10K Day: Live, While It’s Happening! – February 19 and 22

What's your story? Use the 10K Day for Writers to explore your storytelling powers

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WELCOME TO ALL those plucky writers who are participating this week!

This is the place to post your check-ins for Wed, Feb 19 and/or Saturday, Feb 22.

If you’re participating from overseas, feel free to start according to your own time zone. This check-in page is posted the day before the event so you can. 🙂

DON’T FORGET TO TAKE REGULAR BREAKS!

You’ll regret it later (when you’re feeling fried) if you don’t take regular breaks. Even if you’re on fire with your writing, take your scheduled breaks.

Every two hours is recommended. Breaks are also for posting check-ins.

WHAT SHOULD YOU POST FOR YOUR CHECK-INS?

TIP: If you don’t see your comment right away after posting, try refreshing your screen.

1. You can mention your word count if you want to. If you’d rather not, please comment about your progress thus far.

2. You can also describe what you’re working on.

3. Feel free to mention how you’re feeling and how the day is going for you.

4. It’s always fun to hear what people are drinking, snacking on or listening to.

DON’T FORGET TO log out of forums, Facebook, Twitter, email, etc.

Go gettum, Tigers! – Milli


114 Responses to 10K Day: Live, While It’s Happening! – February 19 and 22
  1. Charlotte Rains Dixon
    Twitter: wordstrumpet
    February 19, 2014 | 7:46 AM

    Okay, you guys–it is 5:45 and I’m about to start writing. My first 10K day. Woot woot!

    • Milli Thornton
      Twitter: fearofwriting
      February 19, 2014 | 10:16 AM

      Charlotte, Whoo Hoo!

      Thanks for christening the page for us on your first 10K Day. 😀

  2. Milli Thornton
    Twitter: fearofwriting
    February 19, 2014 | 10:14 AM

    I’m here, after a good night’s sleep. About to make cappuccino and then I’m going to indulge first in some journaling. I’ve barely had time to journal for months so this will be like eating candy.

  3. Charlotte Rains Dixon
    Twitter: wordstrumpet
    February 19, 2014 | 10:17 AM

    Yay, enjoy your journaling! I’ve just hit 3K words and I’m going to take a break and shower!

  4. Charlotte Rains Dixon
    Twitter: wordstrumpet
    February 19, 2014 | 10:24 AM

    I only have until 2:30 so I’ve got to nail it early!

  5. Lois
    February 19, 2014 | 10:39 AM

    I wanted so much to join in today, but it looks like I’ll have to sit this one out. I overdid it this past weekend, and my right hand is a little achy. I want it to recover, so I’m taking it easy.

    If I can be here on Saturday, even for a little bit, I will be.

    Good luck to everyone participating! 🙂

    • Carole Jane Treggett (@cjtreggett)
      Twitter: cjtreggett
      February 19, 2014 | 11:21 AM

      Hope your hand feels better soon, Lois, and you can get back to writing. I’m always in awe of how prolific you are:)

      • Lois
        February 19, 2014 | 2:25 PM

        Thanks, Carole. I’ve been doing a lot of story planning–or was until my hand started acting up again. It’s getting better though, albeit slowly.

        Good luck! 😀

    • Charlotte Rains Dixon
      Twitter: wordstrumpet
      February 19, 2014 | 11:33 AM

      Hope your hand feels better soon, Lois and thanks for the good thoughts.

      • Lois
        February 19, 2014 | 2:26 PM

        Thanks, Charlotte. And you’re welcome! 😀

    • Charlotte Rains Dixon
      Twitter: wordstrumpet
      February 19, 2014 | 11:34 AM

      Okay, I’m all showered and ready to get back to it. I’m having so much fun I canceled my 4 PM appointment!

      • Milli Thornton
        Twitter: fearofwriting
        February 19, 2014 | 12:14 PM

        Charlotte,

        That’s awesomely exciting. You’re having so much fun you canceled an appointment? I love it woman!!

        • Charlotte Rains Dixon
          Twitter: wordstrumpet
          February 19, 2014 | 12:18 PM

          It was for acupuncture, so easily done another time. Another 1K done! I need to do this every month.

          • Milli Thornton
            Twitter: fearofwriting
            February 19, 2014 | 12:21 PM

            Yes, you do! You’re already part of the crew. You fit right in and I’m thrilled to bits you’re having so much fun.

    • Milli Thornton
      Twitter: fearofwriting
      February 19, 2014 | 12:13 PM

      Bummer, Lois. I will miss you today. 🙁

      Have you ever tried Dragon or a similar speech recognition program so you can talk your stories instead of typing? There’s also a free one that comes with Microsoft Office. You just have to train it (which can be frustrating) but then you won’t have to pay for new software.

      (Tell me to go soak my head if we’ve already had this conversation. LOL I’m always popping up recommending Dragon to people.)

      Anyway, I can’t remember where in Office you have to look to access the free one, but here’s an article that might help, if you think you might want to try it:

      http://arstechnica.com/information-technology/2010/05/win-7s-built-in-speech-recognition-a-review

      • Lois
        February 19, 2014 | 2:32 PM

        Haha! Yes, I’ve tried Dragon, and I hate it with a passion! 😛 It slows down my computer, and it creates more editing work for me, as it’s not very accurate.

