10K Day: Live, While It’s Happening! – Nov 24 & 27

“I Brake For Squirrels” (and 10K Day nuts)

“I Brake for Squirrels” (and 10K Day nuts)

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

This is the place to post your check-ins for Wednesday, November 24 and/or Saturday, November 27.

To learn more about this event, check the special 10K Day section (see blog menu above). If you develop a case of writer’s block—or need some extra ideas on what to write—you’ll find plenty of inspiring resources in the Write NOW! section.


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.


Comment moderation will be turned off for the day so your posts should appear right away. If you don’t see yours, try refreshing your screen.

Keep check-ins fairly brief:

1. You can mention your word count if you want to. If you’d rather not, please provide a general 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.

5. Check-ins only. Please DO NOT post your writing!

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

Go gettum, Tigers! – Milli

215 Responses to 10K Day: Live, While It’s Happening! – Nov 24 & 27
  1. Al McCartan
    November 23, 2010 | 11:46 PM

    Hokay! a tad late, but I’m away – I forgot the Wednesday I thought it began on Saturday….

    I’ve done 4k thus far. The story is a YA centered around a high school function. Locale Washington State – the idea being that the story is for the US market. Amendment – 4600.

  2. Al McCartan
    November 23, 2010 | 11:51 PM

    I have just devoured a poached egg sandwich – cooked by own hands and the microwave. It is a sunny Aussie aftrernoon and my lawns still need mowing.
    Story so far 5k. I’ll have an early Thanksgiving piece of pecan pie – bought for a song. Milo-The-Cat gets the canned Turkey.

    Al @1550 Wed 24 Nov.

  3. Al McCartan
    November 24, 2010 | 4:08 AM

    Seven K words down – look forward to seeing y’all when you wake – then, dagnabbit, it’ll be bedtime for me. Then it’ll be Thurday.
    Good luck to all those who have taken the plunge. :o)

    • catherine
      November 24, 2010 | 2:56 PM

      Congratulations Al!!!!!

  4. Toyah
    November 24, 2010 | 6:41 AM

    Argh – I’m late!! It’s 11.30am here and I’ve only just got to the PC following a terrible night’s sleep (or no sleep, to be more accurate) last night (thank you hubby for snoring constantly). :o( Onwards and upwards though..!

  5. Toyah
    November 24, 2010 | 6:42 AM

    Oh, forgot to mention – I’m fueled up with a bacon sandwich and tea. Hubby can make it up to me for keeping me awake by supplying me with regular tea throughout the day… 😉

  6. @fearofwriting
    Twitter: fearofwriting
    November 24, 2010 | 7:38 AM

    Alza ~ Thanks for being our little Aussie flag bearer again and CONGRATS on the 7K!

    Toyah ~ That’s what I do too; I make hubby help. I’ve got him lined up to make my favorite Indian dish for dinner tonight.

    Off to get coffee and wake up this groggy head.

  7. Toyah
    November 24, 2010 | 7:56 AM

    1012!! 😀

    SO glad that I spent my lunch break yesterday sketching out a rough plan of where I want the story to go, it’s been a godsend today!

    • @fearofwriting
      Twitter: fearofwriting
      November 24, 2010 | 8:01 AM

      Fantastic, Toyah!

      You inspire me. I’m slowly waking up and about to get into some rough writing (still in my jammies) just to warm up.

      • Toyah
        November 24, 2010 | 8:14 AM

        That’s very kind – I never thought I’d inspire anyone! The sleep I managed to grab between 7am and 10.30am has obviously refreshed my brain enough to get it going. I spent most of the night lying awake thinking how I was going to be too shattered today to string two words together, let alone 10,000. Darned snoring!! 🙁

        • @fearofwriting
          Twitter: fearofwriting
          November 24, 2010 | 8:25 AM

          I hear ya. For once I slept fairly well last night but I’ve spent many a night of insomnia before a 10K Day wondering how I was going to write without two rested brain cells to rub together.

          You’re doing fabulously!

  8. Dana Pittman
    Twitter: danapittman
    November 24, 2010 | 8:38 AM

    Good morning! I’m finding a hiding place and ready to get some writing done. I’m determined to hit 10k today. :o)

    I’ll check in again…soon.

    • @fearofwriting
      Twitter: fearofwriting
      November 24, 2010 | 8:42 AM

      Welcome, Dana! Good to have you here. You go, woman!

      • Dana
        Twitter: danapittman
        November 24, 2010 | 11:21 AM

        Thanks! I’m trying to keep up. I want to make a noticeable difference in my book today. Sigh…I’m off to take a break.

  9. @fearofwriting
    Twitter: fearofwriting
    November 24, 2010 | 8:47 AM

    Word count: I have a whole 345.

    I was finally starting to feel warmed up when hunger pains struck. Arggh!! So I’m interrupting my hard-earned flow to go have some eggs on toast. Might as well have my shower while I’m at it.

