NaNoWriMo 2019 Reflection and Life Update

NaNoWriMo sucked this year, guys. I barely got over 3,500 words, and didn’t even get past the introduction. This is really unfortunate, as I was looking forward to writing this novel. I wasn’t even able to think up a name for it yet (though MC did find the name Atticus about half-way through the month). For the nine years or so I’ve been doing NaNoWriMo, this is probably my worst failure, and I am very disappointed in myself.

However, there is good news (though I should probably say bittersweet news, as this is the reason I did so horribly with this year’s novel): I got a promotion at my day job. I am now in a supervisory position. With that position comes a pay raise, better hours, benefits, and more stress than I’ve been used to dealing with since college. This comes with both good and bad consequences. The positive is that I have more money to spend on things like groceries, gas, visits to my boyfriend who lives about two and a half hours away, things for the apartment I’ve been living in since July, vet bills, and presents since the holiday gifting season is nigh. Once my benefits start in January, I’ll also be able to get my eyes checked and maybe replace the glasses I’ve had for nearly a decade now. The negative is that, since I’m working more hours at the store, I don’t have as much time to write (or visit the boyfriend who lives two and a half hours away). And, come to find out, nine to ten hours shifts are exhausting, and I don’t have the stamina I had in college, so four hours of sleep plus a few cups of coffee are not enough to get me through the day.

So what does this mean for Playing With Demons? For starters, I won’t be posting as frequently as I would like. At least through December, which is always pretty hectic anyway, and will be even more so as I try to synchronize my work and writing schedules. I will try to be more active on social media (I’m on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram; links to those profiles are on the left, for those interested in following me), but until January, the blog will most likely be quiet while I work on getting my shit together.


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