Friday, November 16, 2012

NaNo Check-in #5

Progress (word count or a general status update): 28,706

Mood: For anyone paying attention to Twitter this afternoon, you know that my mood is high. Elated? Certainly full of exclamation points. I finally figured out what scenes I needed to push through the middle to the next turning point in this story!

Inspiration: Even though I'm beyond thrilled with this story right now, I'm still in the throes of querying my dragon hunters story. While I've had some successes, rejection is always hard, especially when reading REALLY awesome books. That being said, today's inspiration is more for my writing journey than NaNoWriMo. From Francine Prose:

“To be truthful, some writers stop you dead in your tracks by making you see your own work in the most unflattering light. Each of us will meet a different harbinger of personal failure, some innocent genius chosen by us for reasons having to do with what we see as our own inadequacies. The only remedy to this I have found is to read a writer whose work is entirely different from another, though not necessarily more like your own—a difference that will remind you of how many rooms there are in the house of art.” 

Goals as of today: I'm taking a quick break from today's writing (a reward for getting 1/3 of the way through today's goal) to write this update. I'm hoping to finish at 3,000 today--though I may push on to 4,000 because tomorrow's schedule is filling up pretty fast.

Recent Favorite NaNo-WIP Line: (not revised)
Mason could kiss her. 

He looked down at her. The starlight played across her face. She looked tired and worn, but she was all peace. Her skin was fair and smooth. Her long, dark eyelashes rested against her cheeks.

Mason wanted to kiss her.

Her short hair was matted to her forehead. Mason pressed his hand to her skin. It still burned. He brushed her hair away from her face and sighed.
Mason couldn’t kiss her.

Non-NaNo News: My husband's work just started selling a knock-off of Butter Beer (can you make a knock-off of something fictional?). Guys, it's as good as I always dreamed it would be.

Something Shiney (posts of fun things, other friends blog posts, etc.): Here's that butter beer I was talking about.

Happy writing!


  1. Thanks so much for this update, Liz! You are doing AMAZING with NaNo, and I love the exclamation points! It makes me feel more a part of NaNo even though I'm not participating this year :) Also, so excited for you and cheering for you with your querying - I hope one day I get to read your dragon hunger's story. I also really, really want to know why Mason couldn't kiss her! Thank you for sharing this awesome tidbit and hope you have a wonderful weekend!

    1. Thanks for stopping by Temre! I'm glad my Twitter updates are enjoyable and not too much. :) And thanks for the cheers for my querying!

  2. Awesome segment, Liz! I love how it's framed with "Mason could kiss her" and "Mason couldn't kiss her". Love it! I say, "Kiss her, Mason!" :) You're doing so great with NaNo.

    I'm having Butterbeer envy right now. Just sayin'...

    1. OMG it's so delicious. Now that body combat is over, I may have to open the one I bought this afternoon.

  3. That's so exciting that you had a writing breakthrough! I'd be elated too. This latest NaNo excerpt is great. I'm with Jaime--Mason should just kiss her. And knock-off butter beer? I'd be tanking back a few bottles of that. We always just add butterscotch extract to root beer. It works, but not nearly as fun as that bottle!

    1. Ha! This butter beer is a butter scotch cream soda. I wonder what it would taste like in root beer! Glad you liked the excerpt. Can't wait to share the whole thing with you (once I heavily revise it, of course)! :)

  4. You are doing so awesome, Liz, and I am so thrilled that you've had a plotting breakthrough... What a relief! I LOVE your snippet. Perfect teen angst, no matter what the setting or century. Best of luck with the querying because I obviously need to read your stories. Like, now. :-)