NaNo Update – The Lion’s Share

courtney avatarTwo things happened on Sunday. The first was that I successfully completed NaNoWriMo 2016. I managed to reach 50,000 words, and with a few days to spare. I must admit, it was a very good feeling when I finally got to click that Validate button on the NaNo site. The fun’s not over yet, however. I may have reached the NaNo goal of 50,000 words, but that does not give me completed novel draft. By my current estimations I have another 20,000 words left. And, if at all possible, I would like to get that done before Christmas.

Who knows if that’s even doable, what with the other commitments I’ve got lined up for December, but we’ll never know unless we try. Which, ultimately, is what NaNoWriMo is all about. Even getting halfway to your goal is still a victory, because, hey, it’s more words than you had when you started.

Now onto the second thing I did on Sunday. Because I spend all day during the week sitting in front of a computer, I find it difficult to do this on weekends too. So I try to mix things up a bit. The creative juices were already flowing, so I busted out the paint and canvas and decided to paint this guy.


I have a series of these style paintings. They’re quick (this one took about 2 and a half hours), and fun. Partly because they’re painted almost entirely with a palette knife (if you’ve never tried palette knives before, I highly recommend them), and partly because it’s 90% metallic paint, which is just entertaining all round.

Here’s the progress bar, if you’re interested.

And, here’s a few of the precursors to this guy.

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