Yes! I got my word count tracker done in my bullet journal. I did the right page last night before bed and I did the left page today. On the left page, I put a graphic from NaNo and I put my winner certificated from the last two years. ^_^ . The word tracker on the right is just like the one I used last year. I really like it and find it useful. Here is my tracker:
So as I've been preparing for NaNoWriMo this year, I saw someone mention Scrivener. It's a program built for writers by writers. You can get a free 30 day trial of it. I tried it during NaNo last year for a day or two but I didn't have time to learn it and do NaNo. I knew that when you win NaNo you can get the program half off. I was wanting to download a trial and see how it went, but I knew it would be over when I needed it for Nano and I wouldn't get the 50% option again until December. I went through my old emails from NaNo from last year and found the link and the code. I figured I'd be totally out of luck and it would have expired. To my surprise, it was still good until November 1! I went ahead and bought Scrivener to use for NaNoWriMo this year and for other projects. I'm liking it a lot, but there is a big learning curve with it.
I've been reading up on it on different websites, I've watched some YouTube videos and have a lot more to watch. I think I'll be pretty good with it by November. I already started a file for this years book. I just have some notes, the title, and the RV stuff I found last night. I love that you can put all the info you need into one 'binder' ta Scrivener. It's so cool. I was also able to import my last two years books in there. I can edit them and work with them in there. It's a cool program and I'm glad I got it. I'll probably talk about it more as I learn.
Well, it's research, but yeah. It was fun! I went looking for an RV that I'll be using in my upcoming book. I searched high and low on Google and finally found a company that makes compact ones that are perfect for my needs. I printed out the brochure and the interior layout for reference. Two of my main characters are going on a road trip away from the compound so they'll need something safe to go in. I'm going to have it look like crap on the outside (on purpose). It's to look like that so no one will mess with it when it's parked. (Zombie novel) . It will be steel reinforced on the outside and just the right size inside. I didn't want to use one of those huge ass RVs, so I went looking for one a little bigger than van size. I found this one company that had a lot of them. I picked the one I want to use.
In other news, I walked today. It was overcast it and even rained a bit as I started out, but it soon stopped raining. On the way back, the sun came out and it got hot. BLEAH! I hate heat. It's October, it should not be this damn hot. UGH! It's making me feel ill. Sick ill, not pissed ill! I feel like I'm going to pass out and die before I get home. It sucks. Hopefully it will cool off soon!
I changed my background and colors again. It's now Halloween themed. :p . Since I love Halloween, it's going to stay for a while. At least until November 1st. (^_^) Of course, the way I am, I'll look at it tomorrow and hate it and change it. lol
I walked today and it was hot. It's October, dammit! I want some cooler weather. It would be nice to NEED a hoodie. It was in the 80's today and it eertainly felt like it! I was so hot when I got back home. I want some cooler weather. It's not asking for too much! Ahhh!
I had to run an errand this afternoon that I didn't get to run yesterday. I got that done and meant to go by the post office and forgot. I did everything else I needed to do while out though. I still need to sit down and write letters. I did more Nano prep last night. I will be making a Nano tracker in my bujo so that will be ready for November 1! Now, if I could just get my Nano shirt.
I have a killer headache, so this post might not make much sense at all. If that is the case, sorry. I'll do better tomorrow. I hope! I have my bed linen in the dryer. I just need to get it out and put it back on my bed. I also have another load of laundry in the wash. I need to get the bed linen out so I can dry that load. I'll do that after I post this. I have already done my French lesson for today and I washed my hair earlier. I still need a haircut so badly. I am probably not going to be able to get one this month. My funds are way too low. I didn't even get to refill money on my Starbucks cards! OH NO!!!!!!!! I did claim a small card as a reward from one of my places I get gift cards from. Sadly, it wasn't a virtual one, I will actually have to wait for it to ship. Oh well, at least I'll have something. I spent my last free drink a few days back so I need to reload my card. :p
Thrilling title, I know. :p . I walked today. It was overcast so it wasn't too hot and that was nice. I don't mind walking so much when it isn't scoring hot. I got my walk in and came home and relaxed until lunch time. I fixed lunch and called a friend. I wanted to go to her house and drop off something and then run some errands. She wasn't home, so I went waited and did some things here. When she got home, I went up there and was going to do what I needed to do up there and then do my errands. Well, that didn't happen! I got there and she got me to ride with her somewhere. I did and then we ran back by her house to get her son to take him by McDonald's to get some food. We did that and then went back to her house. I had to see all the animals, so I did that and then did what I needed to do. After that, I ended up staying a lot longer than I had planned. My hubby and I discussed books. He gave me those first three books that I read recently so we were talking about those and serial killers and true crime. It was a good time. lol
After I left there, I came home and relaxed a few minutes before fixing some dinner. I did that and watched a couple of episodes of Crime Stories. I just finished those and did my French. I have charged my Fitbit and now I'm going to do some more notes and prep work for Nano.
