The Babysitting Adventures of Rachel

It’s Gonna Be A Best-Seller…

Starting back in the summer of 2010, I started babysitting two boys. I only watch them during the summer as both of their parents work while the kids are at school, which is nice. They’re one of the few families that actually have the parents home when the kids are home that I know of.

So this is the third summer I’m watching them. The oldest, Jack, is now 13 and the youngest, Sam, is 11. The oldest has ADD while the youngest has ADD and a touch of Autism. They get along really well, but…you know, they’re brothers. Despite their special needs, Jack is actually capable of being home alone for a few hours and watching his little brother. However, he torments poor Sam half of the time. So instead of actually “babysitting” I get paid to “referee.” And it’s funny because last summer was horrible, but Jack has actually matured with age…for a boy. I honestly don’t think I need to be there. But I love hanging out with the two of them, so why not?

Anyway, the whole point of this post is to talk about what Sam wants me to do. We drove my cousin and her friend to their swimming lesson a few weeks ago. The swim lesson was only a half hour long so we stayed there to watch. Sam had his Nintendo DS and his Pokemon to keep himself company. I planned on playing my game, but I found myself caught up in watching the kids swim. But somehow Sam got a hold of my iPod and was looking at my calendar.

“Camp NoNoWr…what?” Sam stammered to read my July entries.

“Camp NaNoWriMo. It stands for National Novel Writing Month.” I laughed at his pronunciation and corrected him.

Of course, Sam has no idea what that is. So I explained the whole thing to him simply. Judging by the look on his face, he wasn’t all that impressed.

“Geez, Rachel…I knew you were a geek, but I didn’t think you were that much of a geek.” he scoffed.

Honestly, I was kind of surprised at how offended I got. Of course I was laughing, but I never really thought writing would be categorized as being a geek. That was certainly the first time I heard that, but I just don’t think Sam knew what to think about it.

“Hey, it’s writing. Writing is my career.” I replied and he stared at me funny. “Well…I want it to be my career. I want to be an author someday…sooner rather than later, I mean. NaNo is something that helps me get closer to that goal.”

From the look on Sam’s face, I now had his attention. And he seemed to understand, too. Yet, he was still confused because he knew I’m going to school to be a teacher and he knows I’m a teacher at a preschool. I explained I went to school for teaching as a day job just in case selling books doesn’t bring in enough money. But I am going to get my Bachelor’s in English. Being with children and writing are two of my favorite things to do. I can easily do both and if writing becomes more of a priority…well, my books are all picture books, middle grade, or young adult. It’s still kid stuff. He nodded an approval at my plan.

Then the wheels in his head began to squeak. Then they moved slowly and before I knew it, the rust was dusted off and the wheels were turning five miles per second.

“The Babysitting Adventures of Rachel!” he exclaimed. “You should write a book all about you and me and all the fun we have together! I bet you it will be a big hit!”

I found this amusing. Sam texts me throughout the school year every once in a while and when the summer nears and his mom and I start planning a schedule for me to babysit, he’s always calling me on the phone super excited. His mom tells me he constantly talks about me and she’s so happy by how much he loves me. If the child is not happy about the babysitter, then there’s an issue somewhere. But I was excited that Sam took an interest in my writing and he was trying to help me out. Although, at first I thought it was just him being 11, but then I realized he was serious.

“You can talk about me and you and Chance!” he continued on and on. “I guess Jack can be in there…maybe you can put Jackie and Katherine in there, too.” Then he whispers: “You know, just to be nice.”

–Let me stop to explain for a moment: Chance is his dog, Jack is his brother (as previously mentioned), Jackie is my cousin (the one who was swimming), and Kat is my other cousin (Jackie’s little sister). Continuing on…–

Then I asked a question I shouldn’t have (but I still thought he was joking): “How long should this book be?”

“Um…100 pages!”

Uh…what? Wow, he really thought this through in the past five minutes, didn’t he? Then he stuck out his hand and I shook it.

“What’s this for?” I asked.

“So I know you’ll definitely do it.”

Well, crap. Now I’m stuck. I have an 11-year-old wanting me to write 100 pages all about our fun together. How was I going to pull this one off? He had to be kidding, right? He was probably going to forget about this whole thing by tomorrow, anyway…right?

After I finished babysitting that day I thought long and hard about our conversation. I began laughing to myself and thought: challenge accepted.

A few days later (yes, he remembered), he told me that he wants it to be 256 pages now. Random number, right? I don’t get it, either. However, I did say challenge accepted, but I don’t think I’m going to be able to write that much about us. All we really do is go in the pool, play with the dog, and play Pokemon. Seriously. I’ll make the story 100-256 pages. No less than 100, no more than 256. But I doubt I’ll get to 256 pages.