        Not to mention that “talking” my stories takes me out of “the Zone.” When I’m writing, I’m the character. When I’m talking, it’s too distracting, and I can’t “become” that character, as I hear my voice and not theirs.

        I really love the Swype app for Android. Problem is, of all my apps, I can only use it on my phone. It’s no longer compatible with Kindle, and I can’t get it for my Nextbook tablet. And I don’t much like SwiftKey, as it’s not nearly as accurate.

        Best thing I can do is just take it easy for a bit. I should be fine by this weekend. I haven’t been typing much today, and they’re feeling a bit better. I’m just not ready today. 😉

        Thanks, Milli. I appreciate it! *hugs*

      • Lois
        February 19, 2014 | 2:34 PM

        Ahem…of all my devices, I can only use Swype on my phone. 😉

        • Milli Thornton
          Twitter: fearofwriting
          February 19, 2014 | 2:53 PM

          Lois, that’s very interesting. Just goes to show, every writer has to find her own right way. Write way. 😀

          Glad the break is helping your achy hand feel better already. Hoping you can join us, even for just a little bit of writing, on Saturday!

          Love Ya ~ Milli

          • Lois
            February 19, 2014 | 3:21 PM

            When I was using Dragon, I went through a ton of stress–to the point of pain–because I was still doing too much and not giving myself time to mend.

            Now, I’ve been giving myself that time when I need it, and it’s so much better. Plus, I’ve lightened my non-writing (still involves typing, but it’s not my writing) load a lot, and I think that’s helped more than anything–well, besides taking time off. 😉

            So yeah, if I can’t type, I either take time off, or I use a tablet and “swype” instead of “type.” Even thought it’s a lot slower, I still get to write, and that’s important! 😀

            And thanks! I’m hoping to join you on Saturday, too! 😀

            Love you too, Milli! 🙂

  6. Carole Jane Treggett (@cjtreggett)
    Twitter: cjtreggett
    February 19, 2014 | 10:59 AM

    Hiya,

    I’m really happy with my journaling so far today – 6 full handwritten pages, so I figure I’m at 900 words already.

    I’m just bursting at the seams today and it feels good. I think Milli’s magical sidekick must have flown over here and sprinkled some writing mojo dust on me while I was sleeping last night 😀

    Now for a little snack and then on to the keyboard to let my fingers flyeeeee 🙂 Sending good writing vibes to all of you 🙂

    • Milli Thornton
      Twitter: fearofwriting
      February 19, 2014 | 12:15 PM

      Carole,

      Absolutely loved your update! I’ve been sprinkled with the same magic dust and I’m bursting at the seams with creative happiness today. 🙂

      XOXO!

  7. Milli Thornton
    Twitter: fearofwriting
    February 19, 2014 | 12:20 PM

    I’ve produced only 700 words of journaling but it’s been freakishly fun, like major playtime. I’m writing in my Moon Goddess journal in various colored gel pens and using stickers to illustrate.

    I did have a plan for today but I’ve tossed it aside in favor of the magic that emerged as I journaled. I was given a new screenplay idea, as well as reminded about a story I had worked on years ago but never finished.

    I’m off to have some breakfast (hate to tear myself away but I’m FAMISHED) and then I’m going to see where the fun takes me.

  8. Charlotte Rains Dixon
    Twitter: wordstrumpet
    February 19, 2014 | 2:06 PM

    Okay, you guys, I have 6K words. I can’t believe it, but I do! I just finished a novella I’ve been working on and I’m starting another. Not sure if I’ll work on that or switch to something else. But now I need to eat lunch. I am famished!

    • Milli Thornton
      Twitter: fearofwriting
      February 19, 2014 | 2:13 PM

      Did I already say Whoo Hoo? Well, now it’s WHOO HOO!!! Charlotte, that is so amazingly wonderful to hear. Finished one novella and moving onto another? Eeeeeee! (as we say here in Taos) That makes my daaaaay!

      • Carole Jane Treggett (@cjtreggett)
        Twitter: cjtreggett
        February 19, 2014 | 2:20 PM

        Smiling here, Milli. I didn’t read your comment before I typed ‘waaay’ in my response to Charlotte’s amazing feat. See what magic you promote? 🙂

        • Milli Thornton
          Twitter: fearofwriting
          February 19, 2014 | 2:22 PM

          Carole, I’m giggling, for so many reasons. We are a crew of little writing wizards. 😀

    • Carole Jane Treggett (@cjtreggett)
      Twitter: cjtreggett
      February 19, 2014 | 2:19 PM

      Um…picking my jaw up off the floor LOL.

      Wow, Charlotte, waaaay cool. Hope I get to read that novella soon Bon appetit. You’ve earned it 🙂

  9. Leigh Lauck
    February 19, 2014 | 2:14 PM

    Heigh-ho, Fellow 10Kers!