    P.S. Where is everybody? I thought at least Jenny (EST) would be here by now? 🙂

  10. Feywriter
    November 24, 2010 | 8:57 AM

    7 AM here. Hubby is off to work, and little boy still in bed. No school today, so I don’t have to leave the house. Let’s see what I can do before breakfast!

    • @fearofwriting
      Twitter: fearofwriting
      November 24, 2010 | 9:13 AM

      Welcome, Mary! So fun to see you return. And glad the day could coincide with a no-school day for you.

  11. Patti Stafford
    Twitter: pattistafford
    November 24, 2010 | 9:06 AM

    8:00 am here. I don’t know how much writing I’ll get done, I still have some plotting and all to do, but I do wish to cheer everyone on! Go writers!

    I’m sure Lois will be by very soon. She’s been on fire this week. 🙂

    • @fearofwriting
      Twitter: fearofwriting
      November 24, 2010 | 9:15 AM

      Pattikins! Glad you could join us. 😀

  12. catherine
    November 24, 2010 | 9:24 AM

    6:15am here on the West coast. I woke up at 4am and thought “This is the day!” then fell happily back to sleep.
    I’m going to eat bacon, eggs and toast then go to our local espresso cafe with my husband to wake up my writing juices! I’m so excited – this is my first 10K experience! Yipeeee – see ya later!

    • @fearofwriting
      Twitter: fearofwriting
      November 24, 2010 | 9:27 AM

      Lucky duck. Wish I could go to the cafe with you. OK, hurry back! (but enjoy your coffee :D)

  13. Toyah
    November 24, 2010 | 9:56 AM

    Hooray – just passed the 2000 mark (2013)!

    Forgot to mention before that this is my NaNoWriMo story, which is a tale of a world similar to, but not, our own. A young boy holds himself responsible for the mysterious disappearance of the boy who was bullying him, so he and the bully’s younger sister leave their peaceful village to venture out into the unknown world to find and rescue him. It’s fantasy, so there are a few magical and mystical things thrown in (not all of which I’ve thought up yet, but I’m sure they’ll be great!).

    Good luck all!

    PS I’m ‘toycool’ on the NaNo site if anyone wishes to be buddies. 😉

    • @fearofwriting
      Twitter: fearofwriting
      November 24, 2010 | 10:12 AM

      Your story sounds wonderful, Toyah! And your progress for the day so far really keeps me inspired. So glad you could join us today!

    • Lois
      November 24, 2010 | 10:30 AM

      I’ve added you! 😀 I’m LMEighmy.

  14. Lois Eighmy
    November 24, 2010 | 10:01 AM

    I’m here! I’m here!

    Patti’s right. I’ve been on fire. The past two days have been personal 10K Days for me, and I’ve reached my goal each time. My big goal is to reach 100K by the 30th (double the Nanowrimo standard), and I’ve only got 16K left to go.

    Piece. Of. Cake.


    Now, I’m going to switch to the laptop and get started…


    • @fearofwriting
      Twitter: fearofwriting
      November 24, 2010 | 10:13 AM

      Wowsers, Lois!! You’re an Amazon woman!!

      Glad you could make it, especially after two 10K Days already. I think three in a row would kill me off! (old ladies need more recovery time than that 😉

      • Lois
        November 24, 2010 | 10:19 AM

        Hahaha! You’re not old!

        I’ve toyed with the idea of attempting to write a novel in 10 days (it would be at least 100K, of course), but I don’t know if my wrists could handle it! 😛

      • Toyah
        November 24, 2010 | 10:20 AM

        As Milli said – wowsers! 100k is something I can only dream of at the moment… Massive congratulations! 😀

        • Lois
          November 24, 2010 | 12:39 PM

          Thanks! 😀 My story’s taken a lot of twists and turns, with some big changes that will have to be made during the re-write, but the fact that I’m still writing is a very good sign. Until now, I’ve always had a hard time getting very far past 10K. Needless to say, I’ve very pleased with this story. 🙂

      • Dana
        Twitter: danapittman
        November 24, 2010 | 11:13 AM

        It must be the water. LOL! 🙂

        Congrats Lois my writing She-Ro. :o)

        • Lois
          November 24, 2010 | 12:40 PM

          She-ro. Cool! 😀

          Actually, I think it’s something in the coffee this morning. I started out with lite, and then switched to decaf with cinnamon, nutmeg, cardamon, and cloves in it. Must be a power mix or something! 😛

          • Dana
            Twitter: danapittman
            November 24, 2010 | 4:55 PM

            Email me the recipe. 🙂 You know how much I love coffee.

            • Lois
              November 24, 2010 | 7:36 PM

              LOL! The recipe’s above. Just shake a little of each in when you add the coffee, and voila! Spiced coffee! 🙂

  15. @fearofwriting
    Twitter: fearofwriting
    November 24, 2010 | 10:54 AM

    732 words & my short project is in the bag. Now to start on my main project for the day. #amwriting #coffee #glee

    Main project is a treatment for a screenplay:

    Sci Fi/ fantasy/drama

    Can’t wait!

