30 Days of NaNoWriMo 2 – Day 20: Late Success

Yesterday, at work:

Louis: He’s sitting during a morning meeting, already tired, having gotten a max of 4 hours of sleep.

His Boss: She talks about the day’s proceedings. At some point, sensing everyone’s lethargy, she perks up. “Well, at least it’s going to be a shorter day, right?”

Louis: He blinks.

His Boss: “We close at six? Seven?”

Someone Else: Chimes in. “Seven.”

Louis: He blinks again.

Louis’ Brain: “Is it possible that the no-sleep has made your mind-brain all backwards and side-to-side, at the same time?” It giggles.

Louis: He almost says, “Quiet you!” Instead, he checks his schedule on his phone, and finds that he’s “only” working 8AM – 7PM. “By Escribyr’s hoary beard…”


And thus began a day of victories.

Work sucked. It was boring, which it always is.

But a coworker invited me to work with his production company. It’s a thing I’m wary of because helping build start-ups has always gone really, really poorly in the past, but it’s a different field (film), and I have faith in the drive of the guy starting it. I also get to be a consultant instead of a major cog who’s expected to relinquish a ton of his writing time, so I can’t complain. It is, at least, an exciting prospect.

But, far more exciting was getting the solution to yesterday’s problem. In the end, I think it was the no-sleep; there were countless ways for Modis to get out of his cell, but I was way, way too tired to figure out the right way two days ago.

Yesterday at work, however, I was able to figure it out. Of course, the day was so busy that I actually wanted to relax during lunch (instead of working more), so I didn’t get to write before getting home. I did get to imagine the scene thoroughly though, excitedly piecing together all of its fun bits.

When I got home I was so tired that I fell asleep on myself again, so I just wrote the solution, saving this post for today–a few hours later than usual, but still done, at least. And, more importantly, not typed sentence by sentence, falling asleep repeatedly as I go.

For today, I have a day off from job one, which means I get to finish up my scene and roll into the next one. The goal for today is to finish this chapter. I don’t usually set intense goals for the day, but I want to reach the point where the story finally opens up. I want that fresh-out-of-the-pilot feeling.

Either way, thank God for solutions. And the exciting prospect of collaborations. And sorely-needed days off.

Words for the Day: 332

NaNoWriMo Total: 8,106

A Quick Note about My NaNoWriMo Total: Updating it now, I can’t help realizing that, yeah, I really did lose words yesterday. It’s the editing; I haven’t been adding my words together as I’ve gone, I’ve just taken the word total from my doc and pasted it here. Of course, that doesn’t really give a clear idea of how many words I’ve written for the month, but eh. I’m more about the manuscript total; if I wrote a scene but wound up cutting it because it didn’t work, does that scene actually count as progress? Whatever. Anyway, thanks for reading!

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Louis Santiago

I'm a fantasy writer based in New York. One of my short stories, "Aixa the Hexcaster," was published at Mirror Dance Fantasy. You can read it here: http://www.mirrordancefantasy.com/2016/09/aixa-hexcaster.html.

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