My rate of posting has slowed down in recent days, what with Thanksgiving and then a week long vacation. And I had a business trip thrown in there, as well. It was a very productive trip, but I was working on science education from morning until night, with no opportunity for a little posting on the side.
All this has also impacted my writing schedule. Vacations aren't something to gripe about, of course. I think most of us who are writers tend to be Type A, and it is easier to do a working vacation than to take real time off. So it is good to encourage ourselves to try to really unplug once in a while (even though I'm supposed to be 'unplugged' right now ...) But the last month did see the production of two new drafts of sci-fi short stories, and part of a draft for a horror short story. But I still need to get them finalized and cleaned up before diving into formal editing.
My NaNoWriMo final count was 58K. I was on pace for about 75K of material, which would have finished the novel, but then Thanksgiving reared its head. I don't mind writing a lot of material in one day, so long as I basically have it already scripted in my head. But I don't like to put down complete garbage text that's just going to get hacked out in the edits, anyway. Still, I think that once I get it cleaned up and reading for editing, it will have enough of the good stuff to be a real draft novel. Not sure how to target it, thought, since it bridges several genres. But that's a problem for after it's written and edited.
I've also been examining a few new avenues for learning and networking. Professional conferences and societies are great places for a scientist to keep up on the latest, to report new work, and stay in touch with colleagues. But I have not tried to do the same as a creative writer. I've been looking into what societies and conferences are key in my genres of sci-fi, fantasy, and even horror. I've also been looking into general writing workshops in order to hone my editing skills.
And in the mean time I've been distracted by Avatar movie advertisements. I don't usually run out to see a new movie until lots of reviews have come in. But I think I might see this one early just for the eye-candy factor. And as always, I'm wondering if it will be anywhere as good as the hype. Which given the level of hype, might make that completely impossible.