Oh! Cassey Ho, also know online as Blogilates got married today to her long time boyfriend. ^_^ Her brand Popflex Active sent all the people registered at the site a gift card today to celebrate the wedding. I ordered a cool shirt! It's a black t-shirt with Pop Pilates on it. I love it! ^_^ . It was $22 and I had the $10 gift cards. Yay!
So, I bought a frozen dinner at the grocery store yesterday that I thought would be really good. It wasn't! I LOVE PF Chang's. They have hat 'at home' meals for several years now, but they just started making an at home version of my favorite thing in their restaurant. Their chicken lo mein is the BEST ever! I saw that my grocery store had a frozen dinner version of that a week or so ago. I finally got one last night. The picture of the food on the box didn't look like it does at the restaurant, but I figured if it tasted like it, yay! So, I decided to make it for dinner tonight. Big mistake. It's horrible. It tastes exactly like EVER OTHER frozen Asian dish I've ever tried. GROSS. I've tried every teriyaki chicken and every fried rice I can find and they all taste the same. They are not good. I was very disappointed in this and I'm so glad I only bought one!
I actually have had one dish that was an Asian inspired dish that was pretty good. It was from Lean Cuisine of all people! Their sesame chicken is delicious. It's a really small portion though. Still, it's the only frozen Asian meal I've ever had that was good. I'll stick with my local Chinese and Japanese restaurants for good food. I so wanted this dinner from PF Chang's to be good. We don't have a PF Chang's here, so I'm only able to eat there out of town.
Oh well! Live and learn! I didn't walk today. I decided to take a rare day off and just relax. I did just that. After lunch though, I felt the need to get out for a little bit. I drove to Target and hit the Dollar Spot. I got seven cute Halloween items! I got a notepad, a caution tape, pumpkin washi, a little Hallloween sign, a wooden? jack o lantern, a jack light up necklace, and a jack bucket. All cute things. I then noticed that the Starbucks in Target HAD the acorn / fall gift cards. WHEE! I went and got what I thought were two sets. I got home and realized I had one complete set and I was missing one from the other. Boo! I was going to wait and go back tomorrow but the power in my house went out! My friend who lives less than a mile away said his was out too. It was an big outage from what I learned later.
I decided to run back to Target Starbucks and get the card I missed. I'm glad I did, because I saw some other cards that I didn't have so I was able to grab a few of those. I was going to get a drink in there, but they were out of an ingredient, so I just went to my regular Starbucks and hit the drive thru. I got a Frappuccino since I was hot and I didn't have air at home! I came home and the power was still out. It was starting to get dark outside, so I lit some candles and just drank my Frappuccino and relaxed. The power came on not too long after that.
Still no word on my Nano shirt being shipped. Boo! lol I want to see it. Oh! I did run a milkshake by a friend's house on my way home from the first trip to Target. He is the one that does a lot for me and carries me out to eat all the time. He tried to give me the money for his shake and I wouldn't let him. I like to treat when I can.
I have my notebook out that I used to NanoWriMo last year and I plan to write some ideas and notes for this years book. I have a idea of the majority of the book, but I want to have other stuff to lead up to that point. I want to get my notes down. I also want to re-read the first two books before this year's so I can make notes and remember things I might have forgotten. This one is going to be mainly centered around my two main characters and their Corgis on a dangerous road trip, but the other characters will be there in the beginning. I want to re-familiarize myself with everyone.
