The Republic of T.

Black. Gay. Father. Vegetarian. Buddhist. Liberal.

Busy. Writing.

Today’s Veterans’ Day. (Thanks, Vets!) That means I have the day off, as it’s a federal holiday. But, that also means that the hubby’s at work and the kids are at school and daycare. Which means I really have a day off. I’ll be taking a day off from blogging. That’s partly because I want to go to the Smithsonian Museums and check out some exhibits I haven’t had a didn’t have a chance to see the last couple of times I went with Parker. Maybe I’ll visit the American History Museum, which I haven’t been to in ages.

It’s also partly because I have some other writing I mean to do. As you can tell from the widget in the post, I’m 17,933 words into the novel I’m working on for National Novel Writing Month. It’s coming along well. I’m about four chapters in and I’m finding it easier as I go along. The thing is that a whole cast of characters I’m looking forward to writing are about to be thrust into the investigation. I’m beginning to wonder if I can get them all in and wrap up the mystery by the 30th.

I’m realizing now that if I ever revise it I’m going to need to get the investigation going sooner, but it’s a first draft and I’m trying hard to silence my inner critic.

After running about 1 day behind since I started, I’m finally ahead of the day’s goal by 1,263 words. I can’t remember the last time I was ahead in, well, anything. Being behind I’m used to, but being ahead? Maybe not by much, but being ahead by even a little is rare for me.

So, I’m going to use part of tomorrow for some uninterrupted. I can’t remember the last time I had a whole day to do anything. Thus far, if I haven’t managed to squeeze in some writing on the Metro or during my lunch break, I end up trying to write at night after everyone has gone to bed and I’ve finished whatever work I needed to do for the evening. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve fallen asleep at my keyboard since the month started. (The odd thing is that I wake up to find the last few sentences are nothing like what I thought I was writing or intended to write.)

I have a whole day to write uninterrupted, not just the end of the day when I’m nearly too physically and mentally exhausted to do anything. I also can’t remember when I’ve had to do anything uninterrupted. I’m going to see how far I can blast ahead, and give myself cushion in case something comes up and I fall behind again.

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