Well now, where did this week go? I’ve been frantically busy again, starting off with a very busy Monday.
The gas fitter arrived at 8:30am and was gone by 9am. I worked for much of the day, then the chimney sweep asked if he could come earlier and was here by 3:15pm, and by 4pm the gas fitter had been back and put my fire back. We were worried at first that the chimney may need a new flue lining, but the smoke test came out in all the right places – aka the chimney pot – so we’ve got away with it this time. The gas fitter did advise me to find a new fire, though, as soon as I can, without actually condemning the existing one.
I worked all day on Tuesday but managed to walk the dog up to the post office in time to send something off at 5pm. I didn’t get any chance online, though, and didn’t even switch the laptop on all day. I did, however, keep in touch with the news to see how Hurricane Sandy was doing and how friends might be affected. I believe they’re all safe and well, even if they have been without power.
I worked for all of Wednesday too, apart from when a neighbour decided to drop by and as I work from home thought it was fine to settle on my settee for the next hour. This pushed me back on a lot of things and, with everything else, I ended up dropping off a book in person in town during the evening because I missed the 5pm post office this time. And that’s when Rufus got his walk.
I wanted to clear yesterday’s book because this morning NaNoWriMo started and I wanted to have a good go at Day One … then the police called for a chat, then that neighbour started to text me (he’s stopped now), then Environmental Health called for a chat, and then the milkman called for his money …
I was determined not to do anything else until I’d done my NaNo quota. This isn’t necessarily because I want to win NaNo this year, although I do, but because I want to use NaNo to get me into the habit of writing every day before I do anything else. At the end of the 30 days I want at least 50,000 words of a novel, however bad – you can’t edit a blank page. So I put my foot down and carried on going until I’d cleared the 1,667-word barrier.
And – Ta-Da! – I counted 1,716. 😀 Please welcome back my little man at the bottom of the page with a warm round of applause.
I’m going to break for something to eat now and then I’ll update the gig list, which I should have done yesterday. Then I’m proof-reading another book to get it off my desk and the invoice out. Hopefully I’ll get to walk the dog in daylight again. The book I’m proof-reading I’ll hopefully drop off over the weekend. I could try to catch the post on Friday at 5pm, or Saturday morning before noon. But I don’t mind dropping it in any time over the weekend and at least then I’ll know it’s arrived.
Good luck to all my fellow NaNoWriMo-ers and to any MO-BROs this month too. (If you don’t know what I mean, then it isn’t you.)