All the Brisket – December 6, 2019

Hello again, everyone 

I figure I should do a post-NaNo update, now that NaNoWriMo 2019 is officially over.

As I mentioned in my last blog post, I “won” NaNo again this year, which means I wrote at least 50,000 words towards a new novel in the 30 days of November. So, now I have one un-edited first draft of a novel and another uncompleted first draft of a different novel.

I guess I should really get around to polishing those up soon if I ever want anyone else to be able to read them 

I finished out NaNo by padding my effort with a few thousand more words, but though I’ve written every day since I have to admit, my output so far hasn’t been near as much as it was during November. I’ve been taking a bit of a break, but do plan to get back on it very soon and finish this draft out so I can get back to editing.

On that note, I’ve found another great resource for editing that I’m hoping will finally get me moving on re-working my first novel-draft. I’ve finally accepted that I’m going to have to buckle down and just dive into a whole re-write of my first NaNo project from page one. It’s not that it wasn’t a good attempt, but I’m thinking that it might work out to be less work to just start from the beginning again, now that I know how the story will end and all of the details leading up to the finale, than it would be to comb through it and try and fix and cut.

First, though, I’m going to apply what I’m learning with the new resource I’ve mentioned, and better map out the action of the story according to the beat points in the outline. Once I’ve mapped all of that out, I’m going to try and dive right into a whole new re-write, so wish me luck with that

Other than that, I’ve had a pretty decent week. The weekend was taken up with a couple of parties that I got to attend. On Friday, a new friend threw a Disco-themed birthday party at his home, which was a blast. I got to chat with quite a few interesting people and had a great time dancing to some new mixes of old classics. He’s a bit of an audiophile, and I was sorely tempted to steal his original 1973 pressing of Led Zepplin’s “Houses of the Holy”, but I behaved and left it behind

On Saturday we went out of town to the home of some good friends for a party at their place and had a great time there as well. We got to see a few people we don’t get to hang out with all that often, and it’s always good to get out of town for a bit.

The morning after the party, we hit a trade center nearby which has a restaurant kiosk that does the best bbq around and bought a ton of brisket, which I promptly spent the next few days devouring.

Otherwise, it’s been kind of quiet. I spent some time working on a few small projects, including decorating the front yard for Xmas and doing some odds and ends to shore up the outside of the house for winter. I didn’t get up to too much.

My upcoming birthday and my lack of exposure to sunlight (I work midnights) keep threatening to blanket me in ennui, so I’ve been trying to fight that off. My excitement at our upcoming trip to Cuba is working to mitigate that some. I’ve booked an awesome day trip to Havana for the fam and me while we’re there. We’ll be taking a trip into the city in a vintage car (or what passes for one in Cuba) to see the sights with a private tour guide, and then we’re going to finish the night with dinner and a show at the world-famous Tropicana Cabaret. My wife and I have seen the show before on one of our last trips to Cuba, and it’s fantastic. I highly recommend checking it out if you’re ever down there.

So, that’s my update for the week. I’ll probably post another or two before our trip, and then definitely a big one afterward.

I’m considering shutting off the function on my blog that posts it to Facebook automatically as well, as I worry that I only end up bothering my friends with my long posts, but I’ll think on that further.

Hope you all have a good week.

#NaNoWriMo

Final NaNo Word Count – 56,095
Current Word Count – 57,873

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