10K Day: Live, While It’s Happening! – February 20 and 23

Image Copyright © Tracy Mangold aka @InkyTwig. Thanks, Tracy!

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

This is the place to post your check-ins for Wed, Feb 20 and/or Saturday, Feb 23.

To learn more about this event, mouse over 10K Days in the blog menu above.

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


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.


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

28 Responses to 10K Day: Live, While It’s Happening! – February 20 and 23
  1. Milli Thornton (@fearofwriting)
    Twitter: fearofwriting
    February 19, 2013 | 2:09 PM

    Hello, Everyone!

    I will be in the middle of moving from Ohio to New Mexico during this month’s 10K Days. But I just wanted to stop in and say “Happy Writing!” I’ll be cheering for you from the moving van. 🙂

    ~ Milli

  2. Rachael Elliott
    February 19, 2013 | 3:03 PM

    Team Kiwi is a go! So far there are three of us, but people will trickle in. Our expected people are:
    Tracey, Catherine, Stephen, Melody, Erin and me! The big guns are joining us this time around, but they’ll kill me if I say things like “award winning” and “amazing” and “published” and “inspiring” so in the interest of hitting 10K, I’ll shut up. Yay 10K day!

    • Milli Thornton (@fearofwriting)
      Twitter: fearofwriting
      February 19, 2013 | 3:21 PM

      Awesome update, Rachael. Sounds like an illustrious group! It’s always fun having the Kiwis here and thanks for kicking us off again this month. 🙂

      ~ Milli

  3. Estrella Azul
    February 19, 2013 | 4:05 PM

    I arrived home a couple of hours ago and am wishing you a safe trip, Milli.

    Happy writing to anyone starting earlier than my time zone!

    Very excited to be here tomorrow, it’s been way too long, and I’m seriously suffering when not writing. So 10K Day tomorrow: can not arrive soon enough! 😉

    • Milli Thornton (@fearofwriting)
      Twitter: fearofwriting
      February 19, 2013 | 4:07 PM

      Very happy for you, Estrella 🙂


      • Milli Thornton (@fearofwriting)
        Twitter: fearofwriting
        February 19, 2013 | 4:08 PM

        P.S. See Milliver’s Travels tomorrow for my “Goodbye, Ohio” post. Tons of photos!

  4. Rachael Elliott
    February 19, 2013 | 5:08 PM

    Hi Everyone.
    Erin, Catherine and I started on time. Erin has 2194, Catherine has 2541 and I have 3400. Melody and Stephen arrived late, Stephen (the bastard) has 3138 (some how) and Melody has 800.

    Subjects- The last straw, Victorian Gothic, the origin story of a villian vamp, awkward dinner scene, and a girl captures her rapist, cuts off his penis and makes him eat it. Now guess who is writing what…. 😉

  5. Rachael Elliott
    February 19, 2013 | 7:11 PM

    Breaking for lunch now.
    Stephen is on 7195 words and we hate him with his crazy speed typing.
    Erin is on 4196 and needs to find out things about sailing, because apparently her characters got on a boat without asking. Melody is on 2800 and feeling good- really enjoying her first 10 K day.
    Tracey is holed up in her office trying to hide from students. Darn those students and their pesky questions! So she is probably editing today. Catherine is currently awol. Maybe the writing monster is eating her and she can’t escape. She might have to do her own update. I’m up to 6227 and feeling a little *headdesk*, not sure what I’m going to do after lunch, but hey, that’s why we love 10K day!

  6. Rachael Elliott
    February 19, 2013 | 10:20 PM

    Checking in from the Kiwi contingent. Stephen has headed home on 10,033 words. He’s awesome. We love that guy. (Interjections here, no actually we hate him!) Erin is on 6206 and is writing about violent deaths. Melody is on 4800 and is writing the back story of her super secret mystery novel. I’m on 9216, writing about a nudist beach. Catherine is on 5741 and she reckons she’s winding down. I dunno though.. she’s a bit of a dark horse that one.

    • Milli Thornton (@fearofwriting)
      Twitter: fearofwriting
      February 19, 2013 | 10:49 PM

      Loved the updates, Rachael. You guys are a hoot! And those word counts ain’t too shabby either. 😀

    • Estrella Azul
      February 20, 2013 | 4:46 AM

      Congrats you guys, that sounds like a great writing day!