    • Lois
      November 24, 2010 | 12:41 PM

      One of these days, I’ll get back to my screenplay. I’ve got a lot to cut, and a bit of tweaking to do. I look forward to it.

      Someday…after this story… 🙂

  16. catherine
    November 24, 2010 | 11:09 AM

    It’s 8am on the west coast USA and I’m ready to write. Just listened to a rousing version of “Jambalaya” on the KCSM Jazz and I’m fired up!

    Congratulations everyone already going! Wowsers ~ I have a lot to catch up starting all the way with Al doing so well down under! Good luck to all…

    • @fearofwriting
      Twitter: fearofwriting
      November 24, 2010 | 11:22 AM

      No worries! We’re all in different time zones, so all of us are trying to catch up to Al Down Under. LOL!

      Glad you’re here. Have fun!!!!

  17. Patti Stafford
    Twitter: pattistafford
    November 24, 2010 | 11:13 AM

    I’ve been re-plotting an older story of mine. No actual writing yet, but maybe I can have it outlined some by Saturday and get a good word count then.

    Hope everyone is having an Awesome Day!

    • @fearofwriting
      Twitter: fearofwriting
      November 24, 2010 | 11:23 AM

      Sounds good, Pattikins. As long as creativity + enjoyment is involved, it’s a 10K Day in my books, and the word count can be invisible. 🙂

    • catherine
      November 24, 2010 | 2:54 PM

      You have an awesome day too Patti. Good luck with your writing!

  18. Toyah
    November 24, 2010 | 11:14 AM

    3000! Yay! With the aid of chocolate biscuits and decaff coffee (caff gives me migraines) in my ‘Go Away I’m Writing’ mug. It’s now 4.15pm here.

    • Dana
      Twitter: danapittman
      November 24, 2010 | 11:19 AM

      Congrats! I love that mug. Wish I had one. My kiddos keep peeking in. I thought I picked a good hiding place…but I was wrong. Ha ha…

    • Lois
      November 24, 2010 | 12:45 PM

      LINKIES!!! 😀

      I looooove that mug! 🙂 I’ve been drinking out of my new Nanowrimo cafe mug. I love it, too!

      Now I’m wishing I had some chocolate! 😉

      • Toyah
        November 24, 2010 | 12:57 PM

        I do love the Nanowrimo travel mug (the one with the lid), but have way too many mugs in the house already…hubby would go nuts if I tried to cram another one into the cupboard! I think I’ll treat myself to one of those in whatever year I actually manage to hit the 50k by the deadline… 😉

        • Lois
          November 24, 2010 | 1:03 PM

          I have three Nanowrimo mugs: a red one that says “Can’t Talk. Noveling,” the brown travel mug with a lid, and the new cafe mug (https://store.lettersandlight.org/merchandise/nanowrimo-diner-mug). I want another one, and I want one of their hoodies, but I may wait until April, when I participate in Script Frenzy.

          The cafe mug is the one I’m using, and it’s my favorite. It’s thick and chunky, just the way I like it. 🙂

  19. Dana
    Twitter: danapittman
    November 24, 2010 | 11:18 AM

    I’m with Patti this morning. I’m writing for NaNoWriMo but I’m working on my outline this morning. It’s now over 100 pages. This afternoon I’m going to write. I have a solid basis for the beginning of the book after deleting, rearranging, crying, screaming…you know the drill. 🙂

    • @fearofwriting
      Twitter: fearofwriting
      November 24, 2010 | 11:25 AM

      LOL!! Good thing we writers have an exceptional range of emotions!

    • Lois
      November 24, 2010 | 12:50 PM

      I’m working on my Nano Novel, too! 😀 At this rate, I may finish it before Saturday. If I do, maybe I’ll find something else to work on then. 😉

      Good luck with yours! 🙂

    • catherine
      November 24, 2010 | 2:54 PM

      Good luck with your writing this afternoon and the writing for NaNoWriMo Dana! 🙂

    • Dana
      Twitter: danapittman
      November 24, 2010 | 4:57 PM

      @Milli — Tell me about it. Now I just have to channel them into something productive. 🙂

      @Lois — I wouldn’t be surprised. You would have a novella done by tomorrow. LOL!

      @Catherine — Thank you!

      • Lois
        November 24, 2010 | 7:15 PM

        LOL! I don’t think my wrists could handle a novella right now, but maybe I’ll write another one soon. First, I need to finish the rough draft here, then work on revising it. 🙂

  20. Jenny
    November 24, 2010 | 11:23 AM

    Hey everyone!

