Monday, July 14, 2014

In the blink of an eye...

...Camp NaNoWriMo is nearly half over, and I've achieved exactly nothing.

I blogged at the beginning of July, right after Camp NaNo started, and at the time I was feeling so optimistic I was planning on raising my word count goal.  I did end up raising it, from 10,000 words to 30,000 words, with the intention of working on it for at least an hour every day -- and counting each hour of revisions and timeline work as 1,000 words.

Unfortunately, that didn't happen.

The ugly truth is that I've been too busy.  I've been working a lot of extra hours at my nanny job -- the kids' mother asked me at the beginning of the summer if I could pick up some additional hours, so I ended up working 30 hours a week instead of 25.  On top of that, I have more babysitting work on the side than I have had during previous summers, and I've been freelancing part-time again -- something I haven't attempted during my summers as a nanny, precisely because I knew it would be too much.

I am hoping that I'll be able to turn things around this week and next, though.  I work less this week, since the kids are in all-day camps, and next week I am off entirely.  I do plan to spend a good portion of my free time at the barn, since I've hardly seen my horses all summer either, but I also plan on devoting as much time as possible to my novel.  I still will probably need to revise my word count goal (again), but that's okay -- if I can work on it daily for the next couple weeks, that's still a win in my book!

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