NaNo Update #6

Progress (word count or a general status update): 32, 506

Current Mood: Improving… Last week sucked, frankly, but I’ve come to terms with it and I’m moving on with what needs to be done. I know that’s elusive, and for that I apologize. I can report that I’m making awesome progress on my NaNo project, and it’s more a joy to work on than a chore… A good thing!

Inspiration: It’s hard to wait around for something you know might never happen, but it’s even harder to give up when you know it’s everything you want. ~ Unknown

Goals as of Today: Hit 40K by Friday. That’s lofty, especially since my girlie is out of school this week, but seeing that benchmark will make me feel very confident about finishing the month with 50K.

Recent Favorite NaNo WiP Bit:

As Bree neared town, the running path became busier. Cyclists with aerodynamic helmets and bikes worth thousands streaked by shouting, “On your left!” Women in the dredges of middle age, power-walked in expensive sweat suits, carrying lattes and chattering. Runners, like Bree, who were out to perform, raise their heart rates and sculpt their calves and drop their times. When she could spare the concentration, she smiled at a few. But she felt a kinship with them all. They were like her, intense and dedicated. Competitors.

Non-NaNo News (because life DOES go on): I ran the Big Sur Half Marathon yesterday! Guys. It was *really* hard. It wouldn’t have been bad three weeks ago before I aggravated my sciatic nerve, but yesterday… Wow. I’m still limping. The good (great!) news is that I finished, and I got to have beer at the end of the race.

A shot of the course (also my regular running route — I am very lucky!). Can you see the little runners in the distance?

Finished! Tired but excited, and with beer! (Why does my neck appear freakishly long in this picture? I look like a turtle…)

I love the medals!

In my downtime I’m reading: Saving June by Hannah Harrington. I just started, but so far this one reminds me a bit of The Sky is Everywhere. Which is to say: A dead sister is involved, the writing is gorgeous, and I already love it.

You should also read this blog post: What’s Next in Publishing: Agent Laurie McLean Looks in Her Crystal Ball By: Agent Laurie McLean (guest-posting on author Anne R. Allen‘s blog) Because: It’s a succinct view of publishing then, now, and in the future from an industry insider.

Gratuitous Photo (Because I love ‘em!):

I can’t pinpoint why, exactly, but I love this photograph. I think it’s the combination of obvious daddy/daughter fun, my girlie’s joyful smile, and the flags billowing so perfectly in the background. (Not to toot my own horn or anything. :))

Tell me: How was your weekend? What are you reading these days?

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31 responses to “NaNo Update #6

  1. Sophia Richardson

    Congrats on reaching 40k (the end is in sight!) and super congrats on the marathon despite your injury! And aww at the daddy/daughter fun in the last photo. My weekend was good, I spent all of Sunday playing boardgames with old and new friends 🙂

  2. Glad you’re moving through the suck and into better things! HUGE congrats on the half-marathon; you are seriously dedicated and amazing for finishing even with your injury (and that medal is the coolest!) Your word count is still humming along and Bree is just getting more and more interesting by the day 🙂 Keep up the great work!

  3. I am so impressed of your half-marathon completion!! And you look so pretty in the photo afterward! I’m always a bright red sweaty mess after running a mere mile! Anyway, huge congrats to you on the race. (Oh, and the NaNo progress, of course!) 🙂

  4. Awesome on the half-marathon – I am winded just thinking about it!

  5. Wow!! Amazing job on completing the half-marathon, Katy! What an incredible accomplishment. Not to mention your NaNo progress. You are rocking it 🙂 Not sure if I’m cool enough to actually say “rocking” it, but that’s how proud of you I am! Also, the picture of your hubby and girlie is SO beautiful! I can almost hear her happy giggles.

  6. Congrats on the half marathon! That’s awesome under any circumstances, and uber-awesome if you have an injury!
    Hope you have a great week this week 🙂

  7. So proud of you for doing the half marathon, and for making such great progress on NaNo! Congrats!

    Love the quote you put for Inspiration. Such a great quote!

    My weekend was good. Nothing too exciting, but just glad I got to sleep in! I’m reading The Liar Society right now.

  8. Wow, I’m impressed. Congrats on the race! And congrats on hitting 32K. Way to go. Oh, and I love that last photo—adorable. 🙂

  9. You’re such an inspiration Katy! Awesome word count, great snippet, a half marathon (!), great photos… Good for you! 🙂

    • Thanks so much, Jaime! The 1/2 marathon came at the perfect time. I needed to accomplish something that made me feel really GOOD. Hope you have a wonderful week!

  10. I’m glad your mood is improving on your NaNo. Everytime I read your snippets, I’m glad that you keep working on it. I’m excited to see what your final product becomes. Congratulations again on the Big Sur. I’m beyond impressed with you and hope you’re back on your feet sans-limp soon.

  11. Woohoo!! Congrats on finishing the half marathon! That’s an amazing accomplishment in and of itself, completely ignoring the sciatica issue, which clearly complicates things. I’m happy you were able to run it! Also super impressed by your NaNo count. You’re going to win for sure. 🙂

    Adorable picture!

    • Thanks, Meredith! I’m feeling great about completing the half, and I’m very hopeful about a NaNo “win.” How are you feeling? How’s your WiP coming along?

  12. Congrats on your word count and on finishing the race! I love the photos. 🙂

  13. YAY for running your marathon and for your solid word count! This weekend, I’ve been busy with the kids and trying to juggle that with my writing. Just the usual.

  14. Thanks much for the shout-out for Laurie McLean’s predictions on my blog. And congrats on the marathon running and marathon (NaNo) writing!

  15. That picture of your hubby and your girlie is the definition of ADORABLE!!!!
    Again, congrats on your half-marathon. You´re amazing! ❤ And definitely keep on working on that story, if you ever need a beta reader for it, you know I drool just thinking about reading your WiPs (okay that´s a bit of unfortunate image, but you know what I mean)
    HUGS!

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