    Better late than never, hey? I had to pick up hubby from work, a 2hr drive, but now I’m back and he’s in charge so I’ll have fewer interruptions. I’m eager to get started. I’m working on my Nano book, which is the third in my Extreme Haunting series. Detour 2 Death takes place in a hospital where the heroine’s best friend and blossoming love interest is in a coma. He’s trapped in “Feverland” as she calls it, and she has to go into his head to save him, leaving her body unattended for…well, I don’t wanna say 🙂

    So now I’m off to write. It’s 10:22 here, be back around 12:30ish 🙂

    P.S. Millikins, thanks BUNCHES for doing these. I love these days!!! 🙂

    • @fearofwriting
      Twitter: fearofwriting
      November 24, 2010 | 11:27 AM

      Jenny-Bug, you’ve got me in suspenders when you kept the rest of the plot secret. LOL! Glad you finally made it, and it sounds like the 2-hour drive was worth it. You’ve got hubby safely home, plus now hubby and the kids can babysit one another while you write. 😀

    • Lois
      November 24, 2010 | 12:53 PM

      Your book sounds like something I’d want to read! 😀

  21. @fearofwriting
    Twitter: fearofwriting
    November 24, 2010 | 11:36 AM

    OK, guys. I’ve done my Twitter and Hosty with the Mosty stuff and it seems we have most of the team here now. (Still waiting for j aka @jdistraction and @hkwong aka Helene. *waving Hi!*)

    I’m gonna log out of everything and try for some real word count myself. Anyone who’s around when new people show up, please greet them for me!

    Go, us —————>>>>>>>>>>

    • Toyah
      November 24, 2010 | 11:42 AM

      Go, you! 😀 Thanks for all the encouragement so far!

    • catherine
      November 24, 2010 | 11:58 AM

      A short break for ginger tea and another sip of my Spirulina, MSM, Trace Mineral drops to keep my digits and wrists flexible…

      Go, go all of us!

  22. j
    November 24, 2010 | 12:07 PM

    Good thing I’m on the west coast… or this just now getting started comment would be really sad and daunting. 😉

    Diving in!

    • @fearofwriting
      Twitter: fearofwriting
      November 24, 2010 | 1:48 PM

      Greetings, j.

      I’m a pretty slow writer so I usually have to stay up late to get anywhere near 10K . . . so I’m sure I’ll still be here while the Westies are catching up with the Easties. 😀

    • catherine
      November 24, 2010 | 2:52 PM

      We’re out here on the coast together J! LOL! 🙂

      • j
        November 24, 2010 | 4:16 PM

        I’m betting you’ve got more than 2200 words so far, but I think I’m picking up speed. (Positive self-talk.) 🙂

    • Dana
      Twitter: danapittman
      November 24, 2010 | 4:59 PM

      I plan to hang around for a while. I have to stop for a couple of hours to take care of the kids. Then I will jump back in later this afternoon.

  23. Feywriter
    November 24, 2010 | 12:35 PM

    837 words so far this morning. Sure felt like more… but I guess that’s what happens with all the little distractions from my kid. Even playing a game by himself, there’s always interactions. Breaking for shower and lunch.

    • @fearofwriting
      Twitter: fearofwriting
      November 24, 2010 | 1:49 PM

      837 sounds good to me. My first session today was 732. 🙂

    • catherine
      November 24, 2010 | 2:51 PM

      Keep it up! LOL! 🙂

  24. Helene
    Twitter: hkwong
    November 24, 2010 | 12:45 PM

    Just typed 2,369 words in 30 minutes. Woo! Not bad! I’m trying to catch up on my NaNoWriMo novel…so this is a good way to do so. I feel fine, motivated. But I have other tasks to do today too! I hope I can make it to 10K.

    • @fearofwriting
      Twitter: fearofwriting
      November 24, 2010 | 1:50 PM

      Whooee! You’ve got fingers of fire!

      Good luck catching up on your NaNo novel. You’re in good company when it comes to that. 🙂

    • catherine
      November 24, 2010 | 2:50 PM

      Amazing speed Helene. You go for it! Cheers and clapping!

      • j
        November 24, 2010 | 4:17 PM

        Wow! Inspired, I head back into the trenches!

  25. Lois
    November 24, 2010 | 12:55 PM

    Just wrote 3,295 words in about two hours, but I feel as if it’s slow going. What do I know? LOL

    My novel’s at 86,404 words now, and I’m shooting for 100K by the 30th. I can do it! I know I can!

    Now, if I can just figure out the ending….

    Be back later to check in again!


    • Toyah
      November 24, 2010 | 12:58 PM

      Yeah! You can do it! 😀

      • Lois
        November 24, 2010 | 7:16 PM

        Thanks! I have. 🙂

    • Dana
      Twitter: danapittman
      November 24, 2010 | 5:01 PM

      Awesome! Go Lois Go!

      • Lois
        November 24, 2010 | 7:17 PM

        Thank you! I’m done now. 😉

  26. Lois
    November 24, 2010 | 1:04 PM

    I know I can! I know I can! I know I can!


    • catherine
      November 24, 2010 | 2:49 PM

      We know you can!

      • Lois
        November 24, 2010 | 3:35 PM

        LOL! I’m getting closer. I’ve less than 3K left! 😀

  27. catherine
    November 24, 2010 | 1:25 PM

    2124 in two hours … This is fun! So glad the day is sunny – it really helps the spirit. 🙂

    • @fearofwriting
      Twitter: fearofwriting
      November 24, 2010 | 1:53 PM

      Whooper-doozie! You’re doing smashingly for your first 10K. You’ve outstripped me already.

