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My Nanowrimo novel writing was interrupted yesterday.  I am at 41,103 words and have to finish by Sunday.  I wanted to finish by Tuesday night.  It was a goal I had set for myself.  However, on Sunday morning my daughter called and said she wanted to come visit me.  I was very pleased that she was coming.  I spent the day cleaning and doing laundry and getting the guest room and guest bathroom ready for her.  She will be here through Tuesday evening.

Today we went all over town.  We left early because she wanted to go out for coffee.  I thought we were coming back here after that.  We didn’t.  We went from coffee to breakfast to antique stores, Powell’s Books, and walking around taking pictures.  She had made an appointment at the Admissions Office at a college she is interested in so we went across town to the 3 pm appointment.  While she was in with the lady in Admissions, I sat and waited for her in the cafe.  I had left without anything to write on because we were coming right back.  So as I sat, I looked for ad pages with a lot of white space in a local weekly free magazine.  When I found the pages, I pulled them out and used them to pick up writing on my Nanowrimo novel.  I haven’t typed it up yet but I think I probably wrote about six or seven hundred words.  With luck, I can type it up later tonight, (we’re going out to dinner shortly) and add a bit to it.  I’d be happy if I could get to 42,000 words by the time I turned out the light tonight.

Oh well, I have til Sunday.  I don’t have my daughter here all the time.  I think when I put her on the plane tomorrow, I will wish she was staying a lot longer.

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And so it begins…

Last night I headed out to a local café for a midnight NaNoWriMo write-in. Armed with my GPS, I drove 25 minutes then found the place. However, I couldn’t get to it because I was on the wrong side of a concrete divider. I got turned around and then missed it again because it wasn’t well lit from that angle. After I went around another two times, I got there. One problem. There were no parking spaces. I had anticipated this because I called ahead. The owner of the café told me there was a Subway store across the street and I could park there with no problem. I looked for the Subway and it was waaaayyyyy across the street…SIX LANES, three in each direction. I first looked for a space on the side of the street that I was on and couldn’t find any. I searched for four blocks in all directions. Nothing. The Subway parking lot was completely filled. It was raining. I don’t know about you but I am not about to park four blocks away in an industrial area and walk, alone, with my purse and laptop and no jacket. Nope. Not me. So I headed back home.

In the end, I had wasted almost two hours in travel time, getting lost time, assessing the parking situation time, and driving back home time. I walked in the door at home at 12:05 am and had to start up the desktop and load my MS Office before I could start writing. After 20 minutes, I took my first break to fix some coffee and visit the potty. More writing. Within an hour, I had written 2650 words. I quit at that point because my neck and back hurt. Today, I haven’t written anything for my novel. I just don’t feel like it. I’m sure I’ll give it all another try some time tonight and again tomorrow. I’ll be happy if I can get to 6,000 words by the end of the weekend. I don’t think that’ll be a problem. I tend to write fast so I think I can easily get there.

So that’s how it starts.

Let’s see how it ends!

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