A beLATEd 2015 3Day Novel Weekend Wrap-up

Hullo World

Finally typing up my post 3day notes…

I made this note on Sept 9, 2015.

Wow and wow and wowzi-wow.  This may have been the best 3Day Weekend ever!

I need to write up a blogpost for Future Me to look back on.

Took me a while to get around to it.  But here we go…

Where I worked:

In the Writing Burrow.  I ran power out to the trailer, with the solar back-up.

Warmth: I have propane heat in the trailer, but I don’t like to use it when I sleep in there, so I took an electric heater out there this year.  I only used it one morning to take the edge off. It was warm enough the rest of the weekend.

Tunes: I set up 3 different playlists on my ipod…

  • an inspiring instrumental set (heavy on Kimba Aren and Jennifer Berezan)
  • a long playlist of women chanting (a lot of Hildegard von Bingen and Sarband)
  • a DANCE set including a mix of stuff from the Road Hammers, Elvis and Eivor and anything that made me wanna wiggle.

I played music through a speaker or straight into my brain with headphones and on Monday afternoon I danced out in the yard to get my energy up for the final push.

What I ate and drank:

The food stayed in the house and I brought out meals on trays. I ate far less that I thought I would.  Heh heh.

Snacks that lived with me in the Trailer:

  • two bite brownies
  • bar of dark chocolate
  • almonds

I had good breakfasts each day high on the protein:

  • boiled egg
  • Greek yogurt with nuts and seeds sprinkled on
  • green grapes
  • apple slices
  • thin rye bread
  • cheese
  • hummus
  • jam

Main meals eaten in the evening or into the night:

Moose chili – made by the Raggedy Man.

Curried Chicken with rice or noodles – from The Masala Maven


I had a kettle for making tea/coffee and a water jug.

I also had the Tennessee Honey Jack for a “wind down” drink after shutting down for the night — taken with an episode of Longmire.


Body: I managed not to end up a tangled mess of PAIN this year.  Because of the hip pain I’ve been experiencing, I made a conscious effort to pay more attention to my body and to stretch and move more each day.

  • I took time out for a short walk each day
  • I did a set of yoga stretches once or twice each day
  • I made sure to sneak inside for a hug and a smooch at least once a day as well

Eyes: I also set up an app (Insight Timer) on my ipad to BONG every 10 minutes so that I would look away from the screen of the laptop and focus on something across the room to keep my eyes fresh. I didn’t play the BONGS the entire time I worked, but I did it for the first night and then on and off throughout the weekend.  The BONG also reminded me to sit up straight – as I tend to hunch over the keyboard.

Silly Stats Fun:

Total Time Worked: 39 H 26 Min

“Sleep” Times:

  • Sat: Log-off 3:37AM           Log-on: 8:50AM
  • Sun: Log-off 3:51AM          Log-on: 12:53AM
  • Mon: Log-off 3:27AM          Log-on: 11:28AM

Longest Day (Work wise): Monday 14.13 Hours

Longest Stretch Without a Break: Monday from 3:39pm to 7:47pm

Day with the highest word count: Sunday 11, 319

Quickest Edit Pass EVER – 3Hr 12Min

Monday 7:55-11:45 PM (with a re-fueling break from 8:49-9:27)

Final Word Count: 30, 050

Final Page Count: 222 (including Front Matter and “Sources Used” page)

Title: Run Fast Hold Still (which is also the title of an essay Ray Bradbury wrote that is in his lovely book Zen in the Art of Writing)

What it is?  Well…. that’d be telling.

Let it be enough to say that the stack of pages exist.  A moony tale told in a epistolary form.

And now…. time to get on with other things.

Sending a wave from this far rainy shore and a wee slideshow for your daily giggle…

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Have a great week.

go easy ~p

PS: The song I dance to when all energy is fading….

2 Comments on “A beLATEd 2015 3Day Novel Weekend Wrap-up

  1. Wow! That is a lot of writing! I would have needed a lot more chocolate to get me through that many words. Good idea to set a timer to remind you to look up from the screen now and again. I often look away while I type. It helps to have something awesome to gaze at.

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Because there's never enough time to do it right the first time but there's always enough time to do it over

Ailish Sinclair

Stories and photos from Scotland

Cathy Standiford

Historical fiction, poetry, essays

Starting Over

Because there's never enough time to do it right the first time but there's always enough time to do it over

Ailish Sinclair

Stories and photos from Scotland

Cathy Standiford

Historical fiction, poetry, essays

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