Well, this year’s Nano was a spectacular success. I Validated (again) my count, and it came out to about 70.5k. As I’m sure you can imagine, I’m very pleased with this.

I apologize for not posting anything on this past Tuesday. I had little to discuss, as I hadn’t done anything really exciting. I have since realized I could have posted about my most recent therapy appointment, but nothing really fascinating happened during it, and the computer I’d ordered hadn’t completely arrived yet.

Allow me to explain that statement about the computer. I ordered, on Thanksgiving day, a new computer. This was because my last desktop, Homer II, stopped functioning with Windows 10 due to being a 32-bit system, when Windows 10 was specifically designed for 64-bit systems. I was not aware of this before I downloaded the Windows 10 upgrade. It would have cost money either way to get it repaired or replace it, and, to be frank, the system had been struggling for a number of months due to all I have operating on it. When I told Mom about all the issues, including the Windows 10 issue, she said she’d pay for part of the computer (as my Christmas gift) and we researched computers until finding the deal on my new system on Thanksgiving day. (Yes, we spent our Thanksgiving day shopping online—for reasons.) I’ll discuss more about the new computer next Tuesday.

As for my writing, I’ve decided to take a conscious break from it for a couple of weeks. I was starting to get burnt out on my Nano project, and my creative mind, in reaction, began to flounder for another project to focus on. What I’ve done since November is spent part of each day reading through various incomplete WIPs of mine.

One of these ideas was to plug what I have of MOTS1 into Aeon Timeline and finish the outline, adding those scenes to the timeline to determine when the various scenes will fall. There’s no getting around the fact that this book is going to be a long one, but I’m thinking I’d like to thicken Isgari’s plotline a little more than it currently is. That means I’ll need to go through and possibly add some more scenes to what I already have written, then make sure her future scenes come up more frequently. I want to put all these scenes into Aeon Timeline because I don’t want to end up with a stack of Isgari scenes that need to be placed at the very end of the book—I’m trying to balance things out between all three characters. While I won’t object to a fewer number of scenes for Isgari, I also don’t want her plotline to overwhelm the story at the end. So. That’s what I’m deciding on right now, and I figure if I finish off MOTS1 this way, I’ll probably start the following book this way.

Aside from that, I’m just waiting to see which way my creative mind will go. I’m hoping that by consciously taking this time off from writing I’ll prevent a full-on writing downswing, but I’m not counting on it. It’s my intent to do some other things. I want to finish the crochet afghan I’m making for my sister, read a book or two, hit the library for some research materials, and hunt down things I need for various worlds and books on the internet (specifically, some blank world/continent maps for Wevae).

I’m also in the middle of changing some things on my site. I don’t know how much I’ll be able to work on it this month, or when I’ll get it done, but don’t be surprised if you explore my site and discover something changed. One of the things I’m doing, though, is listing only in-progress WIPs with actual writing on them for the most part, except where there are series and I have some notion of plans for them.