I completed nano this year with a total of 53,329 words writing not a novel but as a nano rebel, an official group on the official nano website. I didn’t bother to post anything yesterday as I had a luncheon to attend and then I worked in the afternoon and was held an hour over. I did buy a few groceries and came back home.
Writing something was the last thing on my mind. If I was short on words, I probably would have stayed up till midnight if needed getting the job done, but since I already had my words in, I called it quits.
I will try to make some of my posts on bubblews available to any that would like to check them out, but instead of linking them here, I will put them on my other blog that I mentioned last week. That will be http://www.muchadoaboutfreelancing.wordpress.com.
Of course, you can also go to my profile and read whatever article that you’d like directly on bubblews. The link is on the first post I wrote for this year, and I will make it available again on my freelancing blog in the next few days.
I got my remaining words in for nano during the first post of the day today. That means I’ve already written 50,000 words. As many already know, I’m not writing a novel, but I ‘m using all the words I’ve written on Bubblews toward my word count, that means that I’m one of many nano rebels. I’m still going to continue to count the words I write the rest of the week and see how much higher I get that the goal.
Last night I tried for the upteenth time to log into the official nano site and I don’t remember my password. I tried to have it sent to my email address, but it never came through. I don’t know if the glitch is on the nano end or on my email server end. If needed I suppose I can start up a new account one more time.
My two posts for today so far are:
Total today is 1585 words
Well I was thinking first thing this morning about taking a break from all my writing so I can get a head start on my bookkeeping before the end of the year as I’ve not been doing much with it. Then I remembered that I have to wait until next month to lay low for a bit because I still have nano to complete. So, sorry folks but you’re not going to be rid of me yet.
I did a bit better today as I wrote two extra posts than yesterday. Not bad considering that I got quite a few things done around the house today. I bought tags for my husband’s car which are due before the New Year, got dishes done, a bit of laundry. Cleaned the new stove some, and the counters. Filled out some forms; online and off, and some other tidbits here and there. And I almost forgot I worked on a manuscript that I’m helping to edit as well. Granted it’s for a children’s book so it’s not very long, but there is still a lot to remember and make sure that it’s the best it can be.
Now for what I wrote today:
Total words 2136. Good that will help make up for yesterday. One of these days I need to sign in to the official nano site and begin to upload my actual words so they can make the count for me. It will take work to accomplish this and with getting ready for Thanksgiving, I’m not sure when I’ll be able to fit it in, but I expect that I will somewhere along the way and hopefully not at the last minute.
I did well today, hopefully I made up some for Thursdays lack. I don’t have time for chit-chat, so here goes.
Total words for the day is 2409
Well today was a different sort of day entirely. I switched shifts with someone from work and ended up working a seven hour shift, but didn’t get much done at home because of it.
I was going to post at least four items tonight, but the bubblews web site is undergoing updates and it’s running slow, so I only got two in.
Total for today 1618 words
Didn’t get a lot written today at all, only two posts. I worked a small job this morning, ate lunch and then got ready for the afternoon job. It was busy this afternoon/evening because of all the men going deer hunting this weekend. We were short staffed, so the majority of us were held over our scheduled shifts.
Then I had to buy a couple of things from work, so I didn’t get back home until 11pm. If I was inspired, I could still write something, but I wasn’t, so I didn’t. Here are my two posts from earlier today.
Surprise, surprise, it looks like I only had time for one post this morning, so that is it folks.
510 from my bubblews post and 124 from here = 634.
This is the end of my experience with being a nano rebel in 2012, and it was exciting to see all those words coming together, especially since I got no where near this amount of words when I’ve done nano in the past.
Just so you know, I’m starting this last post in November at 7:49pm and I got out of work only five minutes late, an amazing feat for a Friday before the Holidays.
In future years, whether I’m a rebel again or do an actual novel, I will take the time to upload the words as I write them before the day is over so I won’t have to agonize over that part of it at the final end. Had I known that I could still verify my words as a nano rebel, I would have started this sooner.
I have a salad waiting for me to complete this, for it’s hard to write and eat at the same time, which possibly many of you know for yourselves. My current salad is made with Dole greener select. I’d prefer something a bit healthier, but this is the lettuce my husband prefers, and if we have too many kinds opened at once there is that many more to wilt quickly.
With my salad I have shredded cheese, this happens to be Kraft brand, cut a bit bigger, but I prefer smaller shreds (if there is such a word-well there is, but it doesn’t seem right there) and I have no problem eating some store brands, they don’t all have to be name brands.
I have one piece of deli ham which I cut up with a knife, I have one hard-boiled egg, cut, I could have cucumbers, but that would make me cold, so I didn’t bother for the night. Another thing that i enjoy to put on my salads is a product by Fresh Gourmet. It’s flavored crispy onions, similar to the onions that go into green bean casserole, but these are located in the produce section in my store and we like both the onion and garlic flavor. It also comes in tortilla flavors, but if I’m going to have taco salad, I’d prefer to have a basic taco chip.
I have planned on doing a food report and taking pictures, which I might still do one day. I had to wait until my husband’s printer was fixed as it kept saying there was a cartridge error. The error may show up because we don’t use brand name ink cartridges, but rather get the ink refilled by a franchise in our area called Cartridge World.
It’s much less expensive and after every tenth purchase we get one free. They even can fix certain printers depending on what is wrong with them. Sometimes they, the printers, just need the heads cleaned, I believe they do that for free. Other things might only cost $20.00, less expensive than purchasing a new printer.
We had this problem with the same type of printer last year, but we didn’t know that Cartridge World could fix them so inexpensively. Since we did like the printer, we purchased a new one. The new one didn’t last long before it too began to act up.
We quit purchasing Dell printers because they eventually wouldn’t accept ink done elsewhere rather than purchasing Dell cartridges. They worked okay for quite a while, then all of a sudden they wouldn’t work anymore. We liked both printers, but they shouldn’t be able to decide where we purchase our ink especially since brand name is normally so much more expensive.
It’s annoying when you put your money into a printer and then it doesn’t last as long as you expect it too. I think this is a problem whether you spend a lot or a little on printers, as it’s a problem with almost anything we buy these days.
In fact, maybe you all know this, but sometime in the past someone had the bright idea to manufacture things without providing the quality we were always used to. They figured it would force us to purchase another item that much more quickly than we had to before.
I have a kitchen floor that is over sixty years old. It does need to be replaced now because since my husband can’t take off his shoes, there is ground in dirt in the crevices-it’s like an Armstrong floor. I talked with someone I know that their floor looked in decent shape compared to ours and she was planning on replacing her floor and I then found out that it was only nineteen years old. That is a big difference on things lasting not as long as they used to. The same is true for appliances: washers, dryers, refrigerators, stoves and the like.
We used to purchase a package of towels that we used to clean windows, they were nice and thick and lasted several seasons. Now we’re lucky if they last six months and that’s even without using bleach on them, for bleach thins them out even faster.
Well everyone, I now have 846 words and I only needed 657, so I’m closing this post now. i may come back once to chat a bit to finalize my nano project for 2012. Again I welcome all of you to my other blogs, and I plan on visiting all of your blogs within the next two weeks or so.
It’s finally the last day of nano and I’m still typing away hoping to close out the day with success. I do have to work tonight and I may be held as we are short cashiers and have been for six months or so.
I was told we were hiring so my daughter finally got her second application in to work in my department. I say finally because the system locked her out somehow and after several tries over several days she was able to access the application area online. She along with my other daughter (I think) put in applications in the fall. The managers at my job site did a day of interviews at our location-a job fair if you will- and my daughters had to miss that as it was one of the days of their finals at school. I guess that must have been last winter classes as they didn’t go this fall, hmm. I was thinking it was more recent than that. See how time flies?
Anyhow, our secretary had been in and out of the hospital and in and out of work as she was in a car accident and somehow she misplaced a group of the applications that were sent in. Even they were done online, they were still misplaced. Maybe they will show up in a folder somewhere time, who knows. I mean how does one lose something that was sent online? I guess it could have been deleted, but they don’t know.
I was really hoping that at least one of my kids would get a job there as they’d be able to get their own insurance after a short time which would mean that I could take them off of mine and not have to pay that out anymore. Plus even though my insurance is a decent insurance, several plans are offered to fit the need of the varied employees, it doesn’t cover my kids for dental and vision plans. We have to pay for that out of pocket.
