Underneath my yellow skin

NaNo rebel coming in hot

I’m writing this on Election Day and I’m stridently ignoring that tidbit until later tonight. I already voted a few weeks ago by mail so I don’t have to do anything today. Four years ago, I was pretty sure that Clinton would win so I watched with eagerness. My excitement turned to dread as the returns came in. Ian was with me and we both were stunned. I sunk into a deep depression when I realized the results and it was doubly terrible because I had been so sure Clinton would win.

Fast-forward to this year. Most of the predictions including Nate Silver (the one who called it for the president and got pilloried for it. I am ashamed to admit I was one who decried him for fearmongering for clickbait) are overwhelmingly pro-Biden, but I am not going to let that happen to me again. I’m hopeful it’s going to be Biden-Harris (though I have no love for Biden), but I have the growing dread that the president will somehow manage to get away with it. I don’t know what it means, but that it’ll be four more years.

So let’s not talk about it. Let’s talk about NaNoWriMo instead. Or NaNo Rebel. Or whatever. In two days, I’ve written 8,000 words. To be fair, I started at midnight on the 1st, which I count as the 31st of October in my brain (day doesn’t start until I get up), but it feels good to have almost 10,000 under my belt. It’s me writing a thousand words at a time–sometimes forcing myself. I had been trying to be kind and allowing myself to take breaks whenever I wanted. That led to me writing for five minutes, breaking for ten minutes, taking a smoke break, then back to writing for five minutes. Rinse, lather, repeat.

Now, I’ve told myself firmly that I have to write a thousand words before I can do anything else. Then, I take a small break and do a thousand more. It’s not been easy, but it’s been invigorating. It really has changed my writing habit and drastically. In addition, I feel better about this project than I did when I was babying myself.

To be clear–I’m not putting down self-care. I think it’s important to¬† know your limits and to honor the fact that it’s a really difficult time right now. There are days when you simply cannot (this seems to be one of them for me), but at least for me, it’s time to be a bit more strict with myself and only myself.

In addition, I set the goal of writing 100,000 words this month. I’m still sticking to it, but I’m toying with a few twists to my goal. For one thing, I want to do a short bio of each of the main characters. Or rather, a backstory for each. Especially each sister and the aunt because they are so important. Like a snapshot of each. It wouldn’t be included in the novel, but it would be a good addendum to the trilogy.

Nothing big. Just 5,000 word snippets of each character. There probably wouldn’t be one for the main character because all three novels have snippets of her life. Plus, a few of the besties. Maybe seven in total? That’s an extra 35,000 words. If I do that, then I really won’t finish by the end of the year. But it intrigues me. Therefore, I may do it. One of my issues is being very rigid in my thinking and once I get something in my head, I have a hard time bending from what I said I was going to do.

I feel excited when I think about writing these snapshots or capsules as you will. But I also like the idea of getting this whole novel done by the end of the year. I really don’t think both of these things will happen so I have to pick one or the other. It’s not a big deal which I finish first, but it’s just what I’m more excited about at the moment. I may try one of the snippets today and see how it goes. One day won’t matter either way so why not give it a shot?

On another topic–I’m still loving my steamer. When something doesn’t turn out right, it’s because I either steamed it too long or not long enough. I’ve been enjoying edamame, green beans, peas, sugar snow peas, sweet corn, butternut squash, and asparagus spears. I’ve had some trouble with the asparagus and the butternut squash, but again it’s because I overcooked them. I did better the next time and they tasted better.

This is such a life-changer. I know it’s a basic thing and that I’m banging on like the newly converted zealot, but it is so astoundingly easy. And the results are so good. Seriously. Throw on some vegan butter and maybe some soy sauce, and you’re good to go. I love it with freshly cooked rice. Seriously. I’ve been eating it for at least one meal every day, sometimes two.

I feel good about it because not only am I nourishing my body, it tastes delicious, too! Were it so easy to solve the rest of my problems.

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