I haven't written a thing for my novel in a bit. Going to the memorial service for such a young person has really thrown me. My heart breaks for the family and all that they are going through. I know I can't even imagine their pain and yet here I am, crying for them every day. It's made it hard to find motivation.
I was looking through some tabs I had open in my browser and I happened upon one of the 40 or so Nasty Women art exhibits. I signed on. I spent the entire day first servicing my printer (head clog) then printing some images, then disassembling some old work from their picture frames (almost embarrassing to look at old stuff these days) and framing and reassembling and then wrapping and packing the work. Then I got together everything I would need to hang my work, level, measuring tape, hooks, nails, hammer, pencil... and put it all in the car so tomorrow morning I can just drive off to the exhibit and hang the work. In between I did manage to make a wholesome meal for dinner too. SO impressed, I kind of shocked myself. I'm telling myself that I'm getting back on the horse and next step is to regain my lost momentum with the book I'm writing.
I got to meet our state representative as a person who is currently caring for someone with an Alzheimer related brain disease. The woman who was running the show told me she thought I did a great job. Another woman there was very official and ran through all the way her husband's disease had depleted their entire savings and retirement accounts, etc... so I figured I would go another direction and try to hit an emotional chord. It worked. I told the organizer that if she ever again needs a cryer to give me call.
As far as the books goes, I am about 25,000 words in right now and if I can really put aside a couple of hours each day I can get about 2,000 more words written. I'm making 10 thousand words a week my goal and hope to have this first edit of the book written by mid May. I did some research and it seems like the average novel is 80-100 thousand words, so I am thinking anything in that range works. I don't want to go shorter though, because I want this to be on the more substantial side.
I've been listening to music which is supposed to be so soothing that it actually owners blood pressure and stress hormones while writing. I don't know if I have any physical responses to it, but it sure does help me tune out the rest of the world and focus.