Gosh, it seems like a long time to me since I have last updated the blog. Now that it's November, that means two things:

(1) My daughter is in childcare, finally!
(2) Nanowrimo begins!!!

Trust me, neither one is easy, but at least this month isn't boring for me, that's for sure. During the first three days at the childcare, my daughter just refused to mix around with the other kids; I guess that's normal. After all, one has to take some time to adjust to the new environment, new people and everything else, even in the adult world. There are two teachers in charge for each class, and she is in Nursery 1 (the youngest group). Actually I wanted to stay a little longer, to see how they are doing and also to accompany my daughter (after all she is still new), but the teachers politely requested me to leave, saying that it would be better for her to get used to it as early as possible, so ended up I stayed for only an hour at most. Oh well...

This morning was worse. She just refused to let me go, and cried non stop. The teacher has no choice but to carry her off my embrace; outside the childcare I could still hear her screaming. Well, nothing could describe my feelings right then...I feel heartbroken. But yet, I have no choice but to let go.

Now back to the other issue: Nanowrimo. Honestly I never know I can churn up about 15k words in...7 days' time!!! *Big Gasp* I still have another 35k words to go, and after making a little calculations, I think I will be safe as long as I could type 1667 words per day. It isn't easy when you are stuck in the middle of the story, and you have to think of new plots and new characters as well. Because Nano is more about quantity over quality, so you can just type whatever is in your mind, and worry about editing later. There was a time I messed up with the POVs, and I feel like going back to edit them, but then my fellow Nanoers urged me to move on, and focus on the numbers typed instead. It's indeed very nice to have encouragement and support from other participants as well, as we all face the same pressure of completing the goal in this month. Nano is fun, and not to mention it's also a good motivation so you can push yourself to the limit. You will never think of the extraordinary result; and personally I think I have accomplished something even if I lose in the end because I have not tried writing a novel before, since I write mainly short stories.

That's all for now, folks. I will update this blog as I move along with the Nano and who knows, if I have some time, I might post some book reviews...*wink*
6 Responses
  1. Julia Says:

    Melody - It break my heart to see kids crying too. I hope in due time she will get use to it...the poor kid. She just scare being there with strangers :)

    Good job in reaching 15k words so far! I know you'll make it in time. I'm still rooting for you :)

  2. Melody Says:

    I hope she will settle down quickly. I can't stand seeing them cry also.

    As usual, thanks for the encouragement! :)

  3. Jennifer Says:

    Glad to hear you are doing so well on NaNo!! Keep up the good work . . . . you will get there!!!

    O.k. now the little one is breaking my heart!!! B/C I can hear her screaming/crying in my head . . . . keep w/ it, she will get thru (I know, easier said then done)!!! HUGS!!

  4. Darla Says:

    {{{hugs}}} Melody. My daughter cried when I took her to childcare, too, and the teachers had to take her. After the first couple of weeks, she didn't cry as much, but she was still clingy. I felt horribly guilty until the teacher told me that after I left, she was fine--it was just the act of separation that upset her so much. Hope that'll be the same with your daughter.

    Congratulations on keeping up with your NaNo goals. I'm really curious about your book. :)

  5. Melody Says:

    Jen, thanks for having the faith in me! I really appreciate it. :) {Hugs}

    As for the little one, I think she still needs some time...


  6. Melody Says:

    Darla, I still think your daughter is coping better than mine. The teacher told me she cries on and off for the day till the time I fetch her. Her voice is a little hoarse after she's in the childcare, and I feel so sorry for her. My poor baby!

    Gosh, I don't dare to let anyone read my Nano work. LOL! I know there must be lots of craps in there, since it's all about quantity!!! But there are talks amongst some members in Critique Circle (I'm quite active over there) that they might submit their Nano works for critiques (more editing!!!), maybe after this I will allow others to read then! LOL!

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