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Ok. I give up.

Not only has the Muse that was helping me do my NaNo gone into hiding, but her place has been taken over by two substitutes: my fanfic Muse, who dumped a not quite 5k-word sequel to Ghost on me over the last two days; and my music Muse, who is now demanding AT THE TOP OF HER VOICE that I go back to putting in the 8.5 to 10 hours a week (or more) to try to get myself back up to my former skill level.

The manufacturers of aceteminophen and aspirin will enjoy a small boost in sales as a result of the latter, as I'm now working arthritic shoulders and damaged muscles in arms a heckuva lot more in the process of practicing. But I actually enjoyed my practice today (of course, it doesn't hurt to have access to a nice 6-foot Steinway grand to practice ON...)

I will *try* to keep working on the original novel, but without the pressure NaNo puts on one. I still have the start of the novel I worked on last year. Wonderful, having these beginnings on the hard drive, and tinkering with them from time to time.

The thing is, I've done 50k words/month before. I used to churn out that much and more when writing for my old fandom. I also burned out rather abruptly too. I truly have no intent to do anything to myself that will burn out my interest in writing per se.

But I'm jazzed about playing the piano with a little more discipline again. Music really is my first love – and the piano was the first instrument I learned (started it at age 4.) I'm hoping the workout of my arms will help the arthritis, and that working the muscles that I *think* I tore years ago will help them heal too. I've given up my violin and guitar - by Eru, I'll be blasted if I'm gonna give up my piano!!
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Been working on it - although my NaNo Muse is more capricious than my fan fiction Muse! My current progress report for Nov 7 (given that I've been out and about and haven't even had a chance to sit down and write yet today):



9404 / 50000 words. 19% done!

GAH!

I wanted to be further along than this!

*grumble* *grumble*

What's more, once I finish my regular Saturday posting, I need to head out and spend at least 1 hour today at the piano in preparation for playing the prelude at services tomorrow. Don't even know what to play - is that bad, or what? I may default to some simple Schumann, or perhaps the Solfleggio by CPE Bach. I really need to get back into a more disciplined practice schedule.

Maybe after NaNo?

We'll see...
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And so this is the second day of NaNo. I'm gonna try to at least do the minimum recommended at the site to get to my 50k - more, if the Muse cooperates.

More than anything, I'm hoping this gets me over a HUGE hump of writer's block on this particular story, because I honestly am hoping that this one might make the mighty leap from being zero's and one's in a word processor to hardcopy pages in a published form. 50K words doesn't daunt me - I've done more than that in a month before. It's the whole process of keeping my nose to the grindstone on one storyline consistently for a whole month.

Last year's attempt didn't get so far. We'll see how this year's does.

My Nov. 2nd graph:



3524 / 50000 words. 7% done!

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