10K Day: Live, While It’s Happening! – March 23 & 26

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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 Wednesday, March 23 and/or Saturday, March 26.

To learn more about this event, check the 10K Day section (see blog menu above).


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.


If you don’t see your comment right away after posting, 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.

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

Go gettum, Tigers! – Milli

136 Responses to 10K Day: Live, While It’s Happening! – March 23 & 26
  1. Toyah
    March 23, 2011 | 6:08 AM

    Morning morning! It’s 10am here, I’m dressed, fed and have taken care of all my Facebook chores (animals fed, cafe cleaned etc…hey, don’t laugh at me!) so here I go. I’m going to work on my ‘chick lit’ project and try to get into the ‘NaNo frame of mind’ where the words just flow…well, that’s the plan anyway. 🙂

    • Toyah
      March 23, 2011 | 7:47 AM

      Woo – 1017 words! 🙂

      • fearofwriting
        Twitter: fearofwriting
        March 23, 2011 | 9:39 AM

        Toyah, thanks for kicking us off. 1017 is one of my lucky numbers. Coolness! 🙂

        • Toyah
          March 23, 2011 | 10:50 AM

          Wow – what are the odds of that? :/

          • fearofwriting
            Twitter: fearofwriting
            March 23, 2011 | 11:09 AM

            I know, right? I got that lucky number approx. 15 years ago, back when I lived in Australia. I had to look twice when I saw you recording it as your 10K Day word count. 😀

  2. Patti Stafford
    Twitter: pattistafford
    March 23, 2011 | 8:11 AM

    Good morning happy writers!

    Milli, I love the image for 10K Day! It makes me want to sit in that English cottage with a cup of tea.

    I’m working on an article today, so word count isn’t on my main agenda, but I’ll check in and hopefully inspire others.

    Toyah is off to a great start! WooHoo!

    Let’s rock and roll!

    • fearofwriting
      Twitter: fearofwriting
      March 23, 2011 | 9:41 AM

      Pattikins, I know what you mean about that image. It makes me want to sit in a coffeehouse with lots of atmosphere and write in a notebook.

      Good luck with your article!


      • Patti Stafford
        Twitter: pattistafford
        March 23, 2011 | 9:58 AM

        So today, we are in a coffeehouse, somewhere in the UK, with cups of tea and notebooks, surrounded by the lovely Brit culture and totally enjoying our day.

        Hey, I might even wear a sundress! Now that’s imagination. 🙂

        Ahhhhh. Do we have to come back to reality? LOL.

        One day we WILL do this. Kevin and Brian can visit the nearest pub for a beer while we have our tea. 😉

        • Toyah
          March 23, 2011 | 10:49 AM

          And hey guess what? It’s even sunny today, so you CAN wear your sundress! It feels like Spring has finally sprung… 😉

          • fearofwriting
            Twitter: fearofwriting
            March 23, 2011 | 11:15 AM

            Patti, Kate in the UK (further down the check-in page) is planning to eat ice cream on the beach at 4 pm her time. So she can be our official English tea party contact . . . along with Toyah, who will have some Welsh cakes for us, right, Toyah? 😉

            • Patti Stafford
              Twitter: pattistafford
              March 23, 2011 | 11:29 AM

              Welsh cakes? Oh yeah, it’s definitely a tea party. I think we’ll have a smashing good time today! Woot!

              • Toyah
                March 23, 2011 | 12:41 PM

                Spiffing. Though I’ve never eaten a Welsh cake I’m afraid… 😀

                • fearofwriting
                  Twitter: fearofwriting
                  March 23, 2011 | 12:48 PM

                  LOL! Having you say “spiffing” on my blog makes up for it.

  3. fearofwriting
    Twitter: fearofwriting
    March 23, 2011 | 8:24 AM

    ‘Morning, all,

    It’s gloomy and dripping with rain here in Yo’town. Time for a cup of coffee to put some fake sunshine in the day. 🙂 Then a spot of writing.

    Have fun! ~ Milli

  4. Kate
    March 23, 2011 | 9:17 AM

    Good afternoon brilliant writers,

    Gosh – what a late start! I had to hit a copywriting deadline by 1pm. However, I’m here, I have 3 hours and I’m ready to open my manuscript.

    I’m pretty tired (6.5 months pregnant) and will be stopping at 4pm for ice cream on the beach. It’s the hottest day of the year so far in Brighton, UK.

    Good luck and sending happy writing vibes to you all


    • fearofwriting
      Twitter: fearofwriting
      March 23, 2011 | 9:44 AM

      Kate, knowing you’re about 5 hours ahead of us in the UK, I was getting sad when I didn’t see your name in the check-ins. So glad you’re here!

      Wow, I didn’t know that about the 6.5 months. Congratulations! And goodonya for showing up to write with us even though it’s so wickedly hot there. Ice cream on the beach definitely sounds like the right reward. 😀

      • Toyah
        March 23, 2011 | 10:52 AM

        Congratulations Kate – and hello from the opposite coastline in North Wales! 🙂

  5. Maria
    March 23, 2011 | 9:28 AM

    Good morning everyone!

    I’m just getting going after spending a long day yesterday prom shopping for my son and his girlfriend. And the phone is already ringing, ugh!

    Anyway, I’m needing to catch up on my monthly word count and will be checking in every couple of hours to see how everyone’s doing and to give updates.