    Wow, the energy is vibrating at the highest cosmic levels in here today! Magic dust? Flying fingers? Canceling appointments and clearing the decks for more writing? AIEE! It’s infectious. You guys are all so inspiring!

    I just slurped down a bowl of hot and sour soup my husband whipped up for me, and I’m finishing up my first cup of coffee. Soup and coffee? you ask. Surprisingly, it’s working for me! I’m all fueled up and ready to go.

    I’ll be working on my novel today, with the goal of passing the 40K mark (that will mean about 3K words today). The plot lines are boiling up to critical events in the story, and I feel both challenged and excited to write it through. Wish me luck!

    And good luck to all of you today!

    • Milli Thornton
      Twitter: fearofwriting
      February 19, 2014 | 2:20 PM

      Welcome, Leigh. I knew you would feel the fireworks as soon as you arrived. 😀

      Hot and Sour Soup and coffee away! Sounds like good fuel for thinking and staring. I can feel those 3K words tingling to come out of you. Milla and Gaylord, go have your naps! Mommy’s bizzy.

    • Carole Jane Treggett (@cjtreggett)
      Twitter: cjtreggett
      February 19, 2014 | 2:23 PM

      Hi Leigh!
      So glad you’re here with us. Wishing you great writing prowess as you charge towards your 40k mark on your novel. By the way, that’s a feat in itself, so congrats already 🙂

  10. Milli Thornton
    Twitter: fearofwriting
    February 19, 2014 | 4:56 PM

    I have no idea what my word count is. I’m having such a mind-blowing experience I don’t even care. I’m feeling the need to get grounded, so I’m going to feng shui my desk (dust & declutter it), then have a shower and get dressed (still in my jammies at 3:55 heehee) and have a snack. When I come back I’m going to reconnect with a story I gave up on during a very dark period of my life. I’ve just been shown a way to resurrect it.

    • Carole Jane Treggett (@cjtreggett)
      Twitter: cjtreggett
      February 19, 2014 | 6:06 PM

      I’m intrigued about that story, Milli. I’m sure it will be powerful and glad you’re giving it some attention. Hugs.

      • Milli Thornton
        Twitter: fearofwriting
        February 19, 2014 | 6:26 PM

        Thanks, Carole. 😀

        The story is based on a writing prompt from my book. A prompt that wasn’t in the second edition, but it will make its appearance in the 3rd edition due to be released next month.

        It was one of those stories that makes you go “Holy Moly, where did THIS come from?” I didn’t have enough self-belief at the time to take it beyond the initial rush of words that came out before I knew what was happening. But maybe that’s a good thing. Maybe it receded into the background until I developed certain parts of myself that are stronger and more vibrant now. I can’t wait to see what happens. 🙂

        • Charlotte Rains Dixon
          Twitter: wordstrumpet
          February 19, 2014 | 6:54 PM

          How exciting, Milli! Can’t wait to hear more about it as it develops.

          • Milli Thornton
            Twitter: fearofwriting
            February 19, 2014 | 6:56 PM

            Thanks, Charlotte! And likewise, me with yours. 😀

        • Carole Jane Treggett (@cjtreggett)
          Twitter: cjtreggett
          February 19, 2014 | 8:35 PM

          LOVE when that happens, Milli! Can’t wait either to hear more about this xo

  11. Charlotte Rains Dixon
    Twitter: wordstrumpet
    February 19, 2014 | 5:14 PM

    Okay, so I’m slowing down a bit…I think I’m at 7Kish. Took a break to talk to a client and I’m coming back to it now. I love reading about everyone’s projects! What a fun, magical day. I wish all of my writing days were like this.

    • Milli Thornton
      Twitter: fearofwriting
      February 19, 2014 | 6:21 PM

      Charlotte, I know, right? If every day could feel this creative and fun—for everyone—the world would be a peaceful, happy place.

      Meanwhile, I’m thrilled to bits that you’ve joined us (and I can tell you’re hooked so I’m predicting we can expect you back in the months to come). Congrats on the 7K-ish, too, which possibly you’ve exceeded by now. Looking forward to your next report.

  12. Leigh Lauck
    February 19, 2014 | 5:30 PM

    Hey All – congratulations everyone on your remarkable accomplishments today! I love the camaraderie of the 10K day. Knowing you’re all out there dedicating this time to your creativity feels inspiring and supportive.

    It’s slow, thoughtful going for me today, which is okay. I’ve been writing at a breakneck pace in the past weeks. As I come to these critical points in the novel, I think it’s the right thing to slow down and choose just the right words, the right feelings. There’s some stuff coming up for my characters, characters I’m attached to and protective of, that must happen but I’m dreading it anyway. I want to slow down a bit and give these guys my attention and respect. And that approach is working.

    Mmmm, Milli, a snack sounds good right about now. CHOCOLATE sounds good right about now. When we were in Las Vegas, Matt bought me a Bounty bar at the international market. !!!! It’s still sitting on the kitchen counter. I think it’s calling my name.

    So, I’m at about 1,500 words and I think I’m going to take a break, eat chocolate, and maybe watch a movie with my husband before resuming (he’s off work today). I am still in my jammies and probably will remain here.

