My pages for this week – word count 14,150!
I work out at Planet Fitness two or three times a week. When I ride the stationary bike, I’m routinely treated to FOX News and the Food Network. I’ve become enamored with Cup Cake Wars on the Food Network. Each time I watch it, there is at least one melt-down with batter or cooked cupcakes being dumped and started over. The contestants always want this “more than anything else.” The show is designed for drama/trauma as contestants are given unrealistic goals to accomplish in limited time. The final two contestants have to make 1000 cupcakes, design a display and put the cupcakes on that display in two hours. The winner gets $10,000.
I’ve been thinking about this as I complete the first week of NaNoWriMo. I’m not one for drama, but if I were, I would need to manufacture a few crisis to keep interest in my progress, like losing all of my data, falling two weeks behind schedule, or developing a life threatening disease. None of these have happened. I am a little behind schedule but nothing that can’t be made up next week. I don ‘t want this “more than anything else,” but then I don’t have a prize of $10,000 at stake. I just get the satisfaction of seeing “winner” attached to my name every time I go to the NaNoWriMo site, a surprisingly pleasant feeling even at my age. I guess we all like to be winners now and then.
My personal goal for the week is 15,000 words. At 14,150 and the rest of the day ahead of me, I could make that, but then I haven’t bought groceries all week and I still need to work out to keep myself healthy for the weeks to come. I like to give myself the weekend off from writing, this way I return Monday morning refreshed with new ideas and ready to go. So whether I make it to my mini-goal or not, I’m well on my way. It is a marathon, not a sprint! And to add excitement to my progress, when I hit the half-way point, 25,000, I will be offering my latest novel, Dancing on High Wire, for free in kindle format. So please stay tuned. I expect to reach that benchmark sometime next week.
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