I'm still churning out the words. Here's my progress chart for the first week. The diagonal gray line represents normal, satisfactory, finish-on-time progress. You'll see that I'm pushing over twice that level. If I keep going at this rate, i'll be finished in another week and have the other two weeks to do some deep editing. I'm pleased.
There were a few interruptions today, however. The first one was a lovely surprise when a delivery arrived at my front door. One of my all-time fans sent me a pot of live daisies to celebrate making it this far on NaNoWriMo. When I opened the box and saw the daisies, I had no doubt that they came from Miss Dazey. She's a delightful woman from Springfield, Missouri, who for various health reasons spends most of her day on the internet. That's where I first met her, although we've had a couple of meet-ups over the years. We talked later this morning and I hope she realizes how much that little surprise of hers meant to me.
The second hitch came when I realized that my plot had a giant hole in it. There's an event near the end of the book that makes no sense unless the reader has learned some vital information at the beginning of the story. Now I found that a bit embarrassing, because one of the ladies in my NaNoWriMo cabin had asked for advice about correcting a weakness in the early part of her story. My advice? "No! Don't stop. Forge ahead. Keep writing and fix problems later." Did I take my advice? Nope. I went back and closed the gap. And that meant I only finished half of the current chapter today,
Hitch number three came in the form of another call from my favorite trio of plumber, gas company, and Code Enforcement Nazi. it seems the gas line in question does not run directly from the meter to my attic, but passes first through my neighboring condo owner's attic. So now they need to get into her attic and check that pipe -- and maybe even put one of those regulators on it. Which means, of course, they have to find a time when all FIVE of us can be at the same place at the same time, and it is up to me to make that happen. Cheers. So far I haven't even gotten her to call me back, although I can see that she's home. She's not going to be happy!
Anyhow, that's my report on the day. Tomorrow's another chapter.