    The project(s) I’m working on? I’ll be bouncing back and forth between two western women novels I’m developing. Bouncing because at the moment, I have a bunch of ideas, some fitting with the mountain story and some with the ranch story. Yeah, I really need to get better organized. 🙂 That’s a whole other project unto itself.

    Hope y’all have an awesomely productive day and I’ll be back in a couple of hours. 🙂

    • fearofwriting
      Twitter: fearofwriting
      March 23, 2011 | 9:46 AM

      Maria, I think bouncing from one fun project to another and then back again sounds glorious. Being organized isn’t always the answer. Your day as mapped out sounds creative and fun!

      ~ Milli

  6. Lois
    March 23, 2011 | 10:45 AM

    Good morning! I’m late, I’m late, for a very important date…with my keyboard, but I’m finally here! 😀

    I’ll be writing my Will Scarlet background today. It will likely go into the novel…or it might be a standalone “prequel.” Either way, I’m going to write it today.

    I can’t wait! It’s been way too long since I’ve been able to participate. 🙁

    Breakfast was a big bowl of grits with fresh blueberries and a large ScriptFrenzy bistro mug full of organic green tea. I’m ready to rock and roll! 😀

    Oh, and I’m currently listening to Clannad’s I Will Find You (theme from The Last of the Mohicans), among others.


    • fearofwriting
      Twitter: fearofwriting
      March 23, 2011 | 11:13 AM

      That’s too funny. Just yesterday, I wrote on someone’s blog, “I’m late, I’m late, for a very important [insert what I was there for].” And now you’re saying it on my blog, today. And I read that right after replying to Toyah that the number she wrote for her first word count of the day is my lucky number from 15 years ago when I lived in Australia. Go figure. It must be a day of serendipities.

      Your prep for your writing day sound awesome, as does your plan to write the background for a character called Will Scarlet. Have fun, Lois. 🙂

      • Lois
        March 23, 2011 | 12:36 PM

        Hahaha! That’s so cool! 😀

    • Patti Stafford
      Twitter: pattistafford
      March 23, 2011 | 11:26 AM

      Lois, Clannad does the music for the Robin Hood series I watch. I have the soundtrack. 🙂

      Have an awesome day writing!

      • Lois
        March 23, 2011 | 12:37 PM

        Awesome! 😀

        I still say you should watch the newer one. It’s got some really great writing! 😉

  7. Helene
    Twitter: hkwong
    March 23, 2011 | 11:14 AM

    Hi, I’m here for today 🙂

    Going to work on my blog posts today… But also try to do free-writing and see where that leads me 🙂

    Sipping on coffee now. Beautiful day here! Love spring.

    • fearofwriting
      Twitter: fearofwriting
      March 23, 2011 | 11:19 AM

      Helene! Hooray. I was just thinking about you and had made a note to myself to Tweet you a reminder for Saturday if I didn’t see you today.

      I’m doing free-writing today, too. And just finished sipping my second cup of coffee. But the Spring weather we were having has disappeared into rain, with snow predicted later this week. Darn.

      Good luck with those blog posts. Glad you’re here. 🙂

      ~ Milli

      • Helene
        Twitter: hkwong
        March 23, 2011 | 1:51 PM

        Just did some free writing while my phone charged 🙂 Wrote about my childhood home. Will get back to writing after I do some coloring 😉

        I’ll post final wordcount at the end of the day (when I upload all writing to the laptop; currently working via NEO Alphasmart)

  8. Kate
    March 23, 2011 | 12:06 PM

    Wow, I just read through all those comments and feel totally inspired. It’s so great to be able to connect with other writers. Thanks Milli!

    Toyah, thanks for the congrats – is it sunny in North Wales as well?

    I’ve managed 800 words of the rewritten first chapter of my manuscript. I took a three week break from it and today is the third day back submerging myself into the characters and how they are at the beginning of the novel. I’m pleased with the progress and I’ve left my protagonist down on Brighton beach – funnily enough where I’m heading in a few minutes.

    Wishing you all an abundance of writing flow


    • Toyah
      March 23, 2011 | 12:43 PM

      It is! And almost okay to go out without a coat (and it has to be proper WARM for me to give up my coat!!). It’s very distracting though, seeing it out there through the window, looking all blue-sky and such… 🙁

  9. Maria
    March 23, 2011 | 12:10 PM

    Just checking in…I have a sick kid today so instead of writing just yet, I’m doing a bit of mapping out of the very beginnings of new characters so I can start seeing what they’re about (where they are coming from/going to). Then soon, maybe today, I’ll start implementing Lois’ strategy of character journaling. Just depends on how the day goes.

    Didn’t have breakfast but did a Cream of Wheat brunch with the kiddo. Let the dogs outside and discovered the farmers are spreading chicken manure on the fields nearby. Yuck and phew!

    Okay, now that that’s out of my system, I’m cranking my Pandora radio back up and getting back to work on the novel planning.

    Write On! 🙂

    • Lois
      March 23, 2011 | 12:39 PM

      Chicken litter. YUCK! That’s the WORST thing about living in the country. I’ll take the skunks and cow manure anyday! 😛

      Good luck with the mapping and character journaling. 🙂

  10. Lois
    March 23, 2011 | 12:43 PM

    I’m on my first break, and my current word count is 2,289. Will has just been sent away to train to become a knight, and he’s had to leave his lover behind. 🙁 He won’t be back for seven months. A lot can happen in seven months. Will she wait for him? Will his rival win her hand in marriage? Will he even survive training?