    Virtual hugs all around!

    • Milli Thornton
      Twitter: fearofwriting
      February 19, 2014 | 6:17 PM

      Leigh, your intuitive pace and loving attention to your characters with this critical part of your novel sounds just right. I’m on tenterhooks with you to make sure the Right Ones get your protection and the Other Ones reap what they have sown. But before then, there’s the danger that must be passed through. I agree with all your feelings about that.

      You’ve got a Bounty?? OMG. I’m now craving a Bounty. I’m not a huge coconut fan but those things are GOOD. And they remind me of Australia. Please think of me as you nibble, or gorge on it, as the case may be.

  13. Carole Jane Treggett (@cjtreggett)
    Twitter: cjtreggett
    February 19, 2014 | 6:02 PM

    Wow, you women are rockin’ this writing day! I’m so grateful to be a part of it. It’s getting close to dinner time for me, and I’m at 3,930 words in my document on the laptop,working on a new creative non-fiction project.So with my journaling from earlier, that brings my word count up to (clicking over to calculator app)…4,839 words so far today.

    A great premise for a new story came to me and not so gently tapped on my shoulder this afternoon 🙂 Maybe I’ll have some energy after supper to start in on it.

    • Milli Thornton
      Twitter: fearofwriting
      February 19, 2014 | 6:13 PM

      Carole, My eyes were a bit moist with happy tears reading your update. Jammin’ it on the word count, baby! I love the sound of your new creative non-fiction project. Can’t wait to hear about it, when the time comes that you feel like sharing.

      I also enjoyed hearing about the not-so-gentle tap from the new story premise. It seems like that kind of day around here, I’ll tell ya what. The wizards of writing are upon us.

      I think I can speak for Leigh in saying that Leigh and I will still be here writing into the night, so feel free to keep updating us after supper. Whatever you end up writing, I wanna hear about it!

  14. Leigh Lauck
    February 19, 2014 | 6:19 PM

    Right on, Carole and Charlotte!

    Yep, I’ll still be lurking around throughout the evening.

    • Charlotte Rains Dixon
      Twitter: wordstrumpet
      February 19, 2014 | 6:55 PM

      Carole Jane and Leigh, sounds like you had a rockin’ day! Yay! Just one question: what is a Bounty bar? Whatever it is, I want one!

      • Carole Jane Treggett (@cjtreggett)
        Twitter: cjtreggett
        February 19, 2014 | 8:31 PM

        You can have mine, Charlotte. I’m not a fan of coconut. But if we’re talkin’ dark chocolate with almonds, I’m your girl! 😀

  15. Charlotte Rains Dixon
    Twitter: wordstrumpet
    February 19, 2014 | 6:57 PM

    Okay, writing buds, I’m at 9,247 words and I’m done. I’ve got to go feed the cats, do some yoga, and cook dinner before I have to go out tonight. Alas, I will not be at the computer this evening. But I am very pleased with my word count. One novella finished and the next one in the series about a quarter done. Thank you all for your support and energy and magic!

    • Milli Thornton
      Twitter: fearofwriting
      February 19, 2014 | 7:04 PM

      Heckamundo, Charlotte. 9,247 on your first 10K day?? You definitely deserve a Bounty bar. Actually, a whole box of Bounty bars!

      I couldn’t imagine this 10K day without you. We will miss you, but have a great evening. I reckon you’ll be feeling good all night, after finishing one novella and getting a quarter done on the next. Yee-haw!

  16. Carole Jane Treggett (@cjtreggett)
    Twitter: cjtreggett
    February 19, 2014 | 8:22 PM

    Good evening, writing goddesses! I’ve managed another bout of writing, bringing my total up to 6,154 words. Eeee! Rewarding myself now and unwinding with a nice glass of red wine. Going to watch House of Cards with Michael shortly.So glad we procrastinated and didn’t cancel our subscription after that first free month offer to Netflix 😀

    Wow, I’ve been so very inspired today.It’s a bit sad to watch the sun go down on this one! Thanks so very much Milli, Charlotte, Leigh, and Lois for a most awesome 10K day. xo

    • Milli Thornton
      Twitter: fearofwriting
      February 19, 2014 | 8:50 PM

      ¡Ay, caramba! 6,154 words! You’ve earned that glass of wine and favorite show, lady.

      A dozen hearts for you, and a curtsey.

      ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥

  17. Milli Thornton
    Twitter: fearofwriting
    February 19, 2014 | 8:54 PM

    Just had Indian curry leftovers served by Brian, topped off by a double square of mint-spiked dark chocolate.

    I’m going to finish the journaling I was doing before dinner—regarding all the aspects in which I’m about to reconnect with the story that languished in my files for so long—before embarking on the actual story.

    Leighess? Still out there?

  18. Leigh Lauck
    February 19, 2014 | 9:17 PM

    Gorgeous Ladies of 10K Awesomeness: I salute you!

    Congratulations, Carole, Charlotte, Lois and Milli! I doff my hat in honor of your achievements. What a day!

