Metaphorically speaking, of course.
I’ve never been so glad to greet November. The craziness of October has dropped away, and my days are settling into a delicious routine that supports my creative work. I love it.
This is my first NaNoWriMo, and so far I adore it. My partner and I are working on a novel together (which will total 100,000-plus words when we put it all together at the end of the month). The greatest asset of our working partnership has always been how well we generate creative ideas together. This project has intensified that energy, in an amazing way. Not only that, our writing styles are complementary, and we’re both all fired up from each day’s writing session. We talk about nuances and plot twists and ideas for place names, all the time. It’s freaking fantastic. Our working title is The Door Is the Key: A Modern Faerie Tale.
My word count as of today, day 6 (and yes, I’ve already done my writing for today) is 11,209. On track and feeling great!
My wellness practices fell away a bit during the final busy week of October. But now I feel like I’m back to a good place. I’ve been doing my journal writing in the evening (does that make them “evening pages?”) because I’m busy with NaNo writing earlier in the day. Yoga has been regular this week: I get up and dressed, do yoga, make some tea, and then sit down to write. It works, at least on the days when I don’t have plans that take me out of the house in the morning. I’m trying to avoid those. But even when it happens, doing my NaNo writing in the evening has been fine.
Blogging and guest blogging are going okay. I haven’t set up my book giveaway yet for Cultivating Self-Love, but it’s on the list. I have been promoting it on Facebook and Twitter, in creative and fun ways. I’m reading Book Power by Kytka Hilmar-Jezek, which has some great promotion ideas that I’m going to integrate. Overall, I’m having fun and I’m so thankful for the healing power of creativity.