New Year’s Resolutions

They say the most common New Year’s resolution is to lose weight (publishing a book is #2).  At the beginning of November I started the “Month of Living Dangerously” (#MonOLivDa) where I would attempt to write 50,000 words to my new novel (in association with National Novel Writing Month) and lose 20 pounds (in association with not eating anything).

I successfully wrote 50,000 words in 30 days. I wasn’t successful with my 20 pound goal. I only reached 13 pounds lost in 30 days.  However, today I’m happy to report I finally crossed that 20 pound finish line (21 pounds, actually).  And with 50,000 words written, I estimate I have about 30,000 more to complete Idle Hands.  And I estimate I have about 7 more pounds to lose to get to my ideal weight.  I doubt I’ll complete both of those in January, but perhaps…

So, in other words, New Year’s Resolutions continue long after the first of the year.  And if publishing a book is among your New Year’s Resolutions, check out this month’s promotion at Outskirts Press (three times as many free author’s copies).


The Month of Living Dangerously

In the month of November I’ve been trying to write 50,000 words to a novel AND lose 20 pounds to my waistline. What was I thinking??! I was thinking I’d take a break from writing (and blogging about writing) and starving myself, to create a disturbing poster in which I replace Mel Gibson’s face with mine.  Talk about a bad idea! What was I thinking??!


Here are my Stats for NaNoWriMo for November 23:

Average Per Day 1844
Words Written Today 1768
Target Word Count 50,000
Target ~ Words/Day 1,667
Total Words Written 42,434
Words Remaining 7,566
Current Day 23
Days Remaining 8
At this rate, you’ll finish November 28
Words/Day to finish on time 946

Writing a book is proving EASIER than losing weight. I’ve lost 13 pounds so far, and have a week to go.  That’s 1000 words and 1 pound each day.

I have a feeling I’m going to cross the 50,000 word finish line before I cross the 20 pound finish line, especially with Thanksgiving approaching.

What was I thinking??!