Sometime last night, between eight-thirty and nine PM–about the time The Colony of Slippermen was playing from The Lamb Lies Down on Broadway–I slipped past sixty thousand words. I was a bit surprised I made it that far, but seeing as how I’ve been sitting in front of the computer pretty much non-stop since Wednesday, I was bound to get enough words in the computer to do that thing I do.
Really, though, I was out of the house for most of the afternoon, and getting back down in front of the system after a few hours of running about did wonders to recharge the creative batteries. I’d finished up my conversation in The Witch House with my tween characters and, as she called herself, “Dark Mistress of All”–totally not ripping off Stormageddon, trust me–where she told the kids about some poison they would eventually learn how to make that will simulate the effects of radiation sickness, making my Queen of Sorcery a hell of a lot more bad-ass than any Defense of the Dark Arts instructor, they headed into the school tunnels, met a couple of other teachers, got lunch, and are now . . .
Well, they’re tired. One of them is, at least. Dude does not do any walking around, and he’d gonna have to get used to it. But that was expected. Take a city kid and tell them to start walking a kilometer or more to get to school, they’ll get worn out. Happens all the time.
So, by my count, yesterday was the thirtieth day of writing–started October 30th, wrote until November 29th, took one day off–and the plan was to not only go over fifty thousand words, not only hit a goal of fifty-four thousand for NaNo, but to finish November with sixty thousand words. The plan was met all along the way, and though I was only a few dozen words over my final goal, it’s there and done. I did it.
Today is Travel Day. I’ll do breakfast here soon, then I’ll finish getting the car loaded and hit the road, maybe about eight AM or so, for the long drive back to The Burg. I have no hurry to get back, so if I make it about nine PM local, it’s all good, I can get in, unpack, set up my system, and maybe before I roll back off to bed, add a hundred or so words into the story. Really, I can do it this time, I know it.
I also know that after I finish this current scene I’ll probably cut the next scene. I would love to do it, but I’ve moved it once, and the more I think about it, the less I think it’s needed. I keep running it about in my mind, and it’s a good scene, but it doesn’t add anything. I can use it somewhere else, I know that for sure. I’ll see. This is one of those, “Should I do this?” moments that I can decide upon.
Though if I do this scene, I know it’ll show how one characters loves getting their way . . .