The White Towel

After much deliberation, soul searching, throwing my hands in the air like I just don’t care, and many salty tears, I have officially given up on both NaNoWriMo and NaBloPoMo this year. I could go on about all the things going on in my life but we all have things we’re dealing with. The world won’t stop for us every November, so we have to find a way to squeeze all of this in without missing a beat. I’ve done a horrible job of that.

I still intend to work on this NaNo book, The Waking Dream, though it may have to wait until I (finally) finish The Shadow Without and AfterLife.

Best of luck to those still in the race. I’ll see you at the starting line next year.

S.L. Madden


Going Nowhere Fast

I know we still have another 10 days before the end of NaNo, but I’m reaching the point where I have to face facts.  While it’s possible for me to finish over the 50K mark, it’s highly implausible.  I’d have to double my original expected output each day for the rest of the month.  Again, it could be done, but I don’t see it happening.  I have Natalie all weekend, plus plans for Thanksgiving.  I know, I know… excuses.

Speaking of excuses:

~I think part of my problem this year was my interest level.  If all goes well, I have a book coming out next month (Together Alone), and most of my energy has been diverted toward the launch.  And because I’m caught up in that, the next book, The Blood Contract, has been calling to me.  In contract, my NaNo book, 7 Days, has been falling flat.  Perhaps when I bring it to group and hear it read aloud I’ll feel a bit better about it, but by then, it’ll be too late.

~Also, my writing has been sub-par (even for me).  I know this is the roughest of the rough drafts, but I keep feeling like I’m not writing this story the way it needs to be written.  As such, I feel like I’m spinning my wheels a bit, wasting my time when I could be putting the focus on finishing up my existing series.

~I know there is no perfect month to set aside to write a novel, but between the divorce, integrating Jenn into the household, getting used to having Natalie every other weekend, and all the other happy stuff that’s been going on, I really haven’t put as much attention on NaNo this year as I did last.  I’m not trying to say these things are bad necessarily (especially having Jenn move in), but they have been mentally and temporally taxing.

So, there’s my meager list of excuses for why I’m apt to fail this year.  I promise to continue working on this particular book through the end of the month, to see how far I can get, but I’m not going to kill myself trying to make it happen.

On the plus side, however, I have yet to fail NaBloPoMo.

S.L. Madden

(Also… yay 150th post!)