Day Jobs And Nanowrimo

And some other tid-bits too.

This past week I started my new job. It’s nothing exciting, just a temporary minimum wage job to keep us afloat while I search for something with an actual salary and benefits. It would be lovely to put my degree to some use as well. However, for now I’m just happy to have a regular paycheck. I’m also fairly happy with the work itself, which has a certain amount of downtime I can put to good use plotting and pondering stories. While the hours aren’t great, on the bright side that means my writing time will not be cut into too drastically (though my lazing-about-doing-nothing time will be practically non-existent from now on).

Writing time is going to become increasingly more important as Nanowrimo is nearly upon us (two weeks away, in fact) and I am gearing up for a good run this year. If you visit the site regularly, you may have noticed a new title in my side-bar recently. Kipling’s Cat is the title of this year’s Nano-novel, and I’m quite excited about it (the novel and the title). For the first time I have a title that I feel I actually like, as opposed to one that I can merely live with. It also fits the book well, being a reference to Kipling’s poem about the cat who walks by himself. As the title itself suggests, cats will indeed feature heavily in the novel, but it also references the solitary nature of the main Point of View character, Delia Dawson. I’ve had the idea for Kipling’s Cat for many months now, nearly complete in the general story-arc, but I have been attempting in the past few days to turn that into a basic outline. I thought having a general outline this year might be a nice variation from last year’s attempt. After all, I am a good bit more experienced since my first Nano-novel (and first ever novel) and while I’m not an avid outliner, I do like to have a broad guide to where I’m going.

I’m still toiling away at finishing TBG before Nano begins, but it has been slow going lately. I had gotten a bit stuck on a minor plot-point. I think I’ve figured the point out, so it is high time I got my butt in gear and finished it.

Be sure to stop back by next Sunday for Maria’s guest-post. I can tell you, it’s going to be a real treat!

Thought for the Week: “There is nothing so stable as change” Bob Dylan

Currently Reading: Anne of Windy Poplars by L. M. Montgomery



  1. Elle said,

    October 21, 2010 at 9:44 am

    Congrats on getting the new job. I’m looking for a new one as well. And good luck with NaNo! Am currently debating whether to do my rewrite for Nano this year! Seeing everyone gear up for it is really making me envious!

    • Bookewyrme said,

      October 21, 2010 at 4:49 pm

      Thanks! I suspect yours is slightly more glamorous than mine! And you should totally do your rewrites for Nano! Because Nano is fun and eeeveryone wants to do it! ^_^

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