The only benefit to the place we go for dental and vision is that they allow us to do the windows of their homes and count it toward any funds we weren’t able to pay for with the insurance or our flex cards. We could probably pay for everything every year with the flex cards, but then we wouldn’t have that money to pay for prescriptions or other work we’d like done especially if it isn’t covered by the insurance in the first place.
Unfortunately, the dentist where the largest bills usually are has the smallest house and only has it done yearly, so it doesn’t make much of a dent in the yearly bill. For vision work our family uses two different doctors, a father an son in the practice together. We clean the father’s home several times per year especially if the bill is large enough to warrant it and if they are around town enough, the son’s house we may do more than once a year, but lately we’ve had a problem getting their when the Missus us home for the day, and have only been able to do part of the job, it still helps with the bill.
Last night I was trying to get as much typed as I could and began to feel flushed. I took my temperature and it wasn’t high at all in fact it was a few degrees under the normal. I didn’t feel great either.
I did eat a late meal, not until 9:30 at night. That doesn’t usually bother me, but I’ve been trying to get better and not do that anymore. At first I was just going to have some carrots and dip, but my husband decided to make a hamburger and that looked and sounded good also, so I switched to having that instead. I think that may have been the big mistake, or it may have been because I’m close to the wire on nano and I’d really like to get this done.
I guess if I get the 50k words and can’t get the in the verification in time, I will still know I succeeded and that I should feel good about that. But it would be nice if I can get it verified along with only getting the words written. That would be a nice accomplishment also.
Had I known I was doing nano before it began I may have taken a bit of time to check out the main site more to find out what I would need to do when it was over. I didn’t realize that even nano rebels are allowed to verify their word count at the end.
Because I didn’t know this, I of course have the blogs that I have written during the month, but what I didn’t save was all the words I wrote in the chats and other formats during the month. I suppose I could look back at all the reviewing I did, I know I have a copy of those things. I’m hoping that I can come up with enough writing that I did in November even though I may not have counted it all day by day. I’m going to be honest and not count something I already counted before, otherwise I might as well write word, word word, at infintim (I’ve thought this word before-it appears there is no such thing?), not something I would be proud about.
Ooh, the end is near. I just checked the words I have her so far and ones that I wrote since I posted my count last on the nano site and I only have 1923 words to go. I’ll still have to find words to put on my document to upload, but at least this part may be done before I head off to work.
I was even wondering last night if the way I was feeling may have been related to a bit of stress to get this done on time. Maybe it was even a bit of both.
So, what else might I want to talk about?
We had to start cutting down the hours of our employees, I should even just do all the inside work myself as we’re basically only having money to pay them and not much left over to pay any bills, but with me working six days a week at my job and standing the whole time I’m there, doing the work with windows isn’t something I look forward to doing alone. Don’t get me wrong, I’d rather work windows that cashier, but they both have their benefits and drawbacks.
Standing on your feet all day long/ or night as it is for me; well not exactly as I begin mid afternoon and work until I’m allowed to go home. But regardless, it’s on one’s feet. No one at my location has the option of sitting down on the job, other than maybe the secretary, the person that runs the store, maybe certain managers as they are doing their responsibilities but normally they are on the floor working, and other folks like security-if they have to view the cameras or do paperwork- and the system people. The rest are always on their feet either at one station or walking around stocking and the like.
The only ones that have a rug to stand on are the greeters, even then, I don’t consider that an easy job to do. I’ve had to fill in sometimes if they are short help or if it’s a busy day.
Even though at our registers we do have a mat to stand on, they are older mats, some are curled up on the edges mostly from cashiers trying to fit them in the area which isn’t a perfect rectangle. When I work at the ones that have curled, I have to be extra careful not to trip on the curled areas, which I’ve done often enough. It doesn’t help my knees feel any better when that happens.
When we have to watch over the self check out areas and help customers there, for me it’s better on my knees to walk around, but my feet also have issues and it’s hard after a while to be on my feet walking as we’re not supposed to stand in one place and there are no mats to stand on at all.