    I finished the chapter, falling just short of my goal at 39,600 words (2,300 words today). It’s so funny and weird, I didn’t even reach the point I was expecting to write about today, but instead found this particular character had something else to do before getting to that episode. I am always tickled and surprised when that happens.

    I’m settling down to watch Justified with my husband. I *heart* Raylan Givens, and reflect upon what a masterful storyteller Elmore Leonard was. Rest in peace, Mr. Leonard.

    I may dive back in to begin the next chapter before the night is done, but I’m pleased with what came out on the page today.

    Milli, I am thrilled to hear that you will be reentering the world of your story. And applause to Brian for plying you with Indian delicacies and minty chocolate treats.

    Novellas and journaling and creative non-fiction, oh my! I am in awe of the 10K crew.

    I’m enjoying a glass of red wine, too! An feeling grateful for all of you, for today, and for the muse who speaks to all of us.

  19. Leigh Lauck
    February 19, 2014 | 9:24 PM

    PS, Charlotte — Milli may have already said this, but a Bounty bar is a British/Aussie take on coconut and chocolate, like a Mounds bar sent from heaven. I haven’t had one in ages. I decided to save it for now, and instead partook of a Toblerone hiding in the kitchen cabinet. For your writing efforts today, you have earned a whole truckload of Bounty bars, or whatever sweet treat that floats your sweet tooth boat. xo

  20. Milli Thornton
    Twitter: fearofwriting
    February 19, 2014 | 11:53 PM

    I reached 5,110 words. A good portion of my day was spent connecting dots inside of me. It felt very healing.

  21. Charlotte Rains Dixon
    Twitter: wordstrumpet
    February 20, 2014 | 8:15 AM

    Leigh, Carole, Lois, Milli–Thank you for a wonderful, amazing day on my first 10K effort! I had so much fun and got so much done, I’m still glowing! (At my meeting last night, I was making notes on how much I could get done if I participated regularly.)

    And Leigh, thanks for telling me about the Bounty bar. Mounds bars were my favorite when I was a kid (anything with coconut is good in my book) so I’m sure I’d love me a Bounty!

    XOXO
    Charlotte

    • Milli Thornton
      Twitter: fearofwriting
      February 20, 2014 | 9:30 AM

      Charlotte,

      I’m so happy your first 10K day left you glowing. 🙂 As far as productivity, if you can sometimes join us for the Saturday event as well, you get double the value in one week.

      Milli

    • Lois
      February 22, 2014 | 8:44 AM

      You’re welcome, Charlotte. I’m glad you had an awesome time. 🙂

  22. Lois
    February 22, 2014 | 8:47 AM

    Is anyone participating today? I plan to, but I need to take a shower, then we need to go grocery shopping first.

    So, I plan to be here…after lunch? I’ll be shooting for 2.5-3K.

    So, I’d better hurry so we can get going. I can’t wait to get started on some freewriting later!

    ~Lois

    • Milli Thornton
      Twitter: fearofwriting
      February 22, 2014 | 9:48 AM

      Good Morning, Lois!

      Yes, we shall be here when you arrive sometime after lunch. Leigh and I will be here for sure, Lori G. had RSVP’d for today and possibly Sue Jeffels.

      Bev will also be here, but she’s a nocturnal writer so you may not cross paths with her today.

      Get those groceries done so you can join us!

      😀

      • Lori Guenter (@lorigg)
        Twitter: lorigg
        February 22, 2014 | 10:20 AM

        The family has agreed that I can spend some time writing today so I am here until they change their mnds (teenagers can change their minds at a rapid pace so even if I leave I may be back)

        • Milli Thornton
          Twitter: fearofwriting
          February 22, 2014 | 10:21 AM

          LOL! Good luck with your teenagers, Lori.

      • Lois
        February 22, 2014 | 2:55 PM

        It took a lot longer than I thought it would, since after we came home, we went back out to go to Ace Hardware and then Paul’s Bakery (their cookies and donuts are incredible, but we don’t get them often, so I couldn’t pass that up!).

        Now I’m here and ready to do some freewriting! 😀

        And I’ve got Yogi Relaxed Mind tea. I’ve never tried it before, but it’s supposed to help with relaxation and creativity! 🙂

        • Milli Thornton
          Twitter: fearofwriting
          February 22, 2014 | 2:58 PM

          LOL! Right when I was posting “Lois, come out to play” you were posting this.

          Great to have you here. You’re making me crave Paul’s Bakery. 😀

          • Lois
            February 22, 2014 | 6:16 PM

            Haha!

            Paul’s Bakery is awesome! I don’t usually get their cakes (too much sugar!), but I love their cookies–unfrosted, of course. We got peanut butter cookies and oatmeal raisin cookies. They’re soft and soooooo good!

            And so was my (unsweetened) Yogi tea! 😀

  23. Charlotte Rains Dixon
    Twitter: wordstrumpet
    February 22, 2014 | 8:55 AM

    Hi guys–I can’t participate today, my 2-year-old grandson is here (not conducive to writing) and I’ve got other things to do. But I’ll be with you in spirit, cheering you on! Happy writing!