I realized that I am probably going to make Sam’s life when I write this book. Of course I’m not going to write it ready for publication, but it helped spark a middle grade series idea (with the help of Kris when I told her this story) that I think I am going to write. And who knows? Maybe it will be the “next big thing.”

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4,678 Words

Dragging Along…

 

Every time I write, I post on here right after. If this happens in the morning, then I usually say in my post that I’m going to try to get some more writing done later on that night. I never do that. Yesterday, I actually did.

I wrote a total of 4,678 words today, but about 800 words of that if from last night. 800 is better than nothing. Plus, I made up for it this morning.

I still have about 45 minutes before I have to get to class, so I could actually write a little bit more, but I’m beginning to make typo after typo…I just wrote for almost two hours, which is pretty good.

I don’t think that I’m going to get any more writing done tonight. I’m probably going to be dead tired by the time I get home from work. Today is my long day at school and then I have work right after, so it does wonders to my body…

Even though I won’t be using this time to write, I am certainly going to use this time to read. I have about 100 pages left in Beautiful Creatures. I did not bring it because then I knew that I wasn’t going to write at all. I have my boyfriend’s Kindle hooked up to my iPod and there’s a book called Eye of the Wizard that he wanted me to read. I’m just about halfway through that, so that’s what I’ll be doing while I wait for class to start.

As I said before, I am not going to change the pages read thing because I will confuse myself. I am changing the words written…even though I confuse myself with that as well, but I don’t think that I have screwed up yet. If I did, maybe I’ll make up for it because I will hopefully write over 365,000 words by the end of the year…even though I am currently behind. 😉

 

2013: 41,268/365,000 Words Written
2013: 932/18,250 Pages Read

Day 6

17740/50000 Words

 

I have to say that I am quite proud of myself. I have been trying to write at least 2000 words a day and so far it has been working. Except, due to school and work getting in the way, I was unable to write anything yesterday. I was determined to keep up the 2000 word pace so I decided that I was going to write 4000 today to make it seem like I never skipped a day. And guess what?

I ended up with a little over 6000 words! It turns out that I can skip tomorrow and still be at my quota (I don’t know if that’s the right word…just trying to sound smart xD). Of course, I am not going to skip writing tomorrow because I have hopes of not only reaching 50K, I want to finish the whole novel. And the whole novel is not going to be 50K…it will be well over.

The only thing that stinks is that I wrote all of this today at school because it was my long day and I have a three hour break in between my two classes. I was excited because I knew that I was going to write a lot. However, an old friend of mine found me in the library and we ended up talking for 45 minutes. My goal today was to try to get up to 20k or 21,340 (which would have been an even ten grand that I wrote) just so I could make it even or whatever. But losing those 45 minutes made me get a little behind.

I was sad about it for about two minutes and then I got over it because 6K is pretty good enough. And it was nice to talk to her again because I haven’t seen her since high school. Anyway, I hope that tomorrow is another good day for writing, but again, I have school and work so we’ll see how it goes. Even if I just write the normal 2000 words for tomorrow, I’ll be happy. I’m well ahead of the game. 🙂

Of course I am starting to get frustrated already. I’m not getting writer’s block, my characters are doing exactly what they’re supposed to be doing, I’m following the outline nicely, and the plot is actually moving along. I’m more mad at my typos. Do you know how many times I have called my main character Blake “Bake” or “Lake”? Seriously, it’s bad. If I wasn’t do OCD, I would have kept the typos in so I could count how many times I screwed up. I kind of wish I did that. I’m sure it would have been well over 100.

Anyway, as I said, I’m aiming to finish my novel. I don’t know how many words that’s going to be, but I’m aiming to go way past 50K. Is there anyone else who is aiming higher than 50K? Or maybe you’re aiming higher than 50K because you’re writing more than one novel?

I tried aiming for 100K last year because I wanted to write 50K each for two stories…or it might have been the year before. Either way, it failed miserably. But I got sick, too which really slowed me down.

Speaking of being sick, I have another doctor’s appointment for a follow-up of my pneumonia. I finished my yucky medicine this morning so I’m praying to God that my pneumonia is okay enough so I don’t get any more medicine. On the other hand, I’m hoping it’s not and the doctor tells me I can’t go to school or work. Isn’t that sad? But I think it would be nice to have a week off and do absolutely nothing. Well, except write, of course.

Anyway, let me know if I’m in this whole “aiming over 50K” thing alone or not. It would be nice to compete with someone. >:) