NaNo Ishness 2017! (My Insane 8th NaNoWriMo, Skillet, and Other Epicness)

IT’S DECEMBER. *cue shocked gasps*

This means that a) we survived NaNo (whaaat?), b) I’m no longer trying to write large amounts of words daily, and c) it’s time for an Ishness wrapup of my 2017 NaNoWriMo!

And, y’know, other things that happened in October and November. πŸ™‚

This is mostly about November, but I’ll touch briefly on October (SO long ago; my goodness, was that even a thing?), to say that I was mostly busy prepping for NaNo, that I caught a cold at the last minute so that I was useless in my NaNo-prep the week before November hit (yay. XD) and that I got to see the band Skillet in concert AND IT WAS THE MOST AMAZING THING.

(image courtesy of my brother’s phone…)

Colton Dixon (who’s also a great singer whose music I love!) and a couple others were there, which was fun as well! But but SKILLET. They’re one of my favorites, and I especially usually listen to them a lot around this time of year — their fast and inspiring music is so helpful when I’m typing fast on wordwars during NaNo… πŸ˜‰ Anyway, I love their music and they also seem like such FUN people, so seeing them live on a stage with their amazing music and amusingness and just — IT WAS INCREDIBLE. They’re so epic and NICE and faith-filled and funny and I just love them. πŸ™‚ I had an absolute blast, and the whole concert (them and the other artists) was amazing, and I came away so inspired and filled up and happy. πŸ™‚ (I did wear earplugs in my ears the whole time because rock concerts are LOUD; I was still able to hear everything despite that just fiiiine, and consequently still have my hearing. XD) Christian Rock may not be everyone’s favorite, but I absolutely love Skillet and this was definitely the highlight of my October. πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚


I read a handful of books in the last two months…

(in reverse chronological order, from a screenshot of my Goodreads Reading Challenge, because I’m lazy)

For my thoughts on them, see the Bookish Post I posted on my book blog a few days ago! πŸ™‚

In Other Book News: New Genre!

Also, the previously un-named genre which we all needed a name for (the kind that’s basically in another world but isn’t TECHNICALLY fantasy because there’s nothing fantastical, and is more like historical fiction but without needing to be historically accurate) was finally named: Kingdom Adventure! So if you read/write this, be aware! This is an exciting development. XD


Who has time to watch things this time of year?? Ahem. I sneaked in a few in the last couple months, though.

  • Zorro — I watched a few episodes of Disney’s Zorro with Guy Williams because it’s fun. Gracious, I love Zorro things. ❀ ❀ ❀
  • Once Upon a Time — I saw a couple more episodes of this (I’m still not very far at all. XD) and it continues to be intriguing. πŸ™‚
  • Treasure Planet — This was a re-watch, for… er… research. *cough* (Skyships, dontcha know. ;)) Much fun!
  • The Three Musketeers (2011) — Eheheh, re-watching this for research too. XD (Airships yesss.) Also fun, if messy. πŸ˜›
  • Alice Through the Looking Glass (2016) — Very… erm… strange. XD But I enjoyed a lot of it… Also, the only reason they had the insane asylum bit was so they could have evil Moriarty. πŸ˜›
  • Thor: Ragnarok — I SAW THIS AT THE THEATER. And have complicated feelings. XD Epic and HILARIOUS (seriously, I don’t think I’ve ever heard the theater laugh that hard, that many times), with lots of fun and coolness, and also a couple things that were Not Okay and which I have still not recovered from. *glowers at film-makers and mouths “how dare you”* But of course, spoilers, so I can’t say. *cough* Anyways, it was generally a ton of fun. XD (Other than, you know, those things. *cough*)

(I just realized I over-use the word “fun” in my discussion of movies I watched. But why would anyone watch ones that weren’t??)

Highlights of My November

  • Went to an epic booksale
  • Saw Thor 3 *shrieking*
  • Met up with some awesome authors! Shout-out to Kendra Ardnek, Claire Banschbach, Kelsey Bryant, Sarah Holman, J. Grace Pennington — I love these talented gals! It was such a lovely time getting to get together for a few hours. πŸ™‚
  • (Those three events were all in the first five days of NaNo! :O So much busy. Awesome, but busy.)
  • Had several fun writing events for my NaNo region and met such fun fellow-writers!
  • This was my fifth year as an ML, and it was a blast. Tiring, but so fun.
  • Thanksgiving happened (one of the best things about which is living on leftover dressing and pies after…)
  • My bullet journal told me what I needed to do each day and kept me sane (well… insane, but at least an organized kind so that I knew what I had to do?)
  • Scrivener is life
  • And so are wordsprints
  • Won NaNoWriMo for the 8th time!