    • Milli Thornton
      Twitter: fearofwriting
      February 22, 2014 | 9:48 AM

      Charlotte,

      Thanks for the Saturday cheers. Have fun with Henry!

      XOXO

    • Lois
      February 22, 2014 | 2:56 PM

      Thanks, Charlotte. Have an awesome day! 😀

  24. Milli Thornton
    Twitter: fearofwriting
    February 22, 2014 | 9:49 AM

    Alrighty, then. I’ve got my cappuccino and chocolate biscotti and I’m ready to roll. As usual, I’ll be starting with some journaling.

  25. Lori Guenter (@lorigg)
    Twitter: lorigg
    February 22, 2014 | 10:18 AM

    Good morning ladies. I have had a slow start today. Pushing through barriers that crept in over the last week or so while I wasn’t paying attention. I completed one blog post based on a writing exercise to help. I’m sitting at about 600 words and going to pull out my journal and write in hopes of determining where I am headed.

    • Milli Thornton
      Twitter: fearofwriting
      February 22, 2014 | 10:22 AM

      Welcome, Lori. I’m over here journaling to get myself warmed up. Nice to know you are too.

  26. Milli Thornton
    Twitter: fearofwriting
    February 22, 2014 | 11:21 AM

    I’ve birthed approx. 1K multi-colored words in my moon goddess journal. I’m hungry, chilly and I want more coffee. Also need to find a way to switch gears emotionally after journaling about some dreams last night that churned up old stuff. I’ll have to figure out how to do that after I’ve satisfied my physical needs.

    • Lori Guenter (@lorigg)
      Twitter: lorigg
      February 22, 2014 | 12:25 PM

      Hopefully the break can help you switch gears, or find some teenagers to hang out with, they’ll keep you on your toes.

      • Milli Thornton
        Twitter: fearofwriting
        February 22, 2014 | 12:42 PM

        Thanks, Lori. The break did help. While preparing breakfast, I connected some more dots regarding some life and creativity issues (which was happening like crazy on Wednesday as well) and that showed me the way forward. I’ve had a complete shift in emotional energy and now I’m looking forward to the next part. It will be a combo of stories and journaling.

  27. Lori Guenter (@lorigg)
    Twitter: lorigg
    February 22, 2014 | 12:24 PM

    Well that was a surprise! Two pages into my journaling where my pen felt like a sword pushing back the doubts and excuses one of my newest characters showed up with an announcement. A totally unexpected announcement. I knew I needed to work with that story sometime this week but now I am caught off guard. After a few days of my characters going into hiding, it was good to see one again even if they plan to send me into a tailspin.

    About 750 words of journalling long hand and about 500 on an upcoming blog story that includes a book review. This puts me in the neighborhood of 1800 words. I’ll take it. Though I have more questions than answers at this time.

    • Milli Thornton
      Twitter: fearofwriting
      February 22, 2014 | 12:45 PM

      Lori, what an awesome update. I loved the way you said “my pen felt like a sword pushing back the doubts and excuses.” So poetic.

      Your character showing up unexpectedly with a surprise announcement sounds exciting. And that feeling of going into a tailspin sounds like a lucky omen. The dread, adventure and mystery of going into the unknown with our characters. There’s nothing else like it!

      Can’t wait for your next report.

  28. Milli Thornton
    Twitter: fearofwriting
    February 22, 2014 | 12:48 PM

    I’m on 1,630 words and about to graduate from my moon goddess journal to the keyboard. The process of journaling really went to the heart of the matter and I was given answers I didn’t know were waiting in the wings. The writing I’ll be doing next will put those solutions into action. Can’t wait to see how it all pans out.

    But first I’m going to make another cappuccino.

  29. Lori Guenter (@lorigg)
    Twitter: lorigg
    February 22, 2014 | 1:47 PM

    I do not know where I am going with my characters surprise announcement. So I ignored it for now. Instead I pulled together thoughts about my writing process for a presentation I am part of on Monday. At five and a bit pages of handwriting, I hope I don’t take more time than I have been given. Time for a late lunch after which I will see what happens with the surprises of earlier.

    Estimates of about 1600 more words. I’ll add to it and total it later when my brain cells have been fed.

  30. Milli Thornton
    Twitter: fearofwriting
    February 22, 2014 | 2:56 PM

    Lois, O, Looooois, come out to play!

    😀

    • Lois
      February 22, 2014 | 3:02 PM

      I’m here…finally. 😉

      It’s nice to be remembered! 😀

      I’m about to do some freewriting. This won’t be anything McCabe Saga-related. Just want to write something different today. And isn’t that sometimes part of the fun–writing new things with no expectations of where it will head? I plan to make at least one new discovery with this. Who knows? Maybe I’ll come up with a new character or a new story idea! 🙂

      • Lori Guenter (@lorigg)
        Twitter: lorigg
        February 22, 2014 | 4:39 PM

        Hopefully you discover new characters and new adventures to explore. It is part of the fun of writing.

