Day 30 was 3,541 words.
The "D" key ripped off the replacement laptop (first it jammed, then it came off when I was fiddling with it), which is all kinds of annoying. I grabbed an old normal keyboard to plug into it, but carrying all of this around is going to be a pain, as will be balancing it, etc. Plus I'm not used to a normal keyboard because I've spent at least the last 5-8 years using laptops. I'll have to look and see which other keyboards I have, or buy one where the keys sit flush against the keyboard (and possibly a wireless version).
I guess there's never a good time for something like that, but it happens when I'm scrambling to finish book 8, scrambling to finish crit partner stuff, and readying to write book 9 during NaNo.
Anyway, when book 8 is done, I'll probably want to do a continuity edit on it later in the week because, probably due to the condensed timeline and overlapping events, there's a stupid amount of continuity in it, probably more than anything else I've written. I'm trying to keep track of who knew what when and where, which is worse than book 5 somehow. (I might want to stay away from multi-POV novels in general for a while.) Part of it is simple stuff, like characters referring to each other solely by nicknames, relationships, or their longer first names -- and I decided on that approach a bit later in -- but there's some heavier stuff that could feel like plot holes (or might even be plot holes).
Anyway, I didn't get as much done as I hoped. I'm closer to the ending, but... it's getting a little tight. Plus I'd wanted to kick back and read some scary stories on Halloween.
I'm also really envious of people who can write short stories... mine seem to go on and I'm trying to cut down and edit but still ending up with more words than I had originally...
I used to like writing short stories (and loved reading the really short ones) -- although for a long while I just wasn't finishing them -- but I think my mindset shifted when I moved to long-fiction, and now I just tend to think in terms of long fiction.
I guess where my disconnect has always been, both as a reader and writer, is where short stories hit a certain length. Even when I'd go through anthologies, if I saw something was over 10 pages, I would either hold off on that story or skip it altogether (because it just feels like an awkward length).
Lea -- Sounds like you had a productive day. And that's 200k words on the novel itself? I keep thinking I'll eventually write a long fantasy novel, but... I think I probably would play it safe by sticking to no more than 130-140k words.
Gatteau -- I imagine a group of writers would make an interesting heist crew with their unusual set of knowledge. (And the robbery itself could be research for a book!)
Helix -- Grats on the sales
Also I guess Happy Halloween, everyone!