Another month, another word count. Again, I’m only counting words I’ve used in fictional works and not blogs. Not that I’ve blogged lately or anything.
On with it… August was pretty good, with a total of 24,019 words. This is thanks, mostly, to a new short(er) story that I wrote for Awesome August that was nearly 7000 words. otherwise my total would be far below 20,000. I was pretty proud of that story, too.
This brings my total to 252,453 words for the year. Not bad at all. My goal of 300,000 is only about 47K words away.
I’ve been trying to think of a NaNo topic for this year… I can’t believe it’s coming up so fast. I mean, yeah it’s November, but I usually need time to plan and outline. I’m thinking that, instead of doing NaNo, I will push myself to finish both of my big pieces. And start something new in Jan 2011. Wow.
We’ll see. The minute I say I am going to do something I suddenly can’t do it.
Wow. I can’t even believe I did but I wrote something new. And it was short. And complete. Who am I??? And what have I done with the woman who writes 400,000 word stories and can’t finish them? Oh, wait. She’s still here. Over at the fanfiction archive I thought it would be fun to do a challenge called AwesomeAugust, where writers sign up for a day and on that day, post a new, complete story that they want. It would get writers… well… writing and it would produce at least 31 new stories for the archive. We like new stories, and considering how dry the fandom is these days, new stories can breathe new life. I hadn’t planned on doing one, because I didn’t have an idea. And then… with about 3 slots open, an idea came to me. And then I thought it was dumb and gave up my slot. And then I got some great advice and swallowed my pride at my ‘damn good idea’ cut it back to the beginning and re-wrote it and guh. Can I say I love my own work? Is that egotistical? Oh well. I think it’s cute. It’s called, “Rescue Me” and borrows a little bit from Pretty Woman, which I know aired last night and that was a complete coincidence. I was trying to find a movie that two people could be watching at 4am and did a Google search and Pretty Woman popped up and I thought, Yes! there’s some great quotable lines in that! I already knew how I could mold some dialog around the lines and draw some parallels. I thought it turned out great. A snippet? Don’t mind if I do (beware of language, this piece is Rate R): “See, I liked the Julia Roberts character,” Gabby admitted, crunching on popcorn. “But I liked her friend more.” “Kit De Luca? Yeah she’s a little spitfire. Every prostitute needs a great best friend.” “Well, and I’ve had a girl crush on Laura San […]
Yessssssss. My goal of 300K is well within my grasp. It’s August and I am already close! I decided, for the rest of the year, to ONLY count my fiction words. While my blog posts are important to me, I want to focus on my writing specifically to write, to further my development of skills, to finish my WIPs, to start new stories, to achieve 300K words this year purely on my own merit. July saw the return of Same Time Next Week, my 2009 NaNoWriMo piece. It is, as of yet unfinished but it’s close. I have a goal to try to get to that piece this week and get more of it accomplished before lose steam. I rewrote several chapters and cut it back from nearly 100K words to about 85K… and then added some words to already written chapters, moved some things around and then wrote a completely new chapter. That said, it was hard to tell what was old and what was new, so I only counted the new chapter. I also completed two chapters in All I Wanna Do this month. Which, lately, is pretty good. I actually finished the newest chapter last night but since I started it in July, I counted it for July. I’m not hurting for numbers and I don’t expect to slack in August, so no big whoop. My July total, then was 24,573 words, for an annual total of 228,440 words in 2010. Nice. I’m very happy with that. I have ~71,000 words to hit 300K. Uh. Do ya’ll even KNOW me? No PROBLEM! In August, as I mentioned, I’d like to move further along with STNW, work toward finishing AIWD (I KNOW, RIGHT?!) and write some new things. There is a challenge over at the archive and I am trying to drum up something new for it. We’ll see how it goes! I guess that’s all, for this update! Till the next time!