This it the earliest that I ever finished a NaNoWriMo and I'm really proud of myself. My plan is to continue adding a few words a day and I'm still heading for a total count of 90k plus or minus.

So how am I doing?

Friday, November 8, 2019 - As of yesterday, the end of the first week of NaNoWriMo 2019, my word count was 21,849. Obviously I have far exceeded the minimum requirement for this point in the month. At a rate of 1,667 words per day, I would have had 11,669 words. Since I have been doing so consistently well this year, I have raised my daily goal from 1,667 to 4,000 words. Wish me luck! And come back next week to see how I do. If things go as planned, I will have at least 49,849 words on the 14th. Meaning that, yes, I can finish the 50k by the 15th of the month.

Monday, November 4, 2019 - Things are going well. I have completed the first 10,077 words of my novel. The words are flowing, almost appearing on the page as quickly as I can think of them.

I've tried something new this year. Instead of writing as long as possible, I am making sure to stop at a point where I still know what comes next. It makes me anxious to get started in the morning rather than nervous about what I'm going to say.

I am not going to update here every day, unless something extraordinary happens, like me finishing the book on the 15th. National Novel Writing Month started on a Friday, so, going forward, I will update my word count every Friday morning.

If you want more frequent updates, you can find me on the NaNoWriMo website here: Irene at NaNoWriMo.org

If you're participating too, send me a Buddy request. I'd love to hear from you.

Love is a Care cover

NaNoWriMo 2019

Are you particpating in NaNoWriMo this year?

Me too! Check out my 2019 novel cover. Actually, the title is the same as my last year novel. I failed miserably last year but, well, hope springs eternal. I'm outlining now and getting ready for Friday, November 1st.

You can find me at NaNoWriMo.org as Irene, yeah, just Irene. Here is a link to my profile (this will open in a new tab): Irene at NaNoWriMo.org

Meet the Authors Brunch

On Saturday, October 12th, I attended the Meet the Authors Brunch at the Port Jervis Free Library on Pike Street. It was a wonderful chance to meet other authors and even share one of my stories with the group.

You never know who is a writer! The other writers at the event were friendly, welcoming, and I had a great time talking about writing with like-minded people.

I'm looking forward to future events!

The best part of the day is that, while I've been having trouble getting any writing done for the past year and a half or so, following my diagnosis with macular degeneration, I came home bursting with story ideas and anxious to sit down at the keyboard!

Tiny Microfiction Publication

I have had a small (tiny, really) story published at 50-Word Stories. Would you like to see it? It's called "Twinkle, Twinkle"

June 1, 2019...

June Challenge

For the month of June, 2019, I've set myself a challenge, to write a flash fiction story (any length up to 1,000 words) every day. And, further, by the end of the month, I have to submit at least half of the stories for possible publication.

In other words, I can't just write them and stick them in an archive until I am ready to publish another collection.

Lots of changes...

Where have I been?

I have been through a strange and difficult year. Towards Chrstmas of 2017, I discovered that I was having difficulty focusing to read, even on the large monitors I have in my home office. I put it down to the fact that I needed a new pair of glasses. Amazing how wrong you can be.

When I finally went to the eye doctor for new glasses, they told me that I had more problems than that. I went to an opthamologist and discovered that I had two problems: macular degneration, and bleeding and swelling within my eyes. For the past year I have been receiving intravitreal injections to clear up the problem.

When I received the diagnosis, I thought that meant I was going to lose my sight altogether.

At first, I was not able to see well enough to read without a lot of eye strain. I could write but I couldn't proofread my work. After a while, that improved, to the point where I can now read quite well again. I no longer have to read for five minutes and rest my eyes. Life is getting back to normal.

For the past year and about three months, I have been focusing my life on what I had to do for work and nothing more. It has set my writing back and lost me some wonderful opportunities but I'm not giving up. Here we go again...