8466 + 7030 = how the hell am i gonna do this?

November 13, 2007|Posted in: writing

I’m writing two books at once. Starting Nov. 1, I probably mentioned 20 or 30 times, I started the National Novel Writing Month book-a-thon, to write a novel in 30 days. And it’s coming along fabulously — except that I’m WAY behind. I’m at 7030 words and should be at 20004 (at 1667 per day). On the novel.

On my other book, I’m at 8466. The spiritual book is at that word count.

Together, on these two books, since Nov. 1, I have written approximately 15,496 words, not counting any personal or work e-mail, blogging on Modern Muse or anything (nothing!) that I have written for the newspaper. Not even counting a grocery list. Can I get an amen?

So I need to get off my own back, because that’s a lot of words.

But I think I also need to get real. I must write the blog-a-day in order to write a diary-like pilgrimage book, so in a sense that’s more important. Though NaNo only goes for one month, so it’ll be over soon. But I can’t keep up that pace. I’m way-the-foo behind and though I meant to catch up this weekend, har de freaking har, it did not happen because LIFE happened. And now it’s 20 to midnight and I have a full deadline day tomorrow, kids this week, P’s surgery Thursday, and more, like the phantom thank-you notes, ACCCKKKK! So when I can catch up, not sure.

Perhaps I will just shift myself over to the one book, and keep working on the fiction. (Except that makes me so mad that I am not going to be writing fiction. Grrr!) Oh, well. Reality bites. Think I may have to shelve the Mary book for now, or at least slow down a few RPMs. Because my brain can do only so much. At midnight I should go to bed, not be making lists, writing, blogging and doing laundry. And I don’t need to feel guilty about it.

I’m off to bed. How about you?

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Julia Park Tracey is an award-winning journalist, author, and blogger. She is the author of six books: three novels, one poetry collection, and two women's history. She was the Poet Laureate of Alameda, California, in 2014-17. She's also the conservatrix of The Doris Diaries, the diaries of her great-aunt Doris Bailey Murphy. She has a BA in journalism from San Francisco State University, and MA in Early 20th C. British Literature from Cal State Hayward. Julia's articles have appeared on Salon, Thrillist, Paste, Scary Mommy, Narratively, Yahoo News, Your Tango, and Sweatpants & Coffee. Her articles have also run in Redbook, Woman's Day, Country Living, House Beautiful, Town & Country, the San Francisco Chronicle, Oakland Magazine, Quill, and MadeLocal. She was the founding editor of weekly Alameda Sun and literary zine Red Hills Review. Her poetry has been in The East Bay Literary review, Postcard Poems, Americus Review, Cicada, Tiferet Review, and many others. Julia has been recognized several times by the San Francisco, East Bay and Peninsula Press Clubs as well as the California Newspaper Association for her blogging since 2003.

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  1. noreply@blogger.com'

    November 14, 2007

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    Hey you better slow down or you are going to explode or have a melt down or something. Congratulations on all you are doing. Sounds great. Just don’t over do it. Take care -love your brother Bri

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