    I’m currently drinking a large mug of Celestial Seasonings Honey Lemon Ginseng Green Tea. Yummy! 😛

    Current music is “Evade,” by Forever (only the greatest band ever to come out of eastern Canada!).

    • fearofwriting
      Twitter: fearofwriting
      March 23, 2011 | 12:49 PM

      Awesomely awesome, Lois. Loved reading your check-in. You sound like a poster child for the 10K Days. LOL!

      • Lois
        March 23, 2011 | 12:58 PM

        Thankee, Milli! 😀 I am feeling a bit bouncy today. It’s good to be able to participate again. I’ve really missed it!

  11. catherine
    March 23, 2011 | 1:17 PM

    “I’m late, I’m late for
    A very important date.
    No time to say hello, good-bye,
    I’m late, I’m late, I’m late
    I’m late and when I wave,
    I lose the time I save.
    My fuzzy ears and whiskers
    Took me too much time to shave.
    I run and then I hop, hop, hop,
    I wish that I could fly.
    There’s danger if I dare to
    Stop and here’s a reason why:
    I’m over-due, I’m in a rabbit stew.
    Can’t even say good-bye,
    hello, I’m late, I’m late, I’m late.”

    🙂 Good morning, afternoon or evening everyone!

    • fearofwriting
      Twitter: fearofwriting
      March 23, 2011 | 1:28 PM

      Ah, the purple roo is here, bouncing on her tail like Tigger and singing mixed-up Mr. Fixit nursery rhymes and Beatles songs. Who needs mixed metaphors when you can have wabbit stew and cwazy cwitters? 😀

      • catherine
        March 23, 2011 | 2:42 PM

        Just getting in the spirit for a play day with 10K! 🙂

        I committed to Sat/26th because I thought I would be working today, but turns out I’m not, so thought I would at least come and play today, then do Sat too.

    • Lois
      March 23, 2011 | 2:19 PM

      Cool! I never knew the rest of the words. 😉

      • catherine
        March 23, 2011 | 2:41 PM

        My memories came from the song Lois so I looked it up and found those song lyrics from the first appearance of Alice In Wonderland by Disney.
        Credit goes to:
        I’M LATE – From the Walt Disney film “Alice In Wonderland” (1951) (Sammy Fain / Bob Hilliard)

        I don’t have the book to refer to, but I think White Rabbit only said, “Oh dear! Oh dear! I shall be too late!”

        • Lois
          March 23, 2011 | 2:45 PM

          LOL! Well, Disney has used some good song writers. One of my all-time favorites is from Bambi…the one with the raindrops falling. I love that one! 🙂

  12. Lois
    March 23, 2011 | 2:26 PM

    I’m taking another break for a late lunch (cubed chicken breast, salad greens, shredded cabbage, shredded cheese, black walnuts and lite honey mustard dressing on low-carb flatbread; Greek style yogurt seasoned with Saigon cinnamon and nutmeg [no sweetener]; a cup of V-8 juice) and thought I’d post my word count, thus far. I just wrote 1,396 more words, bringing my subtotal to 3,685. At times, it’s slow going, but I’m still working on it.

    Will has returned home from serving during the Siege at Damietta (1218-19) to find that something is seriously bothering his lady love. She won’t tell him what’s happened, but she mentions the name of his longtime rival. What could have happened to her during Will’s absence? Has his rival done something to cause her grief? If so, what will he do about it? 😉

    Right. Back to work…

  13. Patti Stafford
    Twitter: pattistafford
    March 23, 2011 | 3:00 PM

    Congrats to everyone on progress. I took a long lunch. I may be stuck in lunch because I’m not sure I want to be back at the pc just yet.

    It’s really pretty out today, but that MO wind is howling through the trees, much like Pooh’s blustery day. LOL.

    Keep up the good work! Chop-chop!

  14. fearofwriting
    Twitter: fearofwriting
    March 23, 2011 | 3:07 PM

    I have no idea what my word count is so far. I’ve been scribbling in a steno book and the words are running together so they’re acting uncountable. LOL.

    I’m off for a short walk before the rain can set in again.

    Patti said Chop! Chop! so I’d better not dilly-dally. 😉

  15. Toyah
    March 23, 2011 | 3:37 PM

    Okay peeps, I have to sign off here as it is tea time (gammon, chips and garlic bread…mmmm) and we need the table to eat off!

    Regretfully I only managed 1790 words in the end, as I was somewhat fatally distracted at lunchtime by my non-fiction project, which is still in the research stage so has a word count of zero *doh*. Today’s work takes my chick lit project up to just under 5000 words in total. Ooh, plus I just did a blog post of 425 words, which pops me over the 2000 for today (and makes me feel a bit better!).

    Good luck to you who are still going! 🙂

  16. Lois
    March 23, 2011 | 4:42 PM

    I’m on my third break now, and this one will be a bit longer, as I plan to take a shower before continuing.

    During this last session, I wrote 3,361 words, bringing my subtotal to 7,046! 😀

    Will has just killed his father’s steward, and now he’s on the run. As he was making his getaway, his youngest brother, Caelin, tried to trick Gisbourne into going elsewhere. Unfortunately, Gisbourne was wise to him, and he killed the fifteen-year-old, then went after Will.

    Will wants to go back, but can’t. What will he do? Where will he go? What will happen to him?

    • Dana Pittman
      Twitter: danapittman
      March 23, 2011 | 5:31 PM

      I would check in after “She Who Writes in Her Sleep!” LOL! I’m off to catch up.

