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? :)