A Good Start – NaNo Day 4 – November 4, 2019

Hello, everyone 🙂

I know I said I wouldn’t bug you all with daily blog posts like I did last year during NaNo, but I’d at least like to post a weekly update for those of you that are interested. I have, so far at least, been posting short daily updates on my progress, so that those of you who care to can follow along.
This is my second time participating in NaNoWriMo, and despite not being as prepared as I would have liked to have been at the start, I think it’s going rather well so far.
There’s not a whole lot to tell you about my past week, but I did manage to have some fun on the weekend.
I spent most of last week, when I wasn’t working, making the cosplay outfits for my friend and I, for Youmacon this past Saturday, and I think I made myself a little sick doing so. I’ve felt a bit run-down and slightly feverish for the last five or so days, but I think I’m on the mend. I felt much better today, though there still seems to be a bit of it lingering. I’m sure a lack of sleep, breathing in glue and paint fumes in a chilly workshop didn’t do me any good, but I think I’m on the other side of it.
I did end up going to Youmacon this past Saturday, however. I didn’t feel nearly sick enough to skip it, especially after all of the work on the outfits. I worked on them almost right up to the last minute, but we managed to finish them Friday evening and get out of my workshop for a bit to grab a well-deserved drink.
I had a good time at Youmacon (an Anime and Gaming convention held in downtown Detroit), but not nearly as good as I had anticipated. Truth be told, Anime and Gaming are not my wheel-house, I’m much more of a Sci-Fi and Comic Superhero guy, but I went along with my friend as she was eager to go and I thought we’d have a good time.
I didn’t really feel a connection with the rest of the people there, mainly because it’s not my particular fandom, though I am familiar with some of it. I felt more apart from the energy as opposed to a part of it.
It was great seeing other people so into their fandom though, and don’t get me wrong, it was an enjoyable day, but I probably won’t be going back to Youmacon again. Had there been a bit more that I could relate to, like older Anime I am familiar with, or other genres of Japanese Pop-Culture, like Kaiju or series like Ultraman and Johnny Sokko, I would have found it much more appealing.
I think I’ll stick to Sci-Fi conventions, and maybe a Steampunk or Horror one, from now on.
As I mentioned last week, I’ve booked a family trip to Cuba for a week over Xmas, as a gift to my wife and kids, and we’re all looking forward to it. The only hiccup so far (knock wood) is that despite being told there were no more layoff weeks scheduled until at least May, not more than 24 hours after I booked our trip my company did an about-face and announced a layoff week for this week.
It sucks extra because my Employment Insurance claim for last year just ended, which means (here in Ontario) I have to put in a week off work before I can start to receive benefits. It won’t be a hardship, but it always sucks going a week without getting paid, and the bit of extra cash before our trip would have given a bit more peace of mind. We’ll be fine, as I said, but it was a bit disappointing. I suppose I should be thankful that they announced the layoff after I had already booked the trip, or I might have decided not to book it at all.
So, it’s four days into NaNo, and I think I’m doing pretty well. I’m about 1000 words ahead of the word count I should be at to finish on time, so if I can keep up this rate, I should finish early. I do have all week at home, so I’m hoping to get an extra few thousand in before going back to work and stay ahead of the game.
I’m not as into or excited about this story as I was about the one I did last year, but I think that comes down to a couple of different reasons. This story doesn’t take place in an original universe, but one from one of my favourite Superhero characters, so it’s not something I created out of the ether. Also, it’s my second go-round at this, so I’m much less anxious about this attempt. I know I can accomplish this goal and more, so with that novelty gone, there’s less of a feeling of urgency and nervousness surrounding this attempt.
Plus, I have a bit of nagging guilt at having to put aside editing my first novel to write this one.
One small disaster has happened so far, that I hope isn’t an omen of things to come. The “T” key on my Chromebook broke of late into my writing session yesterday, which put me into a bit of a panic. I managed to jerry-rig a solution, and it seems to be working, so I can still continue writing on my Chromebook. I did order a new key, though, so I’m hoping to get it fixed in short order.
Once November and NaNo are over, I might set this new story aside, whether or not it’s completely finished, to get back to editing. I don’t want that to languish and possibly be forgotten. I really would like to see that project through to its end.
I don’t have much else coming up in the next week or so, except maybe getting together with some friends for dinner or drinks. As much as I dislike being laid off, I think that after the last few months, and especially after the last couple of weeks, I could use a bit of a slower pace.

I’m hoping to get back to the rocket stove/mass heater

for my greenhouse, that’s a project I had intended to have finished by now but is taking longer than anticipated. And there are a few projects around the home I’d also like to wrap up while I’m off work, like a few minor details I still have to finish in the kitchen, and finishing up the hallway stairs, but all in good time.

My main focus this week is writing.
Oh, and before I forget, I have managed to keep up on my workouts and staying active, so I’m trying to get my health management routine back on track. Let’s hope that continues.
Well, that’s it for me this week. Hope you’re all well and staying warm.
Word Count – 7527

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