      • fearofwriting
        Twitter: fearofwriting
        March 23, 2011 | 5:41 PM

        “She Who Writes in Her Sleep.” LOL! You crack me up, woman.

        • Dana Pittman
          Twitter: danapittman
          March 23, 2011 | 5:46 PM

          :o) You know she’s super woman. Makes me want to be a better writer. I love her dearly. :o)

          • fearofwriting
            Twitter: fearofwriting
            March 23, 2011 | 6:02 PM

            I feel exactly the same about Lois myself. On both counts. 😀

          • Lois
            March 23, 2011 | 6:42 PM

            Luv you too! *hugs*

          • Patti Stafford
            Twitter: pattistafford
            March 23, 2011 | 8:34 PM

            Lois is a true inspiration. Even for those of us who don’t write much fiction.

            If I could churn out articles the way she churns out words in fiction…jeeze, could you imagine? 🙂

      • Lois
        March 23, 2011 | 6:41 PM

        Hahahaha! If only I could! 😛

  17. Dana Pittman
    Twitter: danapittman
    March 23, 2011 | 5:31 PM

    I’m late but present. :o) Yeah!!! I didn’t forget. LOL!

    • fearofwriting
      Twitter: fearofwriting
      March 23, 2011 | 5:40 PM

      Yay! She made it!

      • Dana Pittman
        Twitter: danapittman
        March 23, 2011 | 5:47 PM

        Yes. Am I’m sitting still too.

      • Lois
        March 23, 2011 | 6:43 PM

        I’m glad you made it! 😀 How are you doing?

        • Dana Pittman
          Twitter: danapittman
          March 23, 2011 | 10:16 PM

          Doing. I’m trying to get my head on straight. Things keep moving. I almost sound like a really bad greeting card. 🙂

  18. Maria
    March 23, 2011 | 5:44 PM

    I’m back after a long unplanned break for lunch. I’ll blame it on the cat. 🙂 I’m gonna attempt a bit of plotting but everyone’s coughing and we still need to put some plants in the ground. Yay for spring break! 😀

    • fearofwriting
      Twitter: fearofwriting
      March 23, 2011 | 6:02 PM

      Blame it on the cat. Funny!

    • Lois
      March 23, 2011 | 6:43 PM

      If it were me, I’d blame it on the kid, but that’s just me! 😛

  19. Helene
    Twitter: hkwong
    March 23, 2011 | 6:15 PM

    I just went through a big free-writing session (after I finished my coloring project). Also got some decent blog posts churned out. Will upload totak word count later when I go upstairs! Feels good to pound out the words!

  20. Lois
    March 23, 2011 | 6:52 PM

    Break Number Four:

    Word Count: 1,827 words for a subtotal of 8,873! 😀
    Drinking: Bigelow Mint Medley tea
    Music: Nickel Creek’s When In Rome (one of my favorite American Indians, Rick Mora, appears in the video!)

    Will has met Robin Hood, Little John, Sir Geoffrey (a character of my own creation), Sir Richard, and Maid Marian. He is currently being fed, but he will soon be put to a test…of sorts. 😉

    Incidentally, I am using their “common” names. I have given them more authentic names for the period, using the old ballads and stories, as well as medieval names lists, but I wanted to keep it simple here.

    Next up: Will does battle with Robin Hood. Will he win? Will he lose? What could possibly happen with each outcome?

  21. catherine
    March 23, 2011 | 8:31 PM

    I’m burnt! I don’t have much of a word count but I have had a success. I’ve been engulfed in Mail Chimp all day learning how to make a newsletter. Whew! It’s easier to write 5,000 words than do that. LOL!

    Congratulations on everyone’s progress. Super woman Lois you rock!

    Signing off for the day – see you Saturday!
    purpleroo 🙂

  22. Lois
    March 23, 2011 | 8:31 PM

    Final Update:

    Word Count: 1,799 words for a daily total of 10,672! 😀
    Drinking: nothing…I’m about to float away! 😛
    Music: Nebulous, by Manic Drive

    Will won the challenge posed to him by Robyn, and he’s joined Robyn’s band of merry men. Then he began dreaming about his poor, murdered younger brother. Not to worry. He found some moral support in his friend, Sir Geoffrey. 🙂

    Will he ever get vengeance for his brother? Will he ever see his lover, Ælfwynne, again? What other adventures lay ahead for our handsome young hero?

    And now I’m off to watch some Highlander: The Series with my hubby. 🙂

    Good luck to everyone still writing. You can do it! Keep believing, and you will be a success! 😀


    • fearofwriting
      Twitter: fearofwriting
      March 23, 2011 | 8:49 PM

      Lois, I haven’t kept track, but I’m pretty positive you hold the FoW record for the most times breaking 10K. We do need a poster of you wearing a cape. You hold the torch up for the rest of us!

      Congrats! Love ~ Milli

      • Lois
        March 24, 2011 | 9:21 AM

        Wow, Milli, really? 😀 And that’s after missing several. 😉

    • Dana Pittman
      Twitter: danapittman
      March 23, 2011 | 10:17 PM

      Congrats! You rock! See I told ya’ll. (**wink**) LOL!

      • Lois
        March 24, 2011 | 9:21 AM

        Hahaha! Thanks, Dana! 🙂

  23. Patti Stafford
    Twitter: pattistafford
    March 23, 2011 | 8:40 PM

    I didn’t do any writing after lunch but I did work on some of my websites. I gave them all some little tweaks and such.

    I need an assistant, but at the same time I’d be a control freak—I know I would. LOL.