When you are younger do your best to stay physically fit by being active in one way or the other. It will help not only your organs, your body in general but it should help prevent major problems with your circulation.
My sister, who is eleven months younger than I am was told recently that she is beginning to show signs of varicose veins in her legs, yet even though we are so close in age, she may go twenty or more years before her legs are where mine are right now.
Mine may be more related to some medicine I had in 1995 and then it was an especially hot summer and my legs swelled up leaving behind discoloration on my ankle region. Eventually that area would look compressed when I wore any type of socks, but I don’t believe that was a problem as soon as the discoloration showed up in that area. I think it took place many years later.
It wasn’t until my husband was being cared for by a surgeon that deals with varicose veins and other vein issues, (he was the surgeon that amputated my husband’s leg-discussed a bit in some of the earlier blogs). When we were in the office for an appointment for my husband, with the physicians assistant and I asked why my leg got that way from wearing socks. She told me it was because I had bad circulation. Lovely, I thought. Just what I need, another thing to go wrong with my body.
I don’t remember what year that was, but we checked it out with my insurance and found the in-office surgery would be covered. The next step was to do two ultrasounds on my legs. They do one at a time for you have to stand during them-you lay down on a table that has a section at the bottom that your feet are against so that when they raise it up to a standing position you are standing on the end section of the bed.
One of the ultrasound technicians was the same person that helped when my husband was first admitted to the hospital several years before. I had seen him since where I work and he’s very nice. He let me watch the ultrasound as he did it and answered questions I had about a few of the different things I could see. It was quite interesting.
Before I had the ultrasound I had planned on waiting until it was closer to when I retired from my job as I figured standing may not help it get any better. but he told me that everyone that had it done loved it and that they didn’t have any further problems with it after the surgery.
I should have checked that out with the surgeon or at least the physicians assistants. It wasn’t until I was having the first leg done, and I was talking to them about the procedure-I wanted to remember it so I could write an article about it-the Doctor then told me that it doesn’t last forever. It causes the current veins that don’t work properly to die, but other veins will take it’s place and hopefully won’t get bad very quickly, but there are no guarantees.
The main difference with the surgeries they do now and the ones they did twenty years ago is that it does last longer, but if the activities you do are the same you always did before, the problem will probably resurface again.
Had I continued to wear support hose maybe the effects from the surgery would have lasted longer, but the support hose made my feet hurt, that was an ongoing problem and with my job it wasn’t that easy to go to the public bathroom and take them off or put them on during part of the shift. It was either wear them all day or not at all. Eventually I wore them less and less.
I have to get ready for work, so I’m going to check my words, put this into the site and hope I get out early enough to at least finish my word count even if I can’t verify the words I wrote. If the latter happens, I’ll just have to work twice as hard next year, if I decided to do nano again right away, and try to get the word completed at the minimum a day before the due date if not before.
This post is 2158 other words for the day are 708, totaling 2866
Ooh, the end is in site, I only have 657 words to go
Tonight I attended a meeting at a library about half an hour from my house. The meeting was called: A Writer’s Night. There were five authors on the panel, several have published what would be considered the normal route, although as things keep changing that won’t be so normal in the future. Several of them have begun to utilize self-publishing and that might mean different things to different people including authors and publishers.
Some of the people on the panel considered self-publishing such that the author did all the work or at least found others to do what was needed for them. They would find and pay an editor, they would either illustrate the cover themselves or find and pay someone that would put that together. Most of them would market the book themselves.
One of the authors considered a publishing company that did the work for the author for a sum of money a vanity press, but one of the authors there did not consider her publishing company in that way. I thing the difference would be whether the author made sure the company they picked was one that provided editing services or not. If not then the author should make sure that they do have someone in the business look over and proof their work ahead of time to make sure it is the best before sending it off to a publisher, unless editing is in the package deal.
Even if editing is in the package deal, the author may want to check out other books published by that same company and make sure it’s not riddled with errors. Even though a company says they provided editors, who’s to know for sure how well the editors do their work?
Probably the majority of the time that a book is riddled with errors it is because the author never considered that the publisher wouldn’t have an editor look at the material before it was published. That would be considered vanity press the way that I understand it. Whether it is because the author didn’t want any changes made or because they didn’t make sure someone would be editing it, it would still appear unfinished to the reader, and cause the reader to reconsider purchasing that authors books in the future.
