Tuesday, January 3, 2012

You Know What's Weird?

It's weird to be Facebook friends with people you had small crushes on in high school or earlier. Weird to remember that little thrill of passion when you saw them or talked to them, only now to see them in photos with their wives and little kids. And you in yours. Weird.

I've been writing pretty steadily for the past five days. As any of my Twitter followers know, I start back to the new semester of nursing school this coming Monday, January 9th. Back when I was college the first time, I actually looked forward to the return to semester. Breaks felt like a lot of flailing around with nothing to do. This time, I'd easily give an arm for another month or two. I know there's no sense in complaining, but I'll do it anyway, right?

Anyhoodle, I've pretty much written this entire draft of Token (new title pending) in fits and bursts. I went two and a half months without touching it, then did NaNoWriMo, then stopped, and have written almost another 20k since last Thursday. It's weird. I'm not like that. I'm definitely the tortoise--slow and steady, 2k per day kind of thing. But this has results, I can't deny it.

The book has a fairly extended climax, or rather several smaller climaxes before the big one (still talking book here.) I'm in the second of these four climaxes, and it's now to the point where Husband can tell what kind of scene I'm writing based on the angry music pounding out of our office while he plays Skyrim from the safety of our living room. So far the tune of choice has been A Perfect Circle's "Counting Bodies Like Sheep to the Rhythm of the War Drums."

My original write goal was to be at 80k by Friday, but now that I'm already nearly to 75k, I'm going to push it up to 85k by Saturday. I've had this crazy feeling that I won't be able to write once I start back, but that's silly. I have to save a little time this weekend to study, though, because guess what I have to do on my first day back in class? Take a test. And it's one of our pass/fail the program ones. No pressure. I'm not too concerned about it, honestly--it's a med calculation test, and I made a 100 on the one we took in November just like it. So yes, you want me to calculate your drug dosage. I'm also learning how to insert IV's and catheters this semester--any volunteers?

It snowed on Tuesday, too.


Anonymous said...

Man, we didn't get any snow on this side. Not even flurries. But the windshield washer buckets at the QT were frozen solid, so there's that.

I think you should test those IVs and catheters on the Hubs. I think that falls under "for better or worse" in those vows.

Linda G. said...

I'm still boggling at all those climaxes. Especially the extended one. Sounds like a fun book! ;)

Old Kitty said...

Congratulations with your wip progress!! Amazing!! Oh but good luck with your test! What killjoys - first day back too! Nevermind, I just know you'll ace this one, no problemo!

Happy New Year! Take care

Unknown said...

Way to go! So happy you've been writing and so productively. Haven't been to my blog today so don't know if you've been over there, but the worst thing happened yesterday. I realized the last 20K of my 25K NaNo novel disappeared. Don't know how it happened, but I suspect I inadvertently deleted it and saved without realizing my mistake. The text is missing in both my Dropbox file and flash drive file, which is why I think I'm to blame. Ugh. Still can't believe it.

DL Hammons said...

That's a really catchy title. I like it!! :)

Anne Gallagher said...

That's why I don't do FB. I'm afraid to see what those people look like now, (except for Norman, I'd love to see him). And I don't want anyone to see me.

Great going guns on your WIP. Sometimes writing happens like that so go with it. It's all good.

Hannah said...

LOL, you're such a weirdo. I think you can totally hammer out 85k by the end of your break. As so and plodding as you are, you're not even close to me. I'm not the slow and steady type, I write like you're doing now, in spurts. I blame it on my CDO and ADD, but it's really me psyching myself out.

As much as I would looooooooooooooove to help you with your IV's and catheters...I will respectfully decline.

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

I admire those who can write so fast!
Good luck on your test, Summer.

Sarah Ahiers said...

damn you and your snow thievery!!
Also, Counting Bodies is one of the best songs ever. EVAH!!!
And i think it fits well with skyrim.
Finally. You are going to ace that test. Fact.

Meredith said...

You have a test on the first day back? That's just cruel. But yay for getting some good writing done! I hope you reach your goal!

Sarah Allen said...

I can't say how much I admire you. You pull off way more than I could ever imagine, both in writing and just in general. Nursing school? I still think its incredible. So to do that plus write a novel says a lot for your awesomeness. Keep it up!

Sarah Allen
(my creative writing blog)

Talli Roland said...

Fantastic! Well done with your progress. And good luck with the catheter... it sounds... interesting.