    Congrats on everyone’s progress! You ladies rock!

    Kevin is in his man cave playing guitar. I don’t know what it is but it’s beautiful. I adore living with a musician.

    Have a great night everyone!

  24. Maria
    March 23, 2011 | 8:51 PM

    I’m done for the day too. Didn’t get much more accomplished what with taking care of everyone else and planting in the garden. But that was therapeutic in itself. 🙂

    Congratulations to Lois, had a feeling you’d reach 10K today. 🙂 Helene, Patti, Toyah and Catherine, great job! Dana, if you’re still around, hang in there and I’m sure you’ll get done what needs doing. Kate, sometimes it’s good to take a break to rest our minds and gather new ideas. Keep up the good work. 🙂

    Night all!

    • fearofwriting
      Twitter: fearofwriting
      March 25, 2011 | 10:59 AM

      Maria, glad you had various kinds of good therapy on the 10K Day. It was fun having you here. See you next time!

  25. Dana Pittman
    Twitter: danapittman
    March 23, 2011 | 10:19 PM

    Here’s my update. My word count is nonexistent. However, I reviewed my potential scenes for Script Frenzy. I also worked on my outline. I’m almost through the climax and ready to submit my story summary to my editor.

    I’m excited and nervous. But too tired to decide which is dominant.

    I’m off to bed feeling good. 🙂

    Thanks Milli!!!

    • fearofwriting
      Twitter: fearofwriting
      March 25, 2011 | 11:00 AM

      You’re too funny! “Too tired to decide which is dominant.”

      I’m so pleased you went to bed feeling good after your 10K Day. It doesn’t always have to be about word count. Getting ready for Script Frenzy sounds thrilling!


      • Dana Pittman
        Twitter: danapittman
        March 25, 2011 | 2:26 PM

        I am excited, even though I don’t know what I’m doing. 🙂 I have my book recommendations from you and Lois. I’m hoping that will help me.

        • fearofwriting
          Twitter: fearofwriting
          March 25, 2011 | 3:02 PM

          I didn’t know what I was doing when I wrote my first script and that turned out to be an advantage. I say, forget the advice books and just write the story that’s in your heart. You can always pare it down and fine-tune it later. But revel in your first draftedness! I wrote mine with so many wrylies I should have been embarrassed, but I didn’t know any better until later and that let me write without worrying about the “shoulds.” Also, if you don’t know enough to know what you should be fixing, it lessens the risk of backtracking to edit when you should just be going “Splat!” on the page.

          I believe in you. You’re gonna do grrrreat!

          • Dana Pittman
            Twitter: danapittman
            March 25, 2011 | 7:19 PM

            I’m going to follow your advice. It makes it seem a lot easier. I want to write the script for Black Diamond. I’m reading the book this weekend. And I believe it will help me with writing the spinoff novel as well. I’m trying to get a 2-for-1 here. LOL!

            Thanks My Milli!!! 🙂

            • fearofwriting
              Twitter: fearofwriting
              March 25, 2011 | 7:50 PM

              2-for-1 sounds like a good deal. And you have a terrific title – that’s a good start for a movie script, right there.

              • Dana Pittman
                Twitter: danapittman
                March 26, 2011 | 12:20 AM

                If you’re trying to make me feel better…it’s working. ;o)

  26. Helene
    Twitter: hkwong
    March 25, 2011 | 9:42 AM

    (late wordcount post)

    I finally uploaded my writing from Wednesday…doh! I only wrote 2,000 words. I thought I had typed more. Guess that NaNoWriMo magic wasn’t working on Wednesday…well, I’ll try again tomorrow!

    • fearofwriting
      Twitter: fearofwriting
      March 25, 2011 | 10:42 AM

      The *feeling* that you had a magical word count is still just as valid, IMHO. I reread your previous post and you sounded pleased and excited. 🙂

      See you tomorrow. Glad you can come twice this month.

      ~ Milli

  27. Natasha
    March 25, 2011 | 6:24 PM

    What a great idea!! Good luck to everyone…you can do it…go, go, go!!

    • fearofwriting
      Twitter: fearofwriting
      March 25, 2011 | 7:13 PM

      Hi, Natasha! Thanks for the cheer squad. 🙂

      ~ Milli

  28. Marvin
    March 26, 2011 | 1:11 AM

    I’m about to begin. It’s 1:30 am on the East Coast. I’ve been up since yesterday. Just decided then to do it. I’ll work for a few hours, then get some sleep and begin again. I’m shooting for between 1k-2k before taking a nap.

    • fearofwriting
      Twitter: fearofwriting
      March 26, 2011 | 10:44 AM

      Welcome, Marvin,

      Kudos to you for diving in at the last minute. Sometimes that’s better than being prepared. 🙂 You were right in what you said in your RSVP note – some progress is better than none, and I’m pleased you’re embracing the spirit that underlies the 10K Day.

      And, wow, it looks like you just started your blog this week, too! I love the name you chose for it, and your stated objective. I’ve weathered through many decades of PTSD and though it probably doesn’t fall in the category of mental illness, I feel kindred with your goals for your blog.

      Hope your nap is/was good.

      ~ Milli

  29. Maria
    March 26, 2011 | 9:13 AM

    Good morning Marvin!

    I’m still waking up and so not quite ready to get started. I think a second cup of coffee is in order.

    I’m shooting for 1-2K on the day as we have a birthday/anniversary party to go to later and company.
    But no gardening (I think). 🙂

    Two things are on my writing list today: Updating my blog (I’m way behind) and working on one of my western novels. Which depends on the mood I’m in when I get to it.

