It’s November which means it’s time for NaNoWriMo! For those who have never heard of National Novel Writing Month  (NaNoWriMo for short) it’s an annual write-a-thon that takes place every year in November. The goal is to write 50,000 words a month, roughly 1,667 words per day. It’s a lot. It’s especially a lot for folks like me who work a full-time job in addition to writing. I’ve never participated in NaNoWriMo before but the timing just happened to work out this year. I’ve been working on admin tasks for A Shift in Shadows mostly related to marketing and the audiobook, but I’m comfortable shifting my focus to book two now. Other than a general outline I haven’t actually started writing it yet so when I saw that NaNoWriMo was starting soon I thought, “Why not?”

So here we are. It’s Day One. My day job is really busy, put in nine hours of work there. I’m in my last semester for my B.S. in Information Technology and this month is when all the major assignments are due. I actually have one assignment due in three hours that I haven’t started yet. I’ve started doing photography gigs part-time again and had an event over the weekend and another one is scheduled in two weeks. Oh and while fixing something in the house with a hot glue gun (don’t ask) I burnt two of my fingers. So…yeah…probably should have called this post, “Why am I doing this to myself?!”

Even with all that going on I still managed to get 2,311 words written today! This month is going to be bonkers but I’ve really missed being able to just write and not worry about editing, book formatting, ARC listings, etc. I’ve missed these characters and there are going to be so many fun things that happen in book two! I am ready to be highly caffeinated this entire month so I can get all the things done! I’m also prepared to go into hibernation for the entire month of December if I survive this month.