Ain’t No Redemption, Journal Entry Three – NaNo Day Three

I’m not entirely sure how I did it today, but I’ve nearly gotten back on track after not writing yesterday. The first week of NaNoWriMo and I get scheduled for the first five days! What a racket. Anyway, yesterday I had to start at 8 a.m. and work until 5, watched a movie with the wife (Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan) before she went over to her brother’s, and was in bed not long after. I think I got a total of 150 words out all together yesterday, between writing some before the movie and some after. Needless to say, I felt a little dismayed.

But that’s a big part of what this whole National Novel Writing Month event is all about, to me. One aspect of being a successful author (other than the obvious) is the balance between ‘writing-life’ and ‘life-life’. So, yesterday being my wife’s second to last day of her vacation, I wasn’t about to let her spend the whole day alone. I knew I could always wake up early, coffee-up, and hit the keyboard at running (read: groggy) start. Several years ago a writer’s wife told me this: ‘You can’t be an author and work a full-time job.’ I say, ‘nuts to that.’

From 7 a.m until 10 I wrote. Not my best stuff, but hell, it was day 3 and I already felt way behind. Maybe I should have taken wordrew‘s advice and done some warm-up writing first, but, I was overeager. And yet, it was that overeagerness that drove me to take my laptop into work with me and write at every possible free moment. Thank Whoever that I work alone on Sundays! (joy)

All said and told, I’m up to just over 4,500 hundred words. I can’t wait until Wednesday and Thursday, my days off, so I can finally spend some substantial time picking away at the white-space.

To anyone reading this on my social media friends list or followers, apologies for being so quiet. I’m not ignoring you, just trying to stay away from distractions.

Don’t be a fool, stay in school (or log lots of time on Wikipedia)

-Marsh

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