  7. Catherine
    February 20, 2013 | 1:24 AM

    Well, I conked out at 6102 words at 5pm. Not bad for me, really, considering my usual (though polished) daily target is 500. However, I feel I should be allowed to include this update in my word count. So make that 6144! 🙂

  8. Erin Doyle
    February 20, 2013 | 3:25 AM

    Yay Catherine!

    I have done my usual thing of hitting a wall at 5pm, with a word count of 7008. Have gone home, had a shower and some dinner, and am feeling refreshed and ready to go again. 🙂

  9. Estrella Azul
    February 20, 2013 | 4:59 AM

    Woke up after a good night’s sleep (so rare over at this end), even slept in a little, had breakfast and am now ready to start writing.

    I have mint tea, made a new batch of pumpkin spice syrup the other day for my lattes, and have food ready for only transferring to a cup/plate and heating up. Plus a secret stash of chocolate covered crackers for when I might be in need of a sugar rush 😉

    Since finding out I had today off from work and could participate in this 10K Day, I’ve been adding ideas and stuff to my “10K” list.
    I’ll be writing one or more travel articles, and am aiming for several blog posts to have at the ready so I can schedule them throughout March and maybe even into April.
    Some of the topics include: recipes, arts and crafts, heart mapping, curious lists and book spine poetry. It’s cloudy anyway, so I’m leaving the most fun posts, the ones involving the use of a camera for the afternoon/evening, just to make sure I won’t get too into the photography part of things and lose precious writing time 🙂

    Happy writing everyone!

  10. Erin Doyle
    February 20, 2013 | 5:24 AM

    Final check in from the Kiwis.
    I have finished up with 9,069 words.
    Rachael topped 10,000.
    Melody got just over 6,000, and is SUPER excited about the whole thing, safe to say we have a new convert.

    We all had a great time, as usual 🙂

  11. Estrella Azul
    February 20, 2013 | 7:11 AM

    Banana, stroopwafel and pumpkin spice latte break. I have two blog posts written, and might just edit/insert the photo that goes with one of them to be able to schedule it and fully cross it off my list.

  12. Lori Guenter (@lorigg)
    Twitter: lorigg
    February 20, 2013 | 9:54 AM

    1 hour and 750 words into today’s writing. I started with journaling to flush the ideas out. Next up some blog articles and hopefully a short story or two.

  13. Lois
    February 20, 2013 | 9:55 AM

    I’m here! 😀

    Today I’ll be working on a lot of role-play stuff, with some of my own character stuff in between. My characters, Doc and Dakota, are part of the role-play, but I also have a storyline that I’m fleshing out for Dakota. He currently has a conversation going on in his blog with someone who’s recently begun stalking him. It’s been a lot of fun, and it’s helping me flesh out a certain storyline that I’ve been wanting to work on for a really long time. So, I’ll be doing these entries in between role-play stuff.

    K, my partner in the role-play, often gives me prompts for either role-play supplements or AAU (alternate alternate universe) pieces to write. I’ll be working on some of those today.

    I just had a Mystic Chai, and I’m about to have a cup of something decaffeinated — maybe instant decaf coffee.

    I plan to write for roughly an hour and a half, then I’ll take a break, maybe take a shower and have something light to eat, then I’ll get back to it until about noon, when I’ll take a break for lunch.

    The pinched nerves in my wrists are doing a lot better, so I’ll probably do some typing, but I’ll mostly be depending on the Dragon software. It’s really helped a lot in the past couple of weeks or so.

    Anyway, here’s hoping for a very productive day.

    OMG! I believe I just saw some flurries! 😀


  14. Lori Guenter (@lorigg)
    Twitter: lorigg
    February 20, 2013 | 11:51 AM

    Had an enforced writing break as I had to take the 13 year old to the gym for baton practice. When I returned, I typed up the blog article I wrote. It took a direction totally unexpected and had me working out some background setting and character development in my art program. Only about 500 to 600 words added this go around.