      Glad you’re having fun. And send some of that sunshine our way! We’ve got typical Ohio gloom.

  28. Jenny
    November 24, 2010 | 1:41 PM

    I’m Baaack!!! 🙂 My first two hour break is pretty good. I got 3980 written and broke 40K on my nano book. Now I’m off to get into more comfy clothes, stretch my legs and neck, and then get back to writing.

    I had a pattymelt for lunch before I came back 🙂 I’ll check back at about 2:30ish!

    Congrats to everyone on your successes! You go Lois–your word count is awesome 😉 I’ve thought about writing a book a 10 days. I heard some famous author (forget who) did a whole book in like one weekend, but had to be helped into bed afterward. I don’t think I’d ever want to try that!


    • @fearofwriting
      Twitter: fearofwriting
      November 24, 2010 | 1:54 PM

      That’s terrific, Jenny! I wuv my original 10K mentor and inspirational friend!! It’s thanks to you that we have these now at FoW.

    • catherine
      November 24, 2010 | 2:48 PM

      Awesome Jenny! You are doing great! Thanks for your good wishes on our successes.
      Keep up the good work…………..

    • Lois
      November 24, 2010 | 3:36 PM

      Thanks! 😀

      I don’t think I’d want to try that either. It sounds painful! 😛

  29. Toyah
    November 24, 2010 | 1:48 PM

    Well it’s nearly 7pm and I can’t ignore my stomach any longer…off to make a stir fry. I might return later but once hubby puts the TV on in here (I kicked him out during the day) it’ll be very difficult to get the creative juices flowing again, so that might be it from me. Oh, I got to 3576 by the way! Not even halfway to 10k, but better than I’ve ever managed in one day previously so that’s progress. And it pumps my NaNo total up to about 8000 (‘gee, wow’ I hear you saying…).

    In case I don’t come back later, thanks for all the encouragement and good luck for all you who are in time zones behind mine! I may just see you all on Saturday… 😉

    • @fearofwriting
      Twitter: fearofwriting
      November 24, 2010 | 1:57 PM

      Toyah, we would love to see you return on Saturday. I’m really proud of you! 3576 is a number to be proud of. And so is your NaNo count. Watching the word count for NaNo on Twitter sometimes makes my eyes glaze over. I still think the creativity and comradeship is the best part of these kinds of events.

      Enjoy your stir-fry!

    • catherine
      November 24, 2010 | 2:44 PM

      Toyah – that is really great! Gee and Wow! If you don’t come back later, wishing you the best on your NaNo and Saturday if you do it!!!

    • Dana
      Twitter: danapittman
      November 24, 2010 | 5:03 PM

      Congrats and I can remember my first 10k day. Something about these awesome people motivates the brain and fingers to get moving.

      Enjoy your dinner.

  30. @fearofwriting
    Twitter: fearofwriting
    November 24, 2010 | 2:00 PM

    I did 1,879 in my first two sessions.

    A modest word count, but in terms of projects it feels good. I finished a short project—the intro for a new writing course I’m working on, for 732 words—and then the first act of my screenplay treatment for 1,147.

    Seeing my story (movie) come to life from a bare concept is a thrill!

    • catherine
      November 24, 2010 | 2:47 PM

      Milli Vanilli!
      I’m so glad you are seeing your movie story come to life. That’s exciting that you got 1,147 on the first act of your screenplay, plus have a new project in the works for 732 words.
      Keep it up! Go Milli!

    • Jenny
      November 24, 2010 | 3:37 PM

      Me too! I think it’s great your screenplay is unfolding before your very eyes!! 🙂 🙂 You go girl!! 😉

      Jen-bug 😉

    • Al
      November 24, 2010 | 4:29 PM

      On a screen play. What consitutes the number of words? Is it the dialog and directions only; or everything you put to paper?

      • @fearofwriting
        Twitter: fearofwriting
        November 24, 2010 | 4:35 PM

        Alza ~ Fortunately, I don’t have to work that out this time around. I’m working on a screenplay treatment, so it’s part story, part description of the story, with act breaks as the only scene headers.

        But I would imagine for a screenplay itself, one could count everything. Otherwise, you’d be there all day trying to extract the right amount of numbers for sluglines, etc.

  31. catherine
    November 24, 2010 | 3:25 PM

    I had to take a break when I got to 3763 at 11:30. I was getting stiff. I danced and jumped on my trampoline to great motivating music and then had a couple slices of toast with bacon, lettuce and tomato. Now I’m back to work!

  32. Jenny
    November 24, 2010 | 3:36 PM

    I’m Back again! 🙂 I got 3129 words this time around, which brings me to a grand total of 7109 so far. I’m gonna try to shake off the sleepy-eyes that got me yawning every other second here. Then I’ll be back for session #3. Maybe today I’ll be able to hit my 50K for Nano, I’m at 43181 so far.

