Streets of San Francisco… Word From Peking…

Okay, here’s the latest problem. I could probably zip through and still finish the NaNoWriMo challenge. I could. I’ve written that word count and then some before. But I’m stuck. Not at the starting block, at least, but I did spend some time going back to start over about a week ago, after two weeks of sputtering and sparking hopelessly. The trouble I’m having is, the novel wants to be too many things at once, and it’s not supposed to be this crazed.

I had a plan. Not an in-depth, fully plotted plan. I actually thought about preparing a full plot line months ago, but my fear was that it would kill the urge to write the novel when the time came.

But now, when the time has nearly passed me by, I just want to sleep. I’m so tired, it’s ridiculous. I don’t think I’m sick, although my breathing is a little shallow just now. If I am sick, it’s just starting, and hasn’t given itself away yet. I don’t really have time for this, in either case.

I also need a new data drive. I’m running out of space, and I’ve also run out of large pieces of files or software I can easily afford to throw away. There are files I could probably lose without crying too much, but not on my main data storage drive. I’d back the stuff up to disc, but let’s face it: backing up data on a two terabyte drive is going to be very expensive and time consuming, even if you already have the DVDs to do some of it.

Finally, I think Dawn’s hoping I’ll do some housework. Can’t say I blame her, but it’s not exactly what I’ve had in mind for the next week, given that I’ve been doing a fair bit of it this month so far, and I’ve got a (pointless) deadline I’m trying to meet.

I don’t want people to tell me to take a break or to relax and have some ‘Me Time’. My careers are in tatters because I haven’t pushed hard enough in the last couple of years. I need to work. I need to finish something. I need to be paid, well.

I need to go. Thank you for reading. Have a good week.


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