Well that sucked. I got sick over a week ago, and that took me out for a few days. I managed to bounce back a bit for the holiday, and then crashed hard with a different set of illness symptoms a few days later. Due to all the injury that’s happened in the family this year, I didn’t have much sick leave left for myself, so I got to use my vacation time to shiver under the covers where I could barely keep my eyes open. And of course, sharing is caring, so I made sure to pass the misery onto the members of my household.
Needless to say, that put a bit of a damper on my NaNoWriMo progress. Kind of. I still did surprisingly well. As of this moment, I’m sitting at 36.7K. According to the NaNo stats page, that’s an average of 1267 a day. Of that 36K, I’ve marked 6K of it unusable after NaNo is over, but a net gain of 30K good words is still good. I’m pretty sure I’m not cranking out another 14K by the end of tomorrow, but I might be able to manage another 3.3K.
I’ve also simplified things by taking out one group of people I intended to introduce in this book and giving their role to an existing POV character, and also I’ve combined two characters who are there to aid this POV character. That does mean I’m tossing out 22K of previous years’ NaNo work, but it improves the overall arch of the series and gives purpose to one of the details I added to this character.
Due to illness, I’m far behind on all things I intend to do, so I’m probably going to be late visiting all of my fellow bloggers. But I want to give a shout out to Sarah Brentyn, because she just released her next collection of short fiction! If you get a chance, check out On the Edge of a Raindrop.
Any suggestions to avoid getting sick? Have you checked out Sarah’s lates release? Any big writing things you want to share?