Since this is a writing blog, I feel like I should mention that in addition to writing 50K words and learning a lot through that, I also absorbed some writing advice from a knowledgeable author at a write-in, and from a brief creative writing class I attended one day, and read a writing book (No Plot? No Problem! by Chris Baty, who founded NaNo), so I feel all steeped in writerliness. ^_^

Oh, Right, the Actual Writing Part of NaNo

I was a bit of a rebel…

I wrote a 6000 word short story called The Dragon of Kedran’s Wood (or) Tare and the Puppies — which I will share on the blog once I edit it!

And I started my YA Steampunk-Fantasy novel The Siren and the Skyship and wrote 44,000 words of that.

I unfortunately had only done a small amount of plotting in October, so I was not as prepared for writing as I would have liked, which necessitated some hasty plotting partway into November. I feel like I did a lot closer to pantsing than usual. (This year and last year both…) So with that on top of how BUSY I was most days, I sometimes struggled to reach the daily goal. I have no clue how people with full time jobs/school manage to do this — I salute you all. O_O

It was a bit of a challenge to make it to the minimum each day, but I stayed on track except for two days early on. I was DETERMINED to stay on track and I did! πŸ˜€ (I fell behind when I was visiting awesome author friends, but I don’t even mind because it was so fabulous. ;)) Sometimes I got ahead and used that to take a break and relax and this was SUCH a good idea. I don’t do really well writing every day for long stretches. It worked out this year that I usually wrote four days and then took one off? Like, multiple times? I didn’t even plan that, it just… happened. O_O Because I love analyzing stats and noticed and I love it. XD

Also, I’ve now written 400K words in 8 years of NaNos and EXCUSE ME WHILE I FLAIL OVER THIS FACT. :O

The novel itself is horribly messy and only half done (if that) and I ran out of plot EXACTLY at the end of the month, so I need to plan the rest of it and finish it sometime, but other than that I’m fairly pleased with how it went. πŸ™‚ I really like the world and characters, and while the Little Mermaid part doesn’t seem to be showing itself as much as it could, the story itself is coming along. SKYSHIPS. ❀ Because I love nautical-ish things, and this is the perfect mix of 18th century ships, modern navy ships, and spaceships… just… better. πŸ˜€ And even though they’re frustrating at times, I do love my characters. πŸ˜‰ *hugs Rook and Tasmania and Auren*

ANYWAY. It’s a mess but I survived and made it this far, and I don’t know how I feel about the whole story, but I was particularly enjoying it later in the month.

And of course I wrote a whole short story first, about my precious Tare-and-the-Chess-Club, which was SO fun. I can’t wait to share it with y’all! ❀

And I stayed on track nearly all month and finished early on the 28th.

I’m calling this 8th NaNo a success!

Quick Version

NaNo was exhausting and confusing and busy, and it’s honestly a miracle I managed it with all the insane running around and lack of plotting, but ultimately I had a mostly really good one and I’m so happy to have made it through to the end with another 50K under my belt! πŸ™‚

December Plans

So, what am I going to be doing this month?

all the blogging and reading and reviewing and basically wearing myself out with my to-do list guilt because I’m two months behind on everything and NaNo’s over so I have no more excuses


…Okay, so you probably know me well enough to know that I probably won’t do neeearly enough of that. But I have SO MANY plans about reading/reviewing/blogging/etc. since I feel like I’ve hardly done any of that for a couple of months due to WRITING STUFF (which was lovely but it will be nice to have a break). So hopefully some of that will happen on top of Christmas busyness and said other plans. I’m ready to chill a little… Doesn’t mean it will happen, but I’m ready for it. XD

I think that’s it?

Maybe I’ll share Siren and the Skyship snippets if y’all want them badly enough. πŸ˜‰


WHEW. *collapses* There you are. I hope you enjoyed this little peek at my NaNo and life! Thank you so much for reading! And let me know in the comments how your NaNo (or November. ;)) went! ^_^


24 thoughts on “NaNo Ishness 2017! (My Insane 8th NaNoWriMo, Skillet, and Other Epicness)

  1. Good job on NaNo!!! As someone who almost exclusively pantses through most Novemebers, I am thrilled that you resorted to that, too!! πŸ˜‰
    I mean, I have a general idea of where this story wants to go, but I defintiely pants my way to it.
    Though I sometimes get the benefit of a evening of story storming with Abi-sis, and that usually results in a lot of neat scenes that drive the plot leaps and bounds, and my staying up til midnight or later, and about 6k words. (Which are all good, except the staying up til midnight part, but it is worth it. πŸ˜‰ )

    And do not tempt me with your movies!!!! ( I have to do more writing, not pining over movies I haven’t seen!!! πŸ˜‰ )

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    • Thank you!!