    Hope everyone has a productive day wherever you are and whatever you’re working on! 🙂

    • catherine
      March 26, 2011 | 9:32 AM

      Morning Marvin & Maria!

      It’s 6:30am on the West Coast. I’m just getting up and making espresso & breakfast. I have a haircut at 9:00 & don’t think I’ll be able to write until after I come back.

      I’m going to work on my mystery novel, some writing prompts and possibly some blogging today.

      Good luck everyone!

      • Maria
        March 26, 2011 | 9:39 AM

        Morning Catherine! 🙂

        Sounds like we’ve all got our ducks in a row so far today. Lists of ta-da’s–check. Coffee–check. Writing list for the day–check. Still need breakfasty stuff but that’s next. 🙂

        Rolling, rolling, rolling….

        • fearofwriting
          Twitter: fearofwriting
          March 26, 2011 | 10:47 AM

          Good morning, Maria & Catherine,

          Yep, sounds like you’ve got your dawgies in a row. (Maria, you crack me up with the “Rolling, rolling, rolling….”) Have fun with your writing projects, you two!

          ~ Milli

          • catherine
            March 26, 2011 | 11:16 AM

            Hi MIlli ~

            OK – I’m gonna let the dawgies out too! And a few roos. Lotsa animals to feed today!!!

            See you later!

        • catherine
          March 26, 2011 | 11:14 AM

          Hi Maria ~

          I had my protein breakfast after nice espresso and am off soon to my haircut.

          Can’t wait to get back to my ducks and float them!

          See you later!

  30. Square-Peg Karen
    Twitter: SquarePegKaren
    March 26, 2011 | 9:49 AM

    Hi Fellow Writers,

    I’m not sure of a # goal to work towards – never did that before – so I’ll just shoot for continued writing throughout the day (even tho the day started a few hours later than I planned – sigh).

    I’ll be working on a Square-Peg Handbook (and hoping for a catchy title to come floating by while I work).

    To the writing…

    • fearofwriting
      Twitter: fearofwriting
      March 26, 2011 | 10:51 AM

      Welcome, Karen,

      Your goal for continued writing throughout the day rather than a specific word count sounds good. And your handbook sounds fun! I hope that catchy title catches you. And, most of all, I hope you have fun devoting your day to writing, and hanging out here with us for your check-ins. 🙂

      ~ Milli

    • catherine
      March 26, 2011 | 11:17 AM

      Hi Karen!

      Welcome to the 10K!

      Have fun,


  31. fearofwriting
    Twitter: fearofwriting
    March 26, 2011 | 11:05 AM

    My goals for today have been rewritten in my mind due to a night of insomnia. I was going to write several blog posts and spend the rest of my time journaling. Now I’m just going to stick with the journaling. it will still be fun and fruitful – and I don’t need those blog posts till April/May – so I’ll be treating myself very gently today (and may do some napping like Marvin).

    ~ M

    • catherine
      March 26, 2011 | 1:37 PM

      Hi Milli ~

      Is it time for a nap yet? ha ha
      That sounds like a great thing to do sometime today. It’s still raining here and still gray! 🙁
      Good day for a nap with a book.

      But first I gotta write!

  32. Square-Peg Karen
    Twitter: SquarePegKaren
    March 26, 2011 | 11:46 AM

    Thanks for the welcomes Milli & Catherine –

    I was using Write or Die to keep myself writing without stopping — got all excited about my word count and thought I was going to speed thru to 10k – hahaha!

    LOve the ways I can fool myself, now I’m thinking about using crazy glue to stick my hiney to the chair because I am SO wanting to do the 10,003 things I’ve thought of in the last few minutes that HAVE to get done (right!).

    I took a break to get breakfast and stretch – and i’ve taken a couple quick check-my-email breaks — and now I’m determined to stay in this chair for an hour of writing. It’s so odd that i love spending time writing, but then find so many reasons (welcome distractions?) not to do it!

    To the writing — thanks for the inspiration here! Glad to be part of this group!!

    • fearofwriting
      Twitter: fearofwriting
      March 26, 2011 | 12:07 PM

      LOL! Yes, amazing isn’t it? The imperatives we can come up with even though we love to sit and write.

      Best of luck with your goal of sitting in crazy glue for one hour with no distractions. Looking forward to your next report.

      ~ M

  33. Crystal Chameleo
    March 26, 2011 | 11:47 AM

    Hi all,
    I didn’t get to RSVP so I’m sneaking in today and hope to write 5k words today. I’d aim for more but I’m in the town where my book begins. Today, I’m going to drive and walk around the town to take pictures and get inspired. I’m sure a few locals will think I look like some crazy tourist but it’s so neat to step on the very ground that my protagonist does in my story.

    I’ll write tonight after a day of inspiration.
    Enjoy writing all!

    • fearofwriting
      Twitter: fearofwriting
      March 26, 2011 | 12:09 PM

      Crystal! Thanks for sneaking in. Pleased to have you with us today.

      I can totally understand why you plan to write for only part of your day. Your adventure sounds mind-blowingly wonderful. Can you share the name of the town? Or would you rather keep that under your hat for now.

