NaNoWriMo Updates, Excerpts, and Slavery

I've been working long crazy hours for my day job. Sad thing is that I'm on salary and get no extra money for the time spent. I'm paid to get the job done, even if the deadlines and work load are humanly impossible. So in October I squeezed in an extra week of work. Actually, I did 48 hours of overtime for $0.

Yesterday, I worked 12 hours. Which left no time for writing. I'd get a new job, but the stress of job hunting would be worse than getting through this month.

I'm 10K words into my story and still loving where my character is going. She's loads of fun and feisty.

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Here's another excerpt from Wendy Amazing and the Girl's school of Mad Science, Chapter One:

The door to the cellar flings open, and Dad steps out. His goggles are still pushed up on the top of his head and his curly brown hair sticks out all over, but he remembered to leave his apron and work gloves downstairs and he scrubbed his arms up to the elbow just as Mom had told him to.

And he’s got a happy spring in his step and a smile across his face. That means today’s work inventing whatever it is he’s inventing right now. The contraption that they won’t tell me anything about. Grrr.

“Mrs. Amazing, I unlocked the mystery of the—”

Mom leans into him and kisses him on the nose. “Mr. Amazing, however much I’d love to hear, there are small ears with big minds. You can show me tonight.”

“I can hear you. I’m standing right here.” I fold my arms across my chest. “And why can’t I know? It’s not like I’m still two and will knock over the chemicals anymore.”

That had been a disaster. I’d turned my hair blue for a month, and Mom and Dad crowed about my first chemical concoction. Not that any of us could figure out what chemicals had combined in the mishap.

“This is different, Wendy. We all know you are capable, but this one is . . . dangerous.” Shadows of worry flicker in Mom’s eyes.

That does it. I’m just going to have to sneak down into the lab tonight. I can’t protect Mom and Dad from whatever is so dangerous if I don’t even know what it is.

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How about YOU? How's your NaNoWriMo project going???


  1. Cute! I like it! :D

    So far so good on mine. Just over 11,700! On track at least. Not blowing it out of the water like I did last year, but progress is good! I'll take it!

  2. Great word count, Erica. Good luck with the rest of the month!


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