But I used to be. Our first rule was Never Tune Your Instrument.
I finished NaNoWriMo in fifteen days this month. Blahhhhhrhghlghglhgh.
I'm way less confident about my writing than I used to be. Nowadays, it's quite common for me to write a draft, scrap it, write another draft, handwrite a draft to incorporate into that draft... and then throw it all away again. NaNoWriMo is kind of a nice hearkening back to when I was a teenager and I thought that Robert Jordan imitations that dripped from my hands at 1800 words a day were pure gold.
Now I'm cutting, chopping, reworking... I've probably written 70,000 words total this month, but the draft just won't get past 60k, and I know I'm going to throw away the first three chapters.
For fifteen days, writing this mad, passionate whore of a novel, I was dripping gold again.
Adia fell on her face yesterday and scraped her nose, so she has been wearing a Band-Aid on her face.
I drilled her on what to say. "Adia, if anyone asks where you got that Band-Aid, what do you say?"
Adia: "I don't talk about Fight Club!"
At preschool, one of the other moms said, "Did you hurt yourself?"
She shoved her fist in her mouth and remained silent. For shame, Adia.