This Sunday, I’m participating in “Stream of Consciousness Sunday”, hosted by Jana of Jana’s Thinking Place. The idea is to type for 5 minutes, a brain dump of sorts, and then to publish without editing the writing at all.

This weekend has been a busy one, and it has been difficult to keep up with both NaNoWriMo and NaBloPoMo. It’s a little cruel to have this challenges during a holiday month when the kids have so many days out of school, I think. Come February or May, I’ll have so much more free time that I could dedicate to these projects than I feel like I do now.

I guess that’s why they are called challenges, no?

I’m on track for NaNoWriMo… right now I’m at 45,750 words. I doubt I will have any more writing time today, but hopefully I can wrap up the remaining 4,250 words in the next couple of days while the kids are in school. My memoir is nowhere near completed, and in fact I think I’m only (maybe) halfway finished with the rough draft writing, but it is a great start. It’s gotten me in the habit of sitting down for dedicated writing at least four days out of every week, and that’s an awesome habit to have acquired.

As for NaBloPoMo, I’m keeping up… so far, I’ve posted every single day in November. I have no plans to keep this daily posting up though, for several reasons. My blog traffic has lessened a little this month, not by much, but enough that I notice. I feel like this is because I am not able to give as much time to each post, or to promoting each post. I feel like I’ve written a handful of excellent posts, straight from my heart, and they’ve gotten buried by the next day’s post , before they could really be appreciated properly.

I have enjoyed these challenges. I am proud of myself for keeping up as well as I have, in spite of the babysitting, stress, grief, and holidays, but I’ll be grateful for December 1st… when I can get back to my preferred (and less stressful) writing schedule.

If you’re participating in NaNoWriMo or NaBloPoMo (or both) this month, how are you doing? Are you planning to continue the daily writing/posting schedule or will you be glad to see the end of it?

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I'm Heather, a married mama of two teen girls, a stillborn baby girl (7/1/12), and a sweet and wild preschool girl (4/2/14). I've been blogging at The Destiny Manifest since 2001. I like to write about appreciating all of the beautiful little things that surround us, particularly in the face of grief, infant loss and mental health issues. Every day is an adventure!

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  • JanineHuldie

    Great post and I just hit the 50,000 mark today on NaNoWriMo. Even though I never officially entered the other, I have been writing everyday on my blog since I started blogging seriously and wasn’t stopping this month. Did I make myself crazy? Hell, yes, but I truly feel like I accomplished something great. Still nowhere near done with my book though, but the 50,000 mark felt pretty damn good if I don’t say so myself. I know you can do it too and are so close 🙂

  • NaBloPoMo is kicking my a**. Will me SO glad to see the end. That said, I do think it’s taught me that I can blog a lot more than I thought I could.

  • Same here!

  • Congratulations on finishing NaNoWriMo! I can’t believe you blog daily, always! That’s amazing, and you have so much respect (and awe) from me for keeping up with it!

  • Azara

    I’m hugely impressed that you’re doing both. I should stop whining about how hard NaBloPoMo is. I won’t continue posting daily for the same reason you mentioned – that I feel like good posts get lost when I post every single day. I don’t have a large audience waiting for every word I say, so I’d rather let each post sit there for a few days before I cover it up.

  • I think I was a little crazy to take on both… deep down overachiever at heart. Next year I think I’ll step back and pick one or the other, rather than both!