I have reached Gilmore levels of coffee consumption. My stomach hurts and my left eye has been twitching for about two days. But I’m writing a novel, putting together at least five blog posts a week, and taking a graduate-level literature course, so the caffeine has become a necessity. Plus, it’s actually getting chilly here, and there is nothing better on a fall day than a warm cup of coffee. I will survive. Though how Lorelei Gilmore never had any stomach issues from that amount of coffee is beyond me.
As of right now, I’ve only written 200 words today, but I haven’t had any trouble meeting my daily word count goals so far, so I will definitely be adding at least 1,500 words to that count before midnight. My total word count right now is 7,328, which is awesome! I am officially ahead of schedule, and I’m pretty sure it’s more than any other novel I’ve started in the last few years. And I’ve only been writing for three and a half days. I’m also feeling really good about what I’ve written so far. Yes, there are some parts that need a lot of work, but the fact that I haven’t let them trip me up yet is a major accomplishment. I didn’t plan out my novel too much, since I’m using a Jane Austen novel as inspiration (and a makeshift outline), but there have been a few completely unexpected scenes or characters that came out of nowhere, but actually make my book better. Overall, I’m really happy with where this is going.
In other news, my reading so far this month has royally sucked. So far, I’ve finished one very small book for school (most of which I read last month), and one middle-grade novel that I honestly skimmed most of. I am still only about halfway through The Shining, because, for some reason, I can only read bits of it at a time (which is fine, just a bit annoying). I’m feeling restless for not really having finished anything in a while (though that may be the caffeine), and I’m a bit worried about what the rest of this month will look like. I have to finish Mansfield Park by early next week. I just started it today, and am about 60 pages into the 550-page book. And my book club’s pick for this month, The Secret Keeper by Kate Morton, is almost 500 pages, which I have to read at some point in the next few weeks. I have to get through at least two ARCs, and a lot of additional school reading. And I have less than two months to finish the PopSugar Reading Challenge (though two of my three remaining books are The Shining and Mansfield Park, so I’m still in pretty good shape). Still, I’m a little stressed out about this month, and I’m worried about triggering another reading slump. I’ve got my fingers crossed. Though I can tell you right now, that November TBR I posted on Sunday is definitely not happening. I’ll be happy if I get to one of those books.
This week so far has been kind of insane (is it really only Wednesday?), but, despite my complaining, I’m really enjoying it, for the most part. I might be sick (stupid cold) and stressed, but I couldn’t be happier with how NaNoWriMo is going so far. Plus, yesterday I got a copy of the first 150 pages of A Gathering of Shadows, the sequel to A Darker Shade of Magic by V. E. Schwab, and ugh, it’s just so good! So, yeah, it’s been a pretty good week overall.
Let me know how your NaNo experience is going so far in the comments below, and if you’re participating, add me as a writing buddy! My username is stephma.