I have a book in my possession that is just such a book. It was written for young adults and is a mystery with the main character being an American Indian. It would be a great book if it had been edited by someone with a background in American English, preferable someone with a major in English, Journalism or Editing, or other similar backgrounds.
As it is, it’s awful and how do you tell an author they made a mistake not getting it edited before publishing it? I don’t even know how old the author is. I suppose I could do a book review of it, but I would want to use a pen name I think.
I had my husband read it to see what he thought. I haven’t read it for several years and all I remembered was that it wasn’t written very well. He reminded me of some of the other problems it had. The plot had holes in it. It was a murder/mystery. The main character was a sleuth, supposedly like Nancy Drew, except this person would talk about clues she would find and then nothing was ever mentioned about it ever again in the book. There were lots of issues like that all the way through the book.
I remember that I was going to give up reading it before I even got part way done, but kept hoping that the author would get it together before too long, but it never improved.
We don’t want our readers to ever think that way about anything we write, therefore we need to consider getting someone other than a friend or relative to read anything we plan on publishing.
For my freelancing blog after nano, I hope to research the different types of publishing, there are many more types of newer publishing than what there used to be. I think some of them people consider to be cross-overs maybe because they don’t understand what everything means or realize that if something is edited first, almost any type of publishing might be fine for the book should be in tip-top shape before it ever hits the bookstores or the e-book distributors.
One of the authors that also does self-publishing for other authors believes that places like lulu.com, create-space and author house (?) are all ones that will take any book whether the book is the best it can be or not. While that may be true, it doesn’t mean that everyone that uses one of those as a means for publishing didn’t get their books edited first, for I know several authors that have used them after editing them first.
One thing that was mentioned by one of the authors was that many people tell us to write what we know, but she recommends that we write what we enjoy reading in our leisure time.
One self-publisher that you want to do a lot of background checking for first before considering is Xlibris. We found out about them over ten years ago and were planning on publishing with them one day. At the time I think they may have been a good publishing company. We first heard about them in the beginning of 2000 or so. When we found them again, we thought they were still a good company but then found out some things online that weren’t the best.
Anywhere you approach to get your items published you do want to read the fine print to make sure you retain exclusive rights to your items.
There are still small press companies that work similar to larger publishing houses in that they will allow you to submit manuscripts to them, and if they agree they will offer you a contract, fine tune the editing-after you have it edited first- and then it follows their process to publication.
I work for such a small press in that I’m a intern submission editor. I read the first three chapters of a larger novel, or if it’s a children’s book it would be the whole story. I determine whether the ms should be accepted, rejected outright or sent back for revision.
I have accepted a few but most of them need some revision. One of them I got back after it was supposed to be revised and I really wanted to accept the story because I really liked the story line and what it was teaching, but many of the things that I pointed out the first time through were never changed in the revision process.
A different one that I was reading, I don’t remember everything about it, but when it was into the third chapter there was a line written in orange that said ‘edited to here’. For one thing if you put something like that on a page so you know how far you got, you make sure you take it out before sending it to a publisher, and for the other thing the sections before hand weren’t edited like they thought they were.
As you have probably noticed while I’ve worked on this blog and some of my other ones is that I’m not perfect with my punctuation. I am getting better. I’m learning about comma splices and trying to eliminate them in my writing, but I know that I have a long way to go. When writing dialog I used to do it incorrectly, so when I write dialog now I have to think is that the way I used to do it or the right way? Sometimes I can’t remember. I would like to find my copy of Strunks and White that I have buried somewhere, but I also can download a style sheet from the publisher I work with and I hope to study that during the winter months when I’m not so busy.
As I said yesterday, I need to work on active voice rather than passive, using stronger verbs and another thing I don’t think I’ve mentioned yet is that I need to work on showing rather than telling in my stories.
I know that in certain stories that I’ve written I’ve done fairly well, with others I fall short. I’m hoping that I can find a writing class that teaches that so I can tell the difference. For me, to understand the difference I think it’s if you’re reading something and it reads like you are reading a newspaper, then that is telling, whereas if you are able to be a part of the story it’s showing.