    It looks like everyone is doing an awesome job as well. These 10K days are so inspiring and I love the sense of us all working together at the same time. I have this vision of busy fingers on keyboards all around the world!! It’s great to have company, isn’t it? 🙂

    Jen-bug 😉

  33. @fearofwriting
    Twitter: fearofwriting
    November 24, 2010 | 3:39 PM

    I’m on 3,035 now. I’m half-way through Act II, Scene II.

    My real goal for the 10Ks this week is to finish one treatment today and one on Saturday. So I’m happy with my progress, even if it is a bit tortoisy. I came to a fork in the road for my story so I’m going to walk around the block a few times till I work out which fork to take.

    I’m loving everyone’s check-ins. This is a group of super-writers and cool people!!

  34. Lois
    November 24, 2010 | 3:42 PM

    Busy keyboards around the world. I like that! 😀

    My second writing session got me 4,049 more words, for a total (so far) of 7,344. My story’s almost done, but it will take more than 2,656 words to complete it. 😉

    Hope everyone’s having a great day, so far! 🙂


  35. Al
    November 24, 2010 | 4:23 PM

    I’ve done my ten
    I’ve done my ten
    Hey Ho The Derry Oh
    I’ve done my ten.
    Nineteen actually. All in an American accent too.
    I’ve made two matches, killed of four – and heck! fell in love with one of my own characters (Linda) Is this normal?

    Helene: I sit in awe 2K plus words in 30 min – wow! Bewdyhels
    To all of you at whatever stage – well done.

    Mills: Bitatheardyakka, mate, but nose wet, gottit done. Now I can sit back and watch the ashes – (trans: Ashes – a traditional cricket match bewteen Australia and England. Goes back to 1880 when we beat the Poms (English) and some wag cremated the wickets of that last match – and announced the ‘death’ of English cricket ) Cricket can be bloody boring, but it beats re-runs of soaps.
    So, join Milli and me in chanting.
    Aussie! Aussie! Aussie!
    Oi! Oi! O!
    Al 😉

    • @fearofwriting
      Twitter: fearofwriting
      November 24, 2010 | 4:27 PM

      Goodonya, Alza!!!!! 19K? Sounds like our Aussie Poster Guy for the 10K. And you’re an extra sleep up on us, as well. 😉

    • catherine
      November 24, 2010 | 5:36 PM

      Wow Al! 19K – that’s awesome! You deserve the chant…
      Aussie! Aussie! Aussie! Hip hip hooray! 🙂

  36. Al
    November 24, 2010 | 4:26 PM

    PS: I won’t be on the Saturday shift. This is the time I do my annual acting gig. Playing the role of Mr S. Claus at a local major appliance/furniture store.


    • @fearofwriting
      Twitter: fearofwriting
      November 24, 2010 | 4:29 PM

      Have fun playing Santy on Satiddy. With that deep DJ’s voice, you should be a hit!

      Thanks for joining us for the Wed 10K. You were definitely worthy of the title Flag Bearer. 🙂

  37. Dana
    Twitter: danapittman
    November 24, 2010 | 5:05 PM

    I’m so motivated by everyone today. I’m taking another break–I have to take care of the kiddos. I’m at 3,836. I will check in again later.

  38. Jenny
    November 24, 2010 | 5:35 PM

    I’m back again 🙂 I hit 3062 words this 2hr block and that puts me at 10,171 so far for the day. I’m gonna keep going as it’s only 4:30 here and I’m in the middle of a really great stand off between my heroine and an angel who finally showed up. Boy, is she mad! 🙂

    Milli–so cool you’re getting so much done on your screenplay! 🙂 And awesome to AL with 19K! Way to go!! 😉

    Everyone seems to be hitting their personal goals today and that’s really what counts. Happy Writing and I’ll see everyone at 6:30 🙂

    • @fearofwriting
      Twitter: fearofwriting
      November 24, 2010 | 5:48 PM

      Another writer who broke the 10K ribbon. I’ve lost count but I think there are three of you now? Lois, Al & Jenny?

      Celebration dancin’………… 😀

  39. catherine
    November 24, 2010 | 5:38 PM

    I just reached 6818 at 2:30. I’m going to have to bounce on my trampoline again. That really got me loosened up and inspired before.

    Keep up the good work everyone!!!

    Yeah for us!!!
    🙂 🙂 🙂

  40. @fearofwriting
    Twitter: fearofwriting
    November 24, 2010 | 5:47 PM

    Everyone is phenomenal! Catherine, you astound me. 6818 already on your very first 10K Day!!

    3,952 for me for the day so far. My freezing cold walk left me with white fingertips and ear lobes but I figured out which fork in the road to take and then the entire rest of the movie came to me in a flood. This movie will change the world. 😀

    Next session will be attacking Act 2, Scene 3 of the screenplay treatment. I LOVE MY STORY. 🙂 🙂 🙂

    • @fearofwriting
      Twitter: fearofwriting
      November 24, 2010 | 7:14 PM

      Made it to 5,157 and that completes the first two acts of my screenplay treatment. Breaking for dinner now. Brian is putting the finishing touches on a yummy Indian dinner. Mmmm.