  15. Estrella Azul
    February 20, 2013 | 12:20 PM

    At the moment I have seven blog posts ready and a couple more only awaiting photos. Although the word count doesn’t even begin to reach 10k, I am pleased with how much I did write and how far ahead I managed to schedule things.
    I’ll stop now while I’m ahead 😉

    It is so freeing to know there are blog posts to fall back on, and postpone when the muse wants to publish something different.

    Thank you for the company, hope everyone has a wonderful rest of their writing day!

  16. Laura
    Twitter: dream_mancer
    February 20, 2013 | 12:41 PM

    Hi all!

    At the moment, I’m stuck at work, but my concentration is shot due to the tons of snow outside. In Arkansas! Crazy that a week and a half ago, it was 80 with tornadoes popping up! Ah, weather of the south.

    Since I have a few hours before I’ll be taken home (yeah, not driving in this stuff) and everyone else has gone home for fear of being stuck here overnight, I’ll take it slow and take a few more writing breaks. Despite staying up until 3 am, I didn’t do any writing yet (damn you, YouTube)!

    Happy writing!


  17. Lois
    February 20, 2013 | 3:34 PM

    Well, it’s been very slow going. I’m only at 2,247 words–all character journal entries for Dakota’s non-roleplay blog. I need to work on one of the roleplay prompts, but first, I need a shower! LOL

    So, with that in mind, off I go. I’ll return later, after I’ve written something more, with another update. 🙂


  18. Lori Guenter (@lorigg)
    Twitter: lorigg
    February 20, 2013 | 3:50 PM

    A few more enforced breaks (picking up 13 yr old, lunch) later and a brief sidetracked trip into twitterville, I have another approximately 1000 words added to the total. Some character play a book review and some articles for a new blog that hubby and are starting. The twitter trip sparked a piece for that so I guess it wasn’t all lost. total sits at about 2300.

  19. Lois
    February 20, 2013 | 5:56 PM

    Quick update: my current word count sits at 3,165. That’s after writing the beginning to an AAU piece for the roleplay–about a blizzard. Two of the characters–one of mine and one of K’s–get stranded during said blizzard, and they face danger from another source, as well. So far, they haven’t arrived at their destination, and the storm hasn’t hit them yet. They think it will stay to the north of them. Boy, are they wrong! 😉

    I want to work on something else, but I’m going to take a break.

    And it looks like Hubby’s fixing dinner tonight. 🙂


  20. Lori Guenter (@lorigg)
    Twitter: lorigg
    February 20, 2013 | 6:57 PM

    I ended up writing a few more blog articles (some are in need of much editing) estimated total word count somewhere just over 3100. Calling it done for today and hoping to add to the count on Saturday.

  21. Laura
    Twitter: dream_mancer
    February 23, 2013 | 3:26 AM

    Hey all!

    Last Wednesday, I only got around 2,000 words, which would normally be low for me, since I can get that amount in an hour if I really try. I’ve been super frustrated with my lack of writing recently, mostly because I know exactly what I want to write, but the moment I sit down to write it, I get a case of the ‘meh’s and end up playing around on YouTube or Tumblr instead.

    After speaking with some other writing friends, I realized that if I’m writing a story and just dishing words out right and left, I’m just writing to get the words out. But, the moment I plan and outline and get a rigid structure to the story, I clam up. Last Wednesday, a friend told me to start new and gave me a prompt. I managed to bash out a little story (the 2,000 words) and that just further proved that I do so much better without outlines or structures on paper. I know where it’s going in my head, but if I type it out all official like, my brain considers it written and refuses to cooperate.

    Oh, the crazy writer brain.

    That said, using the new method, I’ve written 1288 today so far. I’ll be back when I wake up (around noon, huzzah weekends!) and can’t wait to write more!


  22. Lori Guenter (@lorigg)
    Twitter: lorigg
    February 23, 2013 | 5:48 PM

    The family had other ideas than writing today. I have managed to sneak in about 1250 words on some journaling and short blog articles. I learned that Saturdays are not my best writing day because there are far too many things that can derail the process. It is good to know as I plan my days and weeks. Any Saturday writing then becomes a bonus instead of a frustration that my plans were changed.

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