      Haha, yes, it’s definitely a fun way to write — when it’s not overwhelming. XD I had a general idea as well. πŸ™‚ Sister-story-storming-sessions are the best! πŸ˜€

      Sorry! XD Good luck with your writing! Thanks for dropping in! ❀


  2. Thor was SO EPIC! (And yes, there were things… but the humor helped… and the “WHAT IS LOKI GONNA DO NEXT?!?!?!” questions also helped me move on) I told Derek, “You know he grabbed the Tesseract when he was in the vault… I mean… it’s Loki” and THEN IT WAS IN THE TEASER FOR AVENGERS 3 and I was like, “I KNEW IT!!!!!!!” *FLAIL!*

    Ahem. Marvel movies make me shout a little sometimes… especially when I liked them. Sorry about that. πŸ™‚ haha

    SO EXCITED FOR YOU for winning Nano and writing over 400K words in 8 Nanos!! That is incredible and awesome and WOW! *tosses confetti*

    Your concert sounds like fun! I enjoy Skillet, though I haven’t listened to them much. I grew up in an era where listening to DC Talk and Newsboys was “rebellious” and I wasn’t much of a rebel… LOL I came to like them and Supertones and Audio Adrenaline in college, but by that time, my music tastes were pretty firmly set in the country genre… πŸ™‚

    I hope you have a delightfully restful December. I am planning to continue whittling away at my editing mountain… but I just got an epic idea for a short story about Yole’s back-story… and I must share it with the world… so, I am sort of working at that whenever I get a spare minute now… too many ideas, not enough time!

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    • YES, THOR WAS EPIC. And you’re allowed to flail/shout as much as you like about it. XD (Heheh… yes… Loki. πŸ˜› Of course he did. XD)


      I don’t care for country much… *hides* I grew up on Celtic music though, so I’m just branching out to Christian pop/rock in the last few years, so I know where you’re coming from! Skillet is so fun! ^_^ Ooh, I like Newsboys too, at least what I’ve heard recently. πŸ™‚

      Thanks, Jenelle! I will try to rest… some… *cough* Good luck on your editing! YOU CAN DO IT! I’m so excited for the Yole story. o.o *waits for the newsletter in excitement* Too many ideas, not enough time, is like my motto! πŸ˜‰

      YES. It was so much fun! πŸ˜€ *wants to meet you someday* ❀


      • LOL no need to hide! Country’s not for everyone. I do generally clarify that by “country” I mean the older school of country that would probably nowadays be termed “Folk” or “Americana” (think Gordon Lightfoot, John Denver, Alisson Kraus, Alabama, and Collin Raye)… and while I enjoy a fun, upbeat Southern Rock song now and then (which is what most Country has devolved into these days) and the occasional twangy Country-Western song can be entertaining…. those are not generally what I mean when I say “Country Music”… so apparently my definition is off a bit. We were just down in Nashville with my family in October and I quickly learned/realized that what I consider “Country” is not the same as what everyone ELSE considers “Country” …. [shrugs] But that was what it was called when I started listening to it… so that’s what I still call it.

        I LOVE Celtic music, as well! I also have a couple of CDs from Ireland (a friend did a semester in Ireland and I gave him money to get me a legit CD of “their” music) with Irish ballads on them, and I enjoy those as well.

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  3. CONGRATULATIONS on winning NaNoWriMo! I can’t wait to read Tare and the Puppies. (That should be the official title, by the way. Very intriguing. Also amusing because now I’m imagining Tare on the ground being lick-attacked by a whole pack of adorable Labrador puppies.) Also, yes PLEASE snippets of The Siren and the Skyship!

    Yay, you got to see Skillet! They were my first concert experience and it was totally awesome. (That was before Rise or Undefeated came out . . . wow, it feels like so long ago.) They’re definitely awesome in-person.

    Also: I am currently VERY jealous of you and Kendra because you got to meet each other and AHHHHHHH. (I may or may not have just yelled at her a little in a Google chat about how she didn’t tell me she’d met you.) Life is absolutely not fair. But I’m glad you and her and the others all had a good time together.