        • Lois
          February 22, 2014 | 6:13 PM

          Yes, it is! And I discovered a new character, learned a few things about her, but I didn’t get anywhere near the 2.5-3K I wanted. My final word count was only 501, but I’m happy anyway. 🙂

  31. Leigh Lauck
    February 22, 2014 | 4:19 PM

    Hi Guys — I’m checking in and I’m ready to roll! Hope this day is going well for everyone!

  32. Milli Thornton
    Twitter: fearofwriting
    February 22, 2014 | 4:24 PM

    I’m just under 3K so far. It’s been a slow and relaxed but intense exploration of something that’s been holding me back for a long time—today feels like major revelations and solutions falling into place. Can’t rush the process; it wants to go at snail’s pace. I’m also lingering a lot so I can enjoy it.

    I’m craving chocolate lava cake but I have nothing faintly resembling it in the house.

    • Lori Guenter (@lorigg)
      Twitter: lorigg
      February 22, 2014 | 4:40 PM

      There is a time for lingering and from your updates it sounds like that is just the right pace for the day.

      • Milli Thornton
        Twitter: fearofwriting
        February 22, 2014 | 9:07 PM

        Thank you for this support, Lori. It felt sweet to be gently acknowledged in this way.

    • Lois
      February 22, 2014 | 6:18 PM

      Ugh! Now that I read this, I think I need to fix myself a bitter hot cocoa (hot cocoa without sweetener of any kind)! 😉

      • Milli Thornton
        Twitter: fearofwriting
        February 22, 2014 | 7:07 PM

        Lois, I had hot chocolate with toast for dunking the other night when I badly needed some comfort food.

        But today the best replacement I could find for chocolate lava cake was to dunk a dark chocolate biscotti in my cappuccino. Pretty good.

        • Lois
          February 22, 2014 | 8:03 PM

          Oooh, I love Nonni’s biscotti. Have you ever tried it?

          I tried baking biscotti once (twice baked, actually!), when we lived up in Joplin, but it didn’t come out very good. Our oven was crap. Haha!

          Instead of bitter hot chocolate, we’re going to have popcorn, cheese, and Yellow Tail Sweet Red Roo! 🙂

          • Milli Thornton
            Twitter: fearofwriting
            February 22, 2014 | 8:19 PM

            Yep, I have! Nonni’s Decadence was what I had with my afternoon cappuccino. Yum.

            Hearing about your Yellow Tail made me pour a small glass of Robert Mondavi cab-sauv to have with the square of salted almond dark chocolate I’m savoring in niblets.

            Enjoy your popcorn!

            • Lois
              February 23, 2014 | 8:07 AM

              That’s exactly what Jeff and I used to get. I’ll need to get it next week! 😀

              Sounds yummy. 🙂

              We did, thanks! 😀

  33. Lori Guenter (@lorigg)
    Twitter: lorigg
    February 22, 2014 | 4:38 PM

    Lunch and a couple hands of a card game cleared my head. I returned to see where my characters surprise was taking us. He is a new character I was working with for a short project. Seems he is taking a larger role elsewhere. I had left a short story hanging. It is turning into a longer story and my character is on his way to help in a crisis. Lots of action and lots of questions. Which probably means lots of editing in my future. For now, played with a dialogue heavy section and found a few more surprises. looked back at my last update and see my brain cells were really misfiring and my estimate of words did not add up. Recalculating and adding this burst of writing I am in around 4K. The hand cramps from holding the pen to tight are driving me to take a break and find a snack.

    • Milli Thornton
      Twitter: fearofwriting
      February 22, 2014 | 9:06 PM

      Lori, I loved hearing more about your character surprises. The 4K is awesome and the character that grew beyond his initial short story role sounds invigorating. I know what you mean about the hand cramping. I was having that too until I switched from journaling to the keyboard.

  34. Lois
    February 22, 2014 | 6:26 PM

    I didn’t get nearly as much written as I wanted, but I’ve got the beginnings of what I think will be a fun freewrite. Unexpected things will happen. I just don’t know what they are yet. 😀

    So, my final word count for today is a very small count of 501 words, but I don’t mind.

    I set up two new Scrivener projects. One is for a book of prompts, and one is for a freewriting journal. I worked on the first freewrite today. 🙂

    It takes place in the Berkshires. (Ah, home!)

    And I set up an account on Instagram, finally! 😀

    So, I’m going to get off here and do some relaxing while Jeff takes his shower, then we’ll have some slow cooked Italian style meatballs on wheat sandwich rolls. Yummy. (I posted a pic on Facebook on Thursday night: https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=10151853951351707&set=a.10150971709076707.412594.521396706&type=1&theater) And yes, he did eat it all. Haha!

    Anyway, I’ve got to run, so I wish you all a lot of luck with your word counts tonight. Have fun, and make awesome discoveries! 😀

    ~Lois

    • Milli Thornton
      Twitter: fearofwriting
      February 22, 2014 | 9:09 PM

      Lois, 501 words that you enjoyed writing is simply adorable. You’ve set the scene for some fun writing later, and sometimes that’s just the ticket.

      Sounds like you’ve had a productive day in other ways, as well. I envy you the Instagram account. I’d like to do that too but apparently I don’t have the correct device.

