November has not gone to plan. At. All.

It’s safe to say that this November has not gone at all like I had planned. I’ve had not one, but two work trips that have come up, with a possible third one before the month is out. I’ve had a work load that has kept me busy while I’m in the office unlike what I had this time last year. Home life is keeping me busy with a four-year-old who is having a tough time learning that he is NOT the boss in the house or his classroom. Life has most definitely decided to show up.

I don’t mind being busy. If you’ve read this blog at all the past few weeks, you will see that I stay in a perpetual state of “doing stuff”. I also love traveling for work. I love going places and having something going on that is different from my normal day. I don’t enjoy having to come down hard on my kid for acting up when he knows better, but hey, that’s part of the parenting gig. Life is alright, but that has greatly hampered any time I have to write anything.

I’m several days into NaNoWriMo and I haven’t a single word down. Not. One. It’s frustrating. I was on point last year with my planned word goals and I was fired up to go to it this year. Even the best laid plans can go by the side ways and well, here I am now. So, what’s next? I’m not quitting be any means, but I may have to adjust my goals. I know I have a busy weekend coming up where Saturday alone will be filled with going to a wedding and a “friendsgiving” with some of my wife’s friends.

So, goals? Yeah, those. I have an article I need to write for a website that they want in the middle of the month, so I want to knock that out first. Past that, well I want to have at least my first chapter started to take to my writing group. I have been about a day or so behind in my personal journal and I just caught myself up today. Most importantly, I want to make sure I don’t beat myself up. It’s not impossible, but it IS highly unlikely I’m going to hit 50K words by the end of the month. At this point, I’ll be happy with just a start. Get a few chapters done. Something. I’ve got all the time in the world to get my first draft done, it’s just going to take longer than I had planned. That’s okay too.

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