    I still need to watch Ragnarok. Glad to hear you enjoyed it!

    I hope that you have a wonderful December and can balance out your catching up with some relaxation time.

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    • THANK YOU SARAH! Tare and the Puppies kind of IS the official title, but it has two titles because it can. XD I just finished editing it and scheduled it to post on Monday AND I’M RIDICULOUSLY EXCITED. I can’t wait to share it. ^_^ I’ve had an absurd amount of fun with it. XD *tries not to fangirl over own story but can’t stop*

      I will definitely share S&S snippets at some point soon! Next on my list to gather some… *eyes glaze over at thought of going through my NaNo to do so*

      OH HOW COOL!! I didn’t know you liked them (did I?) or that you’d seen them in person! Wow, that was a long time ago! :O SKILLET IS AMAZING ALSDKJFDKJ.

      Aww, I’m sorry! I NEED TO MEET YOU SOMEDAYYYY. I DO. Kendra’s cool though. Hopefully you can meet her someday too!

      Yusss to Ragnarok. Except for the Not Okay things. *cough*

      Thank you ever so much! I hope you have an amazing December as well! (I literally wrote September there. I’m not ready for the year to be over. Halp.)

      (ALSO IT LEGIT SNOWED TODAY AND THERE WAS SNOW ON MY JAYNE HAT AND JUST ALKDJFLKJ I AM ALL THE EXCITED. I’ve been wearing it because it’s cold brrr and I love the hat so much. ❀ )


  4. It IS December and we DID survive NaNo and AAAAAAHHHHHHHHH!!!!!!!! *throws all the confetti*

    DAT SKILLET CONCERT LOOKS SO AH-MAY-ZIIIING! Like…they did some singing up on platforms??? SO COOL! I love that you got to go to that!

    You watched so many good things recently! Like THOR 3! AND ONCE UPON A TIME AND TREASURE PLANET. Annnd THROUGH THE LOOKING GLASS. *shriiiiiieks* Only one of my favorite movies of ALL TIME. Buuut that may just be my Wonderland AND time travel obsessed self talking so yeah, obviously I loved it. xD But also it had Moriarty! I loved that part, even though you’re probably right. They totally sneaked it in just for a crazed Moriarty. *grins* But also RICHARD ARMITAGE WAS IN IT TOO. DAT MOVIE!!!! Sorry, sorry. I just…I loved it so much!

    Your November was so busy! I’m just sooo in awe how you managed to keep up with everything! PLUS you found some days to take a break (SMART CELTI IS SMART). That’s so funny it always landed on the 5th day. How perfect! xD I’m soooo happy you enjoyed S&S. AND I CANNOT WAIT FOR THE TARE STORY! EEEEEEEEEE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! *waits in anticipation*


    I’m sooo with you on having things piled up, but do be sure to let yourself rest some too, okay? You have absolutely earned it!


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      Skillet was indeed amazing! πŸ˜€ And yes, sometimes they were on platforms that went up and down while they were on them — so cool!

      Yess, many movies! I’m not surprised you loved the timey Wonderland movie. XD RICHARD ARMITAGE. Yepper, he was interesting. XD And Thor 3 and OUAT and stuffs!

      Thanks so muuuch! And I’m not smart, really, I just can’t write every day and be amazing like you can. XD I CAN’T WAIT FOR YOU TO READ THE TARE STORY TOOO. I just finished editing it and it’s posting on Monday and alksjdlfkj it’s so cute halp. *accidentally fangirls over own story* *cough*

      I know, right? *collapses* So many things piling up! But I will absolutely try to rest some too. Ahem.

      SNIPPETS WILL COME. Now I just must find them for a post. XD But I will! THANK YOUUUU! ❀


  5. A thousand times yes to the snippets! I can’t wait for those! Also, very cool that we have both met Claire in person! It’s *almost* like meeting each other in person, though not quite. XD That still has to happen. *cough* Realm Makers is in Missouri next year which isn’t all that far from Texas *cough*

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    • Eek, thanks, Kyle! Will definitely share some snippets… maybe in a week or two… after I post my short story. And yes, both having met Claire is almost like meeting. πŸ˜‰ I KNOW, I KNOW. I want to go to Realm Makers so badly but I don’t know if it can happen… but we can hope! πŸ˜€ It would be so fun to meet you! And get you to sign all your books. XD


  6. Yay for winning NaNo! It’s one of the best feelings in the world! And that’s so awesome that you got to see Skillet in concert! I saw them in concert once and it was fantastic!

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