Successful Women of Israel

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Month: November 2011

NaNoWriMo Day 29

I’m almost there.

I’m 4,000 words away.

I better hit it tomorrow.

I feel like NaNoWriMo has done to me what Nurse Ratched did to McMurphy. I won’t elaborate.

My brain is numb. My ideas have been sucked out of me and splotched on the white canvas of my writing program.

You can tell. My brain is not working.

I’m hoping that I will begin to recover on December 1st because as you know so well I have one day left – one day. And I have to get it validated to be a winner. So I better finish it during the day. read more

NaNoWriMo Day 22

I’m through most of the month. I’m dying.

At this point I’m not so sure of myself. I might not hit that 50,000 mark.

It’s the end of day 22 and it feels like it doesn’t matter anymore. I know it does. I know I have to keep pushing.

I’m trying to remember last week. Actually I’m trying to duplicate last week. It was my best week yet. I’ll tell you why.

Do you remember that movie “What About Bob” starring Bill Murray?

If you do, you sure remember the key words in that film, “baby steps.” read more

Just When I Think All Hope Is Lost – NaNoWriMo Day 15

It’s day 15 of NaNoWriMo.

I’m way behind my word count. By the end of today, I should be at 25,005. But I’m going into today with only 16,155 words.

Two days ago I was racking my brain. The usual question on my mind –  how am I going to move this novel forward? It’s not working as smoothly as I would like and the writing is nowhere near the level I expect of myself. Maybe this whole writing thing just isn’t for me. Maybe I should just give up altogether. To add insult to injury, the love of my life comes along and says something that sounds like “you’re just writing for fun, it’s not like you’ll ever get published.” And then I just want to give up. Give away all my pens, burn all my notebooks and be done with pretending I’m a writer. read more

NaNoWriMo Day 8

And I’m behind.

My official word count is 8075 words. What it should be by the end of today is 13,336.

So while I won’t hit even 13,o00 words today, it IS still possible for me to make the 50,000 word goal by the end of the month.

NaNoWriMo is teaching me a lot. Endurance for one

Hopefully I will hit 9,500 words today. At least that.(Yes, I know I will still be behind.)

So I’m going to keep this post short today.

My apologies if I’ve disappointed.

I’m just hoping that by the end of the month I will have reached 50,00o words and I’ll be able to tell you at length about the experience. read more

NaNoWriMo – Day 1

Day 1 of NanoWriMo. I woke up all revved up to write. And then of course I realize that the fridge is empty and that really the first thing I better write is a shopping list. So I take care of the list and then of the shopping and then I realize that it’s my dear husband’s 40th birthday in 5 days and which I’ve already discussed with the kids and they in turn have given me a list of tasks to tackle. And since the supermarket is close to one of the places I need to pick up stuff from, shouldn’t I already get one thing off the list as well? Then of course I remember once again that it’s NaNoWriMo this month and that I’m going to be sitting a lot at my desk, so I better once and for all get myself that lamp, since it’s too damn dark at my desk at night and that’s definitely the reason I’m not as productive in the winter as I am in the summer. And then there’s that 6km run I need to get out of the way. Once I have the lamp I’ll be able to work at night, but I have such a hard kicking myself out of the house to run when the weather begins getting colder. Ok, did that too. 6km are out of the way. I forgot to turn the boiler on before going for a run. No hot water. I have 20 minutes until the kids get home and until the water warms up. How many words do I have to write again? 1,667. Each day. Write. I mean right. I’ve got to break them down into chunks I can swallow. Ok. I know exactly how I want the first twelve scenes of my story to be written. Say I do 278 words for the first six scenes. I should be able to handle that. Great. I have the first 196 words of the first scene – done. The kids are at the door. “Mummy you stink.” “I just finished my run, I’m going to shower.” Out of the shower. “Ok, who’s hungry? Who has homework?” “D, you have to finish all your homework before BA tonight.” I have to go pick up M. I come back with the two-year-old. “Asi, when are you coming home?” “Not early.” No way I’ll be able to make it to Ilene’s workshop tonight. Two kids are in pajamas and one kid is at BA. Asi finally comes home. “Asi, I have to go get the new lamp assembled” – I’m more technically challenged than the man at the store assumed I would be – despite my warning and my explicit request for him to assemble the lamp when I bought it. Lamp fixed, assembled that is, and I even found a light bulb. One kid sleeping, one kid watching Freddy Mercury in Wembley stadium with her father and one kid watching his last YouTube video before going to sleep. Right. One kid sleeping, one kid in bed and one kid having a meltdown. It’s 9:46pm. I still haven’t really begun working on my NaNoWriMo challenge for today. But now I did finish my blog post for today and now, after I’ve beamed it up to cyberspace I can say that my NaNoWriMo challenge for today has a happy ending. 1,730 words. Can’t wait for tomorrow. read more