I've just been gone most of the day! I went on my walk earlier and then came home and did my workouts and French. I had lunch and then a friend picked me up and I rode with her to Burke's Outlet. We left there and went through the drive thru at Starbucks. ^_^ I finally used my free drink. :p
After we left Starbucks, we rode around a bit and then went to her house. We picked up her son and rode around in his car for a while and then went back to see what her mom wanted for dinner. I rode with them to pick up their dinner. Bentto for one and pizza for the other two. They dropped me home and I sat down to read some of my zombie fiction I wrote for Nano. I was doing that when my other friend texted and asked if I had eaten. I hadn't so we went to Eden to go to the Circle drive-in. They were closed for the week! We went to another drive up place called Dick's that has the same kind of food. We ate there and then headed back to Danville. He wanted a shake so I rode with him through the drive thru at Cookout. He was taking me to McDonald's for a frappe, but the machine was down for cleaning. NOOOOOOOO!!!!!! I really wanted something cold and delicious. Oh well!
I came in my house and did my squats. I couldn't walk in a straight line after that. lol I then got my Macbook out and sat don to post. I am going to read more of my zombie fiction. I have an idea for book three for Novembers NANOWRIMO and I just might do it! I had thought I would be done with the series, but I have a good idea of something totally new to add so I will be writing notes and preparing for that.
Now, I'm going to relax a bit. I have a headache and my stomach doesn't feel too great. It's like I have a low grade migraine. Phooey on that!
It's been a long day! I got in my walk and did my workouts. There was the 1000 squat challenge on today's workout calendar. Yes, I said one THOUSAND squats! Needless to say when I was done, my butt hurt. :p I got that and my other workouts done though. I did some cleaning in my room. I was looking for something and finally found it. I organized a bunch of stuff that needed it while looking. I really need to do all that organizing, so that was good. I finally found the item I sought and it was in a easy place too. Figures! Oh well, everything is all nice and neat and tidy!
I have some ideas of things to add to my NaNo novel. I might just add those tomorrow. Perhaps I'll take myself to Starbucks and write there. That would be nice and it's been over a week since I've been. Right now though, I'm going to finish posting this, do my French lesson, and then probably crash on my bed until bedtime. I'm really tired.
I got in a good walk today. I didn't walk as far as usual, because I was just not feeling it today. I did walk a good ways though. I came home and had time to rest a bit before doing my workouts. I did those and then I read on Not Always Right until time to fix lunch. I used the last of my cheese. OH NO!
Later, my friend needed to go pay a bill and wanted to know if I wanted to ride with him. I said, sure, and rode with. After he paid his bill, he stopped and got us some food. We ate and then he took me to Food Lion and gave me $5. I got two bags of cheese and he let me keep the $1.33 change. Yay! I put it in my bag that I use on my walks. I might get a treat for myself on the way home, who knows?
I didn't go to Starbucks today, sadly. I was hoping to get there, but it never happened. My friend didn't want to go over that way and the other friend I called made excuses. She is really good at that! :P I had lots of coffee at home though, so that was okay. I got my bed linen washed and back on my bed. I can't wait to hop in there and enjoy that nice fresh bed linen! I also washed my hair so it would be nice and clean on my clean pillowcase. lol
I think I'm crashing soon as I'm really tired and it was extra late (or early!) when I got to sleep. I hope to make up for that some tonight. I also need to go to the post office. I meant to ask my friend to carry me by there while we were out as we were really close, but I forgot. Phooey!
Yes, I got my word count in last night and it's official. I have completed my word count for the second year in a row. I still have some to write, and I need to edit the hell out of it, but I'm a #NaNoWriMo2017 winner! I'd like to thank all the wonderful cups of coffee and the two visits to Starbucks. :D
The title may change. I still have the editable PDF, so I can re-do one with the actual title if I do change it. I am going to do something totally different next year, I think. I had planned a trilogy, but I can't see another 50,000 words of this particular story!