04 January 2010

December in Review

Happy New Year, everyone! I hope you all had a happy and safe holiday time, and managed to get some rest in amongst all the family and food and parties. I had a lovely time up north in the warm (although some nights were too warm!), and Thursday night we took the boat out on the lake and parked in a convenient location - to be rewarded at midnight with fireworks virtually right overhead, and no crowds :) We did this last year, and it's fantastic.

Also, I conveniently had to buy some books that I'll be teaching when I start my new job at the end of the month. I was totally tragified by the price compared to all the books I bought when I was over in the States, but still - new shinies!!

...Which is all well and good, but now I have another 6 books I'll have to read to get the TBR pile under 200 (GTTBRPU200) by the end of the month :S I am halfway through the two month time period, and over halfway through the book-count though (21 read, 14 to go), so I may make it after all :)

Right. December. What did I do therein? Not much :P I had grand plans to finish off HNOT and HH, and to get HH edited up to lesson 3 of How To Revise Your Novel (HTRYN), which would have meant a total word count of around 35,000. What did I actually achieve?

12,877 words. Less than half :P

HNOT got the flick pretty early on; I wrote 3,998 words on it in the first 3 days of December and then it just... died. Now that it's January, I've picked it up again, but it seems that I usually need December to work on non-braining projects after NaNo and during the Christmas rush season. That's okay; 13k is still a decent month, so it's not like NaNo kills my productivity :)

6,398 of the remaining words were on HH, which I did, in fact finish. Huzzah!! The editing is progressing well, though at a slower speed than anticipated due to week's break right before Christmas. I'm up to lesson 3, though, so only one behind where I wanted to be at the end of the month, and lesson 1 was the big long long lesson :)

The final remaining words were - believe it or not - hand written, which is unheard of for me. However, having the break from the computer really did me good. These 2,481 words were on a combination of a short that I've been flirting with off and on for the last few months, and on Fever and Earth, the next novelette in my planned 'series'.

Aside: The series isn't really a series, since none of the stories will be connected, but just for fun I'm doing at least three and hopefully more (if they get a good response!) anthrofiction novelettes - Hunter Hunted was the first, with tigers; Fever and Earth is the second, with horse spirits. After that comes wolves, and then I think the orcas... :D

So, overall it's been a refreshing and relaxing month brain-wise, which is, really, exactly what I needed.

How was your December? Did you manage any productivity, or did the Black Hole of Holidays totally suck you in? :)


Danyelle said...

Yay for December being refreshing and relaxing for you. I hope your January is even better even though it'll be (maybe) a little busier. :D

The black hole of moving sucked me in, but I have emerged victorious!

*insert evil laughter*

Merc said...

Uh... I wrote. I think it was a decent amount. *has not tallied anything yet*

But December wasn't too bad. ;)

Nice work, Inky. :D *anticipates the wolfs novelette muchly*

Angela said...

I'm glad you had a great December. I jope good things are in store for all of us in 2010!

Yunaleska said...

Yay for a great December. You must be excited about the new job. Hope you can still fit in writing time!

Krispy said...

Yay for a refreshing December! Mine was a little bit of both - Holiday craziness + much needed down-time. It's only the first day back at work and I'm already missing my 4 day weekend. Haha.

Good luck with the new job! How exciting!!!

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