      • Lois
        February 23, 2014 | 8:10 AM

        Yeah, it was a lot of fun. I plan to get back to it tomorrow. 🙂

        I did. It’s my way of getting myself to take more photos. (I’ve really slacked off!) It’s too bad you can’t use Instagram. I’ve been thinking about it for a while, and I finally did it yesterday. Sometimes, there’s a benefit to procrastination. 😉

  35. Milli Thornton
    Twitter: fearofwriting
    February 22, 2014 | 7:28 PM

    I’m still here, making slow progress. Anybody else still in residence?

  36. Leigh Lauck
    February 22, 2014 | 8:10 PM

    Hi Milli! I’m here. I’m at about 2,200 words. My goal today is to reach 50K in the novel and to finish the current chapter. That means I need to write another 1,500 words or so. I guess I’m focusing more on finishing the chapter than word count!

    Sounds like you are in an intense writing space, and in a good way. Can’t wait to hear more about it.

    I’m just going to keep going as long as I can…

    • Milli Thornton
      Twitter: fearofwriting
      February 22, 2014 | 9:04 PM

      Awesome. Just wanted to know you’re still out there, and that the novel is still emerging from your fingertips.

      I’m having a sublime experience!

      • Leigh Lauck
        February 22, 2014 | 9:41 PM

        Sublime! I love to hear that!
        I just finished the chapter. Holy cow. I was filled with a lot of doubt and uncertainty today. I wasn’t sure I could write this episode, if it would be any good, if it would come out the way it needed to. I kept telling myself “Just write, Leigh. Worry about how it comes out later.”

        And by some miracle it came out the way it was meant to. It may need a bit of tweaking here and there, but I am pleased with it. And now I know where I need to go next.

        I’m at 49,500 words. I’m going to take a break, and then read it again. Then I might dive into the next chapter…or I might pour a glass of wine and watch “Girls.”

        Thinking of you (and the other 10Kers) and hoping you are getting where you want to go!

        • Milli Thornton
          Twitter: fearofwriting
          February 22, 2014 | 9:47 PM

          Yippee Kai Yay, little dawgies!! I’m thrilled to hear it came out the way you intended, despite the Gollumish voices of self-doubt. That rocks! So does 49.5 for your novel.

          Enjoy your vino. I had a little affair with Robert Mondavi earlier and now I’m sated. 😉

  37. Bev Sninchak
    February 22, 2014 | 9:39 PM

    Checking in for tonight’s writing! I”m working on The Book Manuscript. No title or info other than that. Don’t wanna jinx m’self! 😉 *waves to all*

    • Leigh Lauck
      February 22, 2014 | 9:42 PM

      You go, Bev!!!!

    • Milli Thornton
      Twitter: fearofwriting
      February 22, 2014 | 9:42 PM

      Hi Bev!

      Great to have you here among us. That makes three of us Night Writers: you, me and Leigh.

      I love “The Book Manuscript.” And the intent behind the generic working title. I’m always leery about sharing the details of my writing projects too soon as well. I had to giggle seeing someone else who’s as superstitious as I am!

      Milli

      • Bev Sninchak
        February 22, 2014 | 9:55 PM

        Same here! I’ve found it adds to much pressure/expectation…and I’d rather unveil things AFTER they’re completely written!

  38. Bev Sninchak
    February 22, 2014 | 9:56 PM

    Nice to meet you, Leigh! 😉 Would’ve been here sooner, but was working with an editing client. And eating Chinese food for dinner! Okay, will check in later, ladies. Night Writers, unite!

    • Leigh Lauck
      February 22, 2014 | 10:33 PM

      Nice to meet you, too, Bev! I’m sipping a glass of wine and having a little celebration for myself. Before I get back to the writing 🙂

      • Bev Sninchak
        February 23, 2014 | 12:07 AM

        Wine’s always nice as a writing companion, Leigh! 😀

  39. Bev Sninchak
    February 22, 2014 | 9:57 PM

    Oh — tonight’s writing beverage is Hazelnut coffee by Gevalia 😉

  40. Milli Thornton
    Twitter: fearofwriting
    February 22, 2014 | 11:51 PM

    Total word count for today is 8,135.

    Very happy with the direction my writing took today, but I would not have predicted it this morning. I did not even open the story I was planning to work on—but what I wrote instead will be/already is life-changing for me.

    Very tired now and heading off to bed.

    Bev, have a wonderful time of writing deep into the night. I’ll be checking this page tomorrow, eager for your updates. 😀

    Leigh, if you’re still out there writing, Heigh Ho!

    • Bev Sninchak
      February 23, 2014 | 12:06 AM

      Ooo, nicely done! I’m ups for probably another three or four hours, so I have a way to go. On my breaks, I’m crocheting on a scarf I’m making for my husband. This is a nice night for creating on so many levels!

      Sleep well, Milli! Thanks again for all you do!

      Bev

      • Milli Thornton
        Twitter: fearofwriting
        February 23, 2014 | 12:14 AM

        Rock on with crocheting the scarf, Bev. Sounds like the perfect creative therapy in between bouts of writing. G’night!

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