      ~ Milli

  34. Marvin
    March 26, 2011 | 1:12 PM

    Greetings to Milli and All! Thanks Milli for the feedback on my blog. Good luck on your projects.
    I was having trouble imagining what clothing would be like in the year 2054 so that put me behind a little. I know, I shouldn’t have worried so much about those details. So after watching bits and pieces of several Scifi based movies (and wasting my time because it was futile) and wasting precious time, I wrote about 200 words to begin my scene and decided to call in for a nap around 8:30 am. I am up now and ready to go!

  35. catherine
    March 26, 2011 | 1:38 PM

    Hi All ~

    Back from my haircut and ready to go!

    I see you joined us, Crystal, since I wrote in. Your drive around town to take pictures and get inspired sounds nice. Have fun doing that leading up to your 5K intention.


  36. Square-Peg Karen
    Twitter: SquarePegKaren
    March 26, 2011 | 2:19 PM

    Hi Crystal and Marvin!

    Marvin, I did the “wasting precious time” thing, too – hunting for some stuff I didn’t need right now, but thought would be good to have handy??? Writing about 2054 sounds very interesting!

    Crystal – I love the idea of walking around a town that you’re writing about. I’ve done the opposite a bunch of times – walked around a town and THOUGHT about writing something…

    Catherine – I need a hair cut bad (think English Sheepdog), hope you got a cut you love and it fuels your freedom to write!!

    Milli, hope the journalling is fun – hear you with the insomnia. I was up off and on til 5 this morning – what’s with THAT? argh! I can usually sleep no matter what/where. Hey, this isn’t a 10k side effect, is it?

    ok, back to it — i got bored with the Square-Peg Manifesto and actually finished the newsletter that I’ll be sending out next week (it’s only been a year and a half since the last one)


    • catherine
      March 26, 2011 | 3:11 PM

      Yep, I’m happy with my locks! I was also looking a bit like a sheepdog…

  37. Square-Peg Karen
    Twitter: SquarePegKaren
    March 26, 2011 | 2:56 PM

    wow! (telling on myself) went for some water, FB’d a couple notes and now look – i frittered away a bunch of time NOT writing…back to it, with good wishes for everyone’s writerly fun today

    • catherine
      March 26, 2011 | 4:06 PM

      Sometimes “frittering” gets the juices flowing!

  38. fearofwriting
    Twitter: fearofwriting
    March 26, 2011 | 2:58 PM

    Loved everybody’s updates. I’ll resist the urge to do the “hostess with the mostest” thing and respond to everyone individually. I’ve been on the couch journaling for most of my 10K Day . . . I got up just now to make a cup of black tea with cream and a little organic sugar for brain food. Scuttling off to squeeze my teabag and get back to it!

    ~ Milli

  39. purplekangaroos
    March 26, 2011 | 3:17 PM

    All sorts of entertaining updates everyone!

    Taking my first break…I wrote a short story – 1411 words.

    I’m going to make chicken wings, mashed potatoes and a salad. We need comfort food for the rain soaked day this is.

    I’ll come back to my computer and write while they cook. 🙂

    • catherine
      March 26, 2011 | 3:20 PM

      I moved computers to make that update and have my blog name there instead.
      ~~ catherine

  40. Patti Stafford
    Twitter: pattistafford
    March 26, 2011 | 3:24 PM

    I completely forgot about today, but since I don’t normally ‘work’ on the weekends, it’s okay. I did want to stop in and wish everyone luck.

    Have a fine writing day!

    Big Hugs!

    • fearofwriting
      Twitter: fearofwriting
      March 26, 2011 | 3:54 PM

      Pattikins, I was just thinking about you and wondering if you would stop in to say Hi today. A little while later you showed up. 😀

      Thanks for the hugs & for thinking of us.


      • Patti Stafford
        Twitter: pattistafford
        March 26, 2011 | 6:35 PM

        We’re just getting too cool like that! 🙂

        I didn’t do a word count today, but I did work on an email challenge and left lots of comments on the site hosting it. Otherwise it was a pretty lazy day for us. In fact, hubby is laying across the bed behind me, snoring. He wasn’t going to fall asleep though. LOL. It always makes me want to cuddle up with him. Work may be done for the day. 🙂

        So glad for everyone’s progress! You guys and gals ROCK!

        Hugs ya’!

    • catherine
      March 26, 2011 | 4:04 PM

      Thanks Patti, for the good wishes…
      Hugs to you too! 🙂

      • Patti Stafford
        Twitter: pattistafford
        March 26, 2011 | 6:36 PM

        So glad you’re enjoying the 10K Catherine. I may not always write during them but I love to come by and say hello and see how everyone is doing. 🙂

  41. Marvin
    March 26, 2011 | 5:27 PM

    Wow! What a great community. Thanks for letting me be a part of it. BTW, I’ve had your book, Fear of Writing, for quite some time, Milli. I should probably read it again. lol! I’ve got close to a thousand with journaling an and work on my WIP. I’m starting to wake up now, so hopefully I’ll get more soon. Good luck, everyone.

    • fearofwriting
      Twitter: fearofwriting
      March 26, 2011 | 5:32 PM

      Marvin, I’m glad you like our little community and feel good about being part of it. It does my heart lots of good to hear that. 🙂

      Good luck with your WIP and keep us posted when you can.

      ~ Milli

  42. fearofwriting
    Twitter: fearofwriting
    March 26, 2011 | 5:34 PM

    I haven’t a clue how many words I’ve scribbled, but my arm is sore and the journaling has been cathartic. I might do some more after dinner but for now I’m resting.

