Monday November 24, 2014

I started the day writing my penultimate chapter. Then after I finished my morning routine, I decided I couldn’t wait to find out how it all ends, so I wrote my ultimate chapter for a total of over 7000 words today alone. My first draft is now completed and printed. I need to punch holes in the pages so I can put it in a binder, and then, in a few days or weeks, I’ll begin the editing and find out if what I’ve written has any merit. It will be strange not to be writing tomorrow, but there it is. I did write a book review today as well, and then I was sad to see, when I went outside to get my mail, a dead deer by the side of the road by my front fence. I’ve arranged to have the poor thing removed tomorrow, but it was a sad ending to the day. A friend called to offer her sympathies. I have just a day and a half of tutoring before the holiday break, which I’m very much looking forward to.

a day of writing
eager to see
where the story ends
NaNoWriMo 2014
winner

Sunday November 23, 2014

I wrote another chapter today and discovered that I still have two left, so today’s was once again, the antepenultimate chapter. If that proves to be just as true tomorrow, then I should finish my rough draft on Tuesday. I also cut a bit more fabric and pieced the last of the squares for the three quilts I’m doing. I may get them laid out tomorrow after I write my chapter. I also worked on my puzzle and watched a movie.

discovering
that my story has
another chapter
all the squares pieced
for the next three quilts

Saturday November 22, 2014

I have done many different things today, from Saturday chores, to piecing more quilt squares, to writing my antepenultimate chapter (or so I think at the moment), to writing a book review, to walking Oliver, and finally working on my puzzle. I’m tired but happily content.

writing
the antepenultimate chapter
in my novel
piecing
quilt squares

Friday November 21, 2014

The weekend is here and I am very glad. This morning I figured out the ending of my novel, or my characters did. It just came to me and I’m thrilled with it. I have three more chapters, I think, before I’m finished. Meanwhile I had an appointment and then met with my osteopath. She is pleased with my progress but reminded me that I’m still in rest mode. I have to continue icing my left knee (but I don’t have to do the right anymore, so that’s progress), and I can walk Oliver but no more than three times a week and less if I’m having any discomfort. Little by little I return to what I call normal. I am planning a weekend of writing and piecing quilt squares.

figuring out
the ending of my novel
heavy rains
pouring down
on the skylight

Thursday November 20, 2014

I am closing in on my goal of 80,000 words and should pass that tomorrow. My novel is also coming to an end in another few chapters, I think. Guess I’ll wait and see what my characters say. That’s what I love about NaNoWriMo. There are surprises around every corner. I tutored three students and another two cancelled allowing me time to finish my chapter and take Oliver for a walk. I even got to work on my puzzle for a bit.

cancellations
lighten a busy day
allowing time
for a dog walk
and a mug of tea

Wednesday November 19, 2014

I had to sandwich my writing in and around several students, but I got my chapter done. I’m not sure how many more chapters I have, but I think I’ll make my goal of more than 80,000 words. Now I just have to hope that some of those words are good! I love NaNoWriMo! I’ve added another student to my line-up which is going to make Wednesdays long, but he is a student I’ve had before and I couldn’t say no. I didn’t have time to walk Oliver today but I’d already decided that I probably shouldn’t. I’m trying to be sensible. I also taught my bridge class and picked up the batting and the last of the fabric for the three quilts I’m now working on.

picking
the last fabric
for three quilts
editing an essay
for a student

Tuesday November 18, 2014

Another day and another chapter. My students are remarkably patient with me when my thoughts stray, which I’m blaming on my novel. Several of them are quite interested in my progress. I ended up writing in four separate slots today, but I enjoyed it and made good progress. I tutored four students and when the last one left I decided to take Oliver for a walk! It is the first time in over two weeks that we’ve attempted it, and I think it went fine. I can feel my knees a bit more, but hopefully I didn’t overdo because both of us really enjoyed it. Oliver was so happy when we went out the gate that he nearly turned a cartwheel.

for the first time
in two weeks
taking the dog
for a walk
a cold crisp afternoon

Monday November 17, 2014

I spent the morning on my next chapter and things are moving along pretty well, I hope.  Then I paid bills and did other chores before finally deciding I wanted to work a puzzle. I didn’t like the one I started over a week ago as it was way too grey. So I put it away and started a dinosaur puzzle which looks to be lots of fun. It was the first time I haven’t just finished a puzzle anyway, but I thought, this is supposed to be fun and I’d tried all week to get into it without success. The new one will be much more fun.

a morning
spent in writing
another chapter
for NaNoWriMo
a friend visits

Sunday November 16, 2014

I began by writing another chapter in my new novel. I really hope to write close to 80,000 words but I’m not sure exactly where it is going from here. But today’s chapter went well and I’m sure NaNoWriMo magic will work and my characters will bring me clarity. I also sewed a bunch of squares for the three quilts I’m working on. I even was able to cut some more fabric. I think I have nearly all of it now cut. I started a new review mystery and couldn’t put it down, so I finished it and wrote the review instead of working on my puzzle. It has been a very lovely day.

moving more easily
I piece quilt squares
the afternoon
fades away
with a good mystery

Saturday November 15, 2014

I didn’t know that today’s chapter was going to go the way it did, and it had me in tears as I wrote. I hope my eventual readers will find it as moving. Then I did my Saturday chores and I’m pleased that my knees are functioning once again. They’re still sore, but I can walk pretty normally now, which is a huge improvement. If things keep improving like this, Oliver and I may get to take a short walk in another few days, but I’m not going to rush things. The last three weeks have been too grim to want to chance any relapses. I sewed more strips together and then cut them apart. They get sewed one more time to make nine-patch squares and I hope to do that tomorrow. I think I am going to need more fabric cut, but I thought I’d sew what I have already cut so I can then count the squares for each of the three quilts and see where I am. I also worked a bit on my puzzle.

a bit of this
a bit of that
a few chores
several seams
and some puzzle pieces