      Everyone has gone quiet. 🙂

      • Jenny
        November 24, 2010 | 7:25 PM

        Awesome Millikins!! I”m so thrilled for you. There’s nothing better than being totally, madly in love with what you’re writing. Super Congrats!!

  41. Jenny
    November 24, 2010 | 7:26 PM

    I’m back for my 6:30 break. I’m gonna eat some dinner before I start up again, but so far I hit 2591 this 2 hour block, which brings my total to 12, 762 for the day 🙂 Yay!

    Jen-bug 😉

    • @fearofwriting
      Twitter: fearofwriting
      November 24, 2010 | 7:29 PM

      That totally rocks, Jenny-Bug! Two thumbs up!

      (hafta do movie talk, ya know ~ LOL!)

      I’m heading off to dinner, as well. Starving!! And we’ve all earned our hot dinners.

  42. Lois
    November 24, 2010 | 7:28 PM

    Whew! Everyone’s been so active on here, it makes me feel like a slouch. 😉

    Final count for the day is 10,392, bringing my novel’s word count to 93,501! 😀 I’ve got about 6,500 words left to write, but I’ve reached the end. No problem, though. I’ve got more action scenes to pen, as well as some more personal scenes to give my characters more depth. 🙂

    Keep on keepin’ on! You can do it! 😀


    • @fearofwriting
      Twitter: fearofwriting
      November 24, 2010 | 7:33 PM

      LOL!!! Lois, if you’re a slouch then I’m a street bum with no hope! 😀

      You simply knock me out with your stats. 93,501. I’m speechless.

      AND you were one of our 10K ribbon busters. Go, Lois!!

      • Lois
        November 24, 2010 | 7:39 PM

        LOL! You’re certainly no street bum without hope. 😉

        I guess I just spent most of the day working on my own writing, and not much time on here. But then, that’s a good thing, right? Otherwise, I might still be stuck at 90,453 words! 😛

        I’m so glad you’ve started these up again. 10K Days are so much fun! *happy dance*

  43. catherine
    November 24, 2010 | 7:38 PM

    It’s 4:30 and I’m at 9195. 805 words to go! I’ve gotta keep my steam going, just reporting in. Hope to be back soon with good news!

    • @fearofwriting
      Twitter: fearofwriting
      November 24, 2010 | 7:42 PM


      You’re gonna break 10K on your first 10K day.

  44. Helene
    Twitter: hkwong
    November 24, 2010 | 8:13 PM

    A little slower with my second 30-minute run…1,819 words. 4,188 total for today. Wow! Pretty good.

    I hope I can get in another hour or so more of writing! 🙂

    • @fearofwriting
      Twitter: fearofwriting
      November 24, 2010 | 8:41 PM

      That’s fabulous, Helene!

      You must have a killer typing speed, not to mention an imagination like a runaway freight train. 😀

      Hope you can stay with us a bit longer.

      • Helene
        Twitter: hkwong
        November 24, 2010 | 9:01 PM

        My imagination can be better! Thanks for your encouragement 🙂

        Just did 2,016 words in 30 minutes. Total is 6,204 words for today. Wow! Not too far from 10K! 🙂

        • @fearofwriting
          Twitter: fearofwriting
          November 24, 2010 | 10:13 PM

          Awesome! We’re almost level pegging. I’m at 6,344 right now (but it took me a lot longer to get there than it did for you—you are some kinda Speedy Gonzales!).

          It’s been fun having you with us today. We’re having another 10K this Saturday (for the folks who work during the week), plus we have them every month if you ever feel like joining us again.

          • Helene
            Twitter: hkwong
            November 25, 2010 | 3:02 AM

            Just hit midnight here and I could only fit in one last 13-minute sprint; 1,176 words, total for the day = 7,380. I didn’t reach 10K but wow it feels great to write so much! I hope I can join in again on Saturday. 🙂

            • @fearofwriting
              Twitter: fearofwriting
              November 25, 2010 | 11:28 AM

              1,176 words in 13 minutes? Can you bottle that speed and send me some? 😉

              Hope to see you on Saturday!

  45. catherine
    November 24, 2010 | 8:17 PM

    It’s 5:13 and I made it!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    Yipeeeeee, yeah yeah yeah.
    My first 10K and I did it!
    I love my story too Milli! 🙂

    Congrats to everyone on their successful day! Yeah You! Clapping hands and I’m doing a *happy dance* too – for all of us!
    And I’m going to have a nice cold white wine and sit in my chair.
    I have to go tell my husband!!!!
    🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂

    • @fearofwriting
      Twitter: fearofwriting
      November 24, 2010 | 8:44 PM

      Catherine, you’ve well and truly earned that glass of wine! I’m still bowled over that you topped 10K on your first time doing it.