    Maria, my brain is still singing “Rawhide!” Good thing I like that song. 😀

    ~ Milli

    • catherine
      March 26, 2011 | 6:14 PM

      I just got it! Rolling, rolling, rolling. I know I’m gonna wake up at 2:30 am singing that over and over!

      How are you doing Maria?

      Good going on your successful journaling Milli!

      Crystal, I wonder how your photo day went?

  43. Square-Peg Karen
    Twitter: SquarePegKaren
    March 26, 2011 | 5:53 PM

    I’m dragging, group! I’m going to check-out now and go take a nap, I think I’m done for the day.

    I got in 6400 words + one hour of working on the newsletter (which involved moving words around, not actually writing-but hey!)

    Like Marvin, I think this is a great community — and I’m going to come back and hunt you all down (I mean that in a nice way- lol – going to see where your sites or twitter follows are and visit) – but for now — it’s nap time.

    Thanks so much for the community feeling – this was wonderful!
    Thanks for setting this up, Milli!!!!!!

    • fearofwriting
      Twitter: fearofwriting
      March 26, 2011 | 6:04 PM

      Whoo hoo! 6400 words plus newsletter tinkering. Very spiffy for your first 10K expedition!

      So glad you enjoyed it and I’m (we’re) very proud to have Marvin and Square-Peg Karen as our newest 10K-ers.

      ~ Milli

      • catherine
        March 26, 2011 | 6:11 PM

        I agree with Milli – what a day you’ve had Karen and congrats on all the 6400 words +…

        Marvin, good luck with your WIP. I checked out your blog. Congrats on getting started!


    • catherine
      March 26, 2011 | 6:08 PM

      This has been a fun day and I’ve enjoyed everyone’s updates! You’ve all done great.

      I started a 2nd short story and then broke to have chix wings with my husband. I’ve sent him back to his computer so I can write for another 1/2 to 1 hour, then we’re calling it a day and watching movies.

      Good writing everyone and for those who are still writing, see you a little later. For those who have left, enjoy the rest of your day/weekend.

      It’s been a pleasure hanging out here today. Thanks Milli for having this space to play!!!

  44. catherine
    March 26, 2011 | 7:26 PM

    Well, folks, I’m over and out.

    I finished my second short story – 2373, and with the 1411 words in the first short story that makes my short 10K day at 3784.

    I’m satisfied. 🙂


    • fearofwriting
      Twitter: fearofwriting
      March 27, 2011 | 10:31 AM

      Yippee and Yay for two new short stories! Written with fresh haircut and no shaggy dog bangs hanging in the eyes and blocking view of keyboard and screen. 😀

  45. Marvin
    March 26, 2011 | 7:38 PM

    Thanks for the comment Catherine. Congrats on your work.

  46. Cheryl Corbin
    March 26, 2011 | 7:56 PM

    Finished the day with 6093 words. More than I’ve ever written in a day! Time to rest the wrists!

    • catherine
      March 26, 2011 | 9:04 PM

      Wow Cheryl Congratulations!!!! On writing more than you’ve ever written in a day! 6093 yeah!

      I hope your wrists are happy now…


    • fearofwriting
      Twitter: fearofwriting
      March 27, 2011 | 10:29 AM

      Way to go, Cheryl. *whistles & cheers* 6093 is a very handsome number. Hope you enjoyed the writing, sore wrists notwithstanding. See you next month, maybe?

      ~ Milli

  47. Marvin
    March 26, 2011 | 8:48 PM

    It’s not over yet. I’m gonna try to get in 2k more words. Good luck everybody.
    I’m listening to the chill/downtempo subgenre of electronic music on pandora.com

    • catherine
      March 26, 2011 | 9:06 PM

      You go Marvin! Keep that music pumping to the tempo of your writing! I’m cheering for your 2K more words…


  48. Maria
    March 26, 2011 | 10:36 PM

    Congrats to everyone today! 🙂

    I had such a good day lined out. Then teenagers with thoughts of their first prom took over. I swear I’m really the mother of only one but sometimes all four need my help. *sigh* I guess it just wasn’t meant to be today. That’s okay though. I’ve got several practice photos for prom to work on and it’s another creative direction I’m possibly leaning toward, so it’s all good. Writing and photography. No problem. 😀

    Hope to catch y’all next time ’round. In the meantime, keep them doggies rolling, Rawhide! 🙂

    • fearofwriting
      Twitter: fearofwriting
      March 27, 2011 | 10:25 AM

      Writing and photography. It’s all good. Yeah!

      • catherine
        March 27, 2011 | 3:51 PM

        I agree, it’s all good!

        Bring them doggies over and roll, roll, roll them next time with Rawhide! 🙂

  49. Marvin
    March 26, 2011 | 11:52 PM

    I had to work on a few different projects because I kept stallin on the WIP. I made 1843 words today. That’s still more than I’ve done the last 2 weeks, I believe. Can’t wait till next month. I’ll be more ready then. Great job, everyone. Thanks for being so welcoming.

    • fearofwriting
      Twitter: fearofwriting
      March 27, 2011 | 10:24 AM

      That’s great, Marvin! I understand the stallin’ (it can run deep and not easily solved by one 10K Day) but progress on anything is good. 🙂

      I’m thrilled to hear you want to join us again next month. Are you on Twitter? I Tweet reminders to our regulars a few days before the event (plus notifications earlier in the month when the RSVP page goes up).

      ~ Milli

  50. Marvin
    March 27, 2011 | 12:45 PM

    Hi Milli,

    Thank you for the kind words and hospitality. I am now following you on twitter. Thx

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