The only thing is, if you are reading a newspaper article and you happen to know the person it’s talking about, you could envision yourself there and to you that would be showing… That makes me think that my understanding of it is all wrong.
Any of you have an easy way to keep it straight?
This post is 1531 while other writing I wrote earlier is-766, totals 2297
I don’t have much time left, I feel like I should stay up all night and get my writing in, but I can’t. I do have the day off from working the cashiering job tomorrow, but I have employees that would like to work. With the cold snap we’ve been having I don’t really want to work, but we do need to make money to pay the bills so I really have no choice but to work-if only for part of the day.
The high tomorrow is supposed to get to about 35, but it’s supposed to feel about six degrees colder than what the thermometer shows all day. That means it will be brisk working outside. For some of our jobs the person that handles the ladder, usually a guy, is the one that works outside while the rest of us girls/women work inside. Then when we finish with the inside we will help with the outside.
Tomorrow, all our jobs are on the outside, something I’m not looking forward to at all. I could just drive everyone there and stay in the car, which I may have to do part of the day as my knees are still healing-they are a lot better, but not perfect. They won’t be perfect I don’t think unless or until I get a knee replacement, but someday’s they are better than others. They’ve been healing up each day from when I sprained them. I think if I didn’t have to stand on them for my whole shift that they would be a lot better, but that’s how life is.
If I wasn’t working tomorrow, I could spend the whole day writing. Why is it that a few days ago when I did have some quality time to write, I was word-less. I won’t say I had writer’s block, because I don’t really believe in that, but I wasn’t in the mood to think of something worthwhile to say.
Now, that I’m getting closer to the wire I don’t think I’m too concerned about having something worthwhile to say so much as getting to the overall goal of 50k by Friday. I’ve never been this close before, it’s rather fun don’t you think?
For those of you that this is your first nano. When you get those 50k words completed make sure you get them verified with the official site, I think you have to upload your writing somewhere on the site. I haven’t done it myself yet, so I can’t help you there. I did ask a friend about it and she gave me some hints as I’ve not been keeping every word I’ve written since much of it is from so many different sources.
I hope to have time tomorrow evening to copy everything I’ve written on my many blogs onto a word document, then I’ll see how many words I’m lacking. I should be able to find some of the chats that I chatted (lol), and I can find all the reviews I did for the month even if I didn’t actually remember to use them.
The problem I might have is that my workers might want to work Friday morning and I’ll be working Friday night. I may not get out of work in enough time to work on the document then. Tomorrow, my husband and I planned on going thirty minutes away to a library to hear a talk by four or five authors that have published using different means like self-publishing, small press publishing and maybe others.
One other thing I thought about discussing sometime, and I’ll see how much time I have to do it now is passive voice.
Unfortunately, I know that I overuse passive voice on here. One thing I do like about Word Press is that it will tell you when you have used passive voice; the thing I don’t like about it is that it won’t give you suggestions on what you can do to make it better. When I’m not writing in a hurry, I’ve taken the time to try to make it right, but nowadays I’ve just been okay-ing the post since I’m trying to get as many in before midnight as I possibly can.
I’d like to get better with active voice, not using adverbs, or at least knowing when it’s okay to use them and when it’s better to steer clear. State of action verbs I know are no, no’s. I attended an online conference last month and learned a bit about that, but the author leading the workshop says you have to use some, just not the amount that many of us do use. So that would be another area to improve one’s writing in.
There are so many other things that I need to improve in my writing. I took a class at the community college last year and one of them was English Comp. I hoped to learn some of these things, but I think I’d have to talk to someone to find out if there were any classes dealing with these topics. I might have to take courses through the writing site that I keep talking about, since I know they do teach about comma’s and punctuation. That in itself would be a good start.
An additional 920 words in this post. (Slowly I’m creeping up there. This will make 44,179 for me so far). The coolest thing about adding words to me is seeing the lines get closer to the diagonal line at the top of the stats page.
- The Basics of Passive Voice vs Active Voice (youngatink.wordpress.com)
- It Was Written In the Passive Voice (stgrady.wordpress.com)
- Writing & Editing: Find and Eliminate Useless Verbs (mbweston.com)