Writing has ground to a halt. Well not exactly stopped, but I have stopped writing the Huntress story.
Today, I finished off – rather lamely – my Whose that Girl story, and having converted it to word, I am in the process of setting up the paragraphs etc. Once I have done this, I will print it out and edit it – yay! Hopefully I can get it away to my Critiquer by the middle of December (hopefully she remembers and reads through it quickly for me!) The deadline is in February, but I want to get some edits etc done before I send it away.
I was frantically looking for software that I could use to create my story bible for the Huntress. After lots of suggestions – that weren’t entirely helpful, I stumbled across a product called Tree Sheets. Basically, it is a database, but with special features, like a cross between a spreadsheet and database. I can enter information within cells, and within those cells again. It is really quite fascinating, and I am looking forward to working with it to plan my three stories and keep my characters, settings etc in line.
Having had the week off work last week, because of a sick boy, I managed to get heaps done around the house. Most of the gardens have been weeded, some of the veggie garden has been planted, and the house has been cleaned properly. I am still in nesting mode, with lots of ideas about how to read rid of some stuff – some went to the op shop, some to the school. With our plans and dreams coming together, I need to be able to get rid of things over the next few years in order for me to become comfortable with living with the bare minimum – as long as that doesn’t include my laptop, I think I can survive. Although my husbands suggestion that I get rid of some books was met with a large amount of protest and I have dug my toes in. He hasn’t pushed the issue since!
So while I failed NaNo, I have to focus on the fact that I have completed three novella’s this year, all three are in stages of edits, and one is being critiqued by the local RWNZ! I have actually exceeded my own expectations for the year.