I've been letting my updated calendar widget take the place of blogging for a week or so, because I've been so busy turning out other articles. I've embarked on the beginnings of a blog tour. I'm aiming for a rate of about one appearance very two weeks, and so far I've finished three separate blogs for three separate websites. I see a lot of academic bloggers who can write academic articles and then turn effortlessly to a casual blog entry. I can't do that, for some reason. Once I'm thinking about another writing project, blogging just has to wait.
Anyway, here's an update. I've been pushing my NaNoWriMo word counts way over the limit this past week because I know I have an unproductive weekend coming up. I have a charity magic show to help stage on Thursday and Thursday evening. On Friday I'm responsible for hosting a hospitality room for visiting Lions from a four-state area. On Saturday I'll be in Sight and Hearing Service meetings all day. There will be no writing time in there, I'm afraid, so when you see little red boxes popping up on my calendar, remember that I'm not just taking time off. I just passed 32,835 words, which puts me three and a half days ahead of schedule. One more day like today and I should be well into my last week of novel-writing.
The NaNoWriMo process has been easier this year. I find I'm better able to just sit down and let the words flow. What's developing on my computer screen is by no means a finished product, but it's going to serve as a great base from which to build a real novel. As I write, I'm getting a feel for the characters, and I find that some of the individuals have begun to speak in their own voices, which is always a delightful turning point. I'm anxious now to find out what they are going to do next, and how they will handle the problems they have set for themselves.