      It would be fun to hear what R. thinks of you writing 10,122 in one day. Brian is watching a movie right now with Dudley Moore and Darryl Hannah called Crazy People. It’s about writers in a nuthouse. 😀

      • catherine
        November 24, 2010 | 8:50 PM

        Ronald said it’s great and is real proud of me. He didn’t instant message me from work all day either. 🙂

        As everyone must be, I’m exhausted and calling it a day. I have not one more ounce of steam to write. Over and out!

        Happy Thanksgiving everyone and salute to Al in Aussieland.

        It was a privilege to spend the 10K day with all of you. 🙂 Congratulations!

        Milli Vanilli – thank you so much!!!!!

  46. Jenny
    November 24, 2010 | 8:26 PM

    Wow! Y’all are doing brilliantly!! 🙂 🙂 Congrats to everyone who’s made their 10K’s and more today–and Congrats to everyone who’s reached their personal goals for the day. So very cool!! 🙂 🙂 🙂

    I’ve just hit 50K on my book for Nano, so I made it, with a few days to spare. This last hour brought my count to 14006 for today’s total. I think I’m gonna take a long hot shower and get some pj’s on, and some rest.

    Everyone, have a wonderful night!!!

    Hugs, Millikins and everyone!! 🙂 🙂


    • @fearofwriting
      Twitter: fearofwriting
      November 24, 2010 | 8:47 PM

      Congratulations, J-Bug! 14K is awesome enough on its own, but hitting 50K with a few days to spare is a real winner!!

      The only downside to all this success is that a few people who said they were planning to do both days (Wed & Sat) might not even need the second 10K this week. *sob* I will miss you guys.

  47. j
    November 24, 2010 | 8:39 PM

    Nearing 5k. Short on words, but the ones I have, I like. #silverlining

    Still writing…

    • @fearofwriting
      Twitter: fearofwriting
      November 24, 2010 | 8:51 PM

      j ~ You ‘n’ me on both—not a big word count for me either but I’m feeling the #silverlining. I made 5,157 before dinner. I’m not likely to reach for 10k cuz I only have the third act of my treatment to finish to reach today’s goal.

      After that, I plan to revise, edit and proofread (need to have it ready as soon as I can) so I’ll be here till late. I’ll be looking for your check-ins. 🙂

      • j
        November 24, 2010 | 9:09 PM

        Yes, I’m going to have to stop just short of 5k to bake desserts for tomorrow. I won’t reach 10k either, but I had so much fun. I wrote two posts (one that’s been sitting inside me for a long time and came out fully formed), and probably 3/4 of a story that I love. I’ll be back later tonight, and I’ll definitely try again on Saturday at least for some portion of the day.

        And despite my word count, I spent most of the day writing. My stuff. It’s been weeks since I did that. It’s good for my soul. Thank you, Milli!

        • @fearofwriting
          Twitter: fearofwriting
          November 24, 2010 | 10:19 PM

          I’m on 6,344 and now comes the scary part. Pulling off the climactic ending for my movie.

          Glad you’ll be back later this evening, j. It’s 10:18 so I’m not sure I’ll still be on my feet by then. But we’ll see.

          Have fun with your baking! Anything chocolate?

  48. @fearofwriting
    Twitter: fearofwriting
    November 25, 2010 | 12:00 AM

    It’s the stroke of midnight and I’m done! 7611 words. Treatment finished. The movie that was in my head is now in Word.

    • @fearofwriting
      Twitter: fearofwriting
      November 25, 2010 | 12:02 AM

      “Night all. Happy Thanksgiving.

      • Dana
        Twitter: danapittman
        November 25, 2010 | 1:39 AM

        Congrats! Happy Thanksgiving!

    • catherine
      November 25, 2010 | 12:25 PM

      Congratulations, Milli, on your movie on paper!
      And for making it all the way to midnight…
      Happy Thanksgiving!

  49. Lois Eighmy
    November 25, 2010 | 12:50 PM

    Don’t know if anyone will see this but…

    HAPPY THANKSGIVING, everyone! 😀

    • catherine
      November 25, 2010 | 7:18 PM

      I just saw it Lois! Happy Thanksgiving! 🙂

      • Lois
        November 25, 2010 | 8:41 PM

        Thanks, Catherine! 🙂 It was good. Hope yours was good, too.

  50. Toyah
    November 27, 2010 | 7:28 AM

    Is anyone here today (Saturday)?

    I decided to stuff the chores, food shopping etc today, and come back to try and get my word count from Wednesday up to 10k if possible (need a further 6500). I guess it’s still pretty early in the morning on the American side of the pond, but I’ll check back in later to see if anyone’s about… 😉

    • @fearofwriting
      Twitter: fearofwriting
      November 27, 2010 | 8:39 AM

      Hi Toyah!

      Yes, we’ll be here. Probably a smaller group than Wed, but still eager.

      It’s just after 8:30 where I am in the Eastern Time Zone, which is the zone ahead of the other states. So some peeps might still be sleeping. (I know I wish I was. LOL! My warm bed was way too cozy this morning.)

      ~ Milli

      • Toyah
        November 27, 2010 | 8:52 AM

        Tell me about it – I struggle to get out of bed every morning, no matter what time it is! 🙁

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