Just a quick update

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I feel as if I’ve been a bad blogger.  Forgive me readers, for I have sinned.  It’s been 8 days since my last post.

Let’s lay the blame on NaNoWriMo, shall we?  Sure, there are people who are not only doing NaNoWriMo, but NaBloPoMo at the same time.  (That’s right, I’m looking at you Corina.  Show off.)  I simply don’t have  that many words in me. Besides, my butt gets sore if I sit too long.  However, I’m happy to report that chances are pretty damn good that I will cross the finish line and wrack up an impressive 50K plus words.  Emphasis on the plus.  You see, I got a little carried away, so at 50K, I don’t think I’ll be anywhere near finished with the story.  I mean, I could just leave my main character there having her breakdown after her mom dies, she loses her job and her cat disappears. But, that would be mean.  I’m already putting this poor girl through the ringer, so the least I can do is to resolve the crisis and have her come out the other side wiser and wearing a yellow pandit hat.  So, I shall keep writing even past the 50K mark.  Perhaps some scenes may get abbreviated – maybe fewer verbose characters – but, dammit I’m going to finish this month.

I start my new job the 2nd week of December.  Yay! While I was hoping the transition would be smooth, it hasn’t been.  My old boss has become a bit of a passive-aggressive dick about the whole thing.  His parting words to me before he left on Friday, “well, I was hoping you would leave with dignity, but I just want you to be happy, so do what you need to do.”   What?  Just because he negotiated really badly with my new boss in terms of start date, doesn’t mean I’m not leaving with dignity.  He refused to agree to a date to release me, so the new boss basically named a date,  got HR involved and it was a done deal.  And while the new boss is willing to lend me out to help old boss train a new person, I gotta tell you I’m not feeling highly incented to help out.

It’s going to be an exciting next couple of weeks:  Finish a novel; finish a job; run down to LA for the weekend to celebrate my oldest, dearest friend’s 50th b-day; and start new job.   Whew.

I hope you all have a lovely Thanksgiving, whether it is celebrated among hoards of family and friends, or just a quiet day with your thoughts and a turkey pot pie.

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9 responses »

  1. I’m glad you’re not leaving your MC hanging. That would not be nice. I an not usually finished at 50K. Last year I validated my word count at about 51K but I wasn’t finished with the complete novel. I haven’t finished the first draft on that one. I don’t want it to have a happy ending and the characters keep leading me that way so they’re simmering.

    I hope the next couple of weeks go well for you!

  2. Again, props to all who manage to work this NaNoWritMo thing out. I am simply in awe of such a feat.

    Now, lets get to what I am familiar with: Admin types. There is no pleasing them, because they believe they can never please you. So If you tend to have that type of attitude (around here, at any rate), you are rarely surprised or disappointed. Such is life.

    Enjoy your holidays, make sure to drive safe in So Cal (although I imagine its really not that different than the Bay Area). Compared to here in Humboldt, So Cal traffic (and by So Cal I mean anything south of Ukiah) is generally pretty hairy. Good luck.

  3. *doffs hat and curtseys in your direction*

    Excellent news on the word count – get it done, then you can edit it later (having said that, my advice is pretty much worthless since I’ve never written a novel) 😉

    I have, however, had to cope with a couple of passive-aggressive bosses in my time. They specialise in trying to make others feel bad about what is, essentially a positive step but perhaps because it wasn’t their idea they do their best to make it difficult. Just smile serenely at him and practice your “I’ll soon be out of here, you muppet” expression!

  4. I applaud your efforts for doing NaNoWriMo. Is this your first time? It will be exciting as you cross the finish line and I hope you have plans to celebrate.

    Your boss is the one leaving without dignity. Someone who wants you to be happy wishes you well, then shuts up! He sounds possessive, immature and sort of like a jilted lover (sorry for the gross reference there … it just reminds me of a high-school breakup).

    Happy Thanksgiving. Enjoy!

  5. “Turkey pot pie”

    Holy Swanson’s frozen foods. Now you’ve got me craving the lost fat-laden food of my youth. A freezer full of pot pies, some cereal in the shelves, A full coffee canister, and bring on the essay questions, professors, I don’t need to leave the house for days.

    My typewriter ribbon was ready for its pounding, and I had not yet begun to commit typos.

    Congrats on your NaNoWriMo victory!

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