Goals, Failures, Illness, and Fighting Back …

So I haven’t been posting as much lately, well in the past week or so, which makes me feel like I’ve been lax. Similarly, I have not been writing lately. After having food poisoning, I got to experience the worst flu of my life, only a few days later. This landed me in urgent care thinking I had some sort of bowel obstruction, who then referred me to the ER thinking I had appendicitis. Several blood tests, urine samples, and hours later, I left the hospital with the knowledge that I was afflicted by the latest in flu trickery.

Needless to say, two weeks of being ill really put a damper on my ability to write, in fact, it sort of crushed any semblance of an ability and I managed to write virtually nothing. So much for my NaNoWriMo goal for July. Which was modest, to begin with. This leaves me feeling like I have failed, something I really hate to feel. To top it all off, I was weighed in at the hospital and let’s just say it was not good, in fact, it was somewhat depressing. A little over a year ago I had been working to lose weight and joined a clinic that really messed with my body, not in a good way. I didn’t feel like I was losing weight and they had me on such a calorie deficit that I felt ill all of the time. My metabolism was messed up and I am still suffering the consequences.

On to happier thoughts. I am getting serious about my health. I really hate hospitals and every time I end up in one it is a wake-up call; in one way or another. Every time I get sick, I can’t write. That is by far the worst possible effect on me. You know, aside from the feeling of being sick and being unable to do anything about it. So I am giving up soda of any kind, in fact, the only things besides water that I am going to drink are coffee, tea, and lemonade (the diet kind). The latter I will probably mix with tea, but I need some flavor in life. The increase in water will help me immensely. Having the amount of water I need in a day will increase my metabolism, which in turn will help to reduce my weight, and eventually improve my health. This is the first step. I also know, that when I drink more water, I am a more active writer, which is an excellent perk.

I am still going to try and hit my Camp NaNoWriMo goal for July, which is 35,000 words written. I have just under 15,000 written this month, so that means in the next 9 days I need to get 2,102 words per day. I know I can do this because I have done 6k days before. This means I need to get my butt in gear so I can meet the goal.

For the rest of the year, I have some hefty projects I want to get to. First of them, I need to finish the rewrite of The Last Bladesinger. You’ve seen the cover, I’ve been talking about it since I finished the first draft in April. Since then I have rewritten the prologue and the first three chapters of Part I. That’s roughly 20,000 words or 80 pages. The novel itself is around 480 pages or 120,000 words, so I have my work cut out for me, especially if I am going to get this book out before the year’s end. Wish me luck. That will start in August, because I hope to have the short stories I planned for July finished, you know that 2.1k a day writing goal. That’s all I have for now, until next time folks.

Your Friendly Neighborhood Author,

DJ Morand

2 thoughts on “Goals, Failures, Illness, and Fighting Back …

  1. You haven’t failed at all, man, stop thinking that! Glad to know you’re better : )
    You know, after my hubby cut carbs he lost a lot of weight, maybe it helps? I can’t give up carbs though, they’re so delicious >_<


  2. Right? Lovely, delicious, yummy yummy carbs! Thanks btw. Yeah, I think honestly, my biggest issue is that I am too sedentary. I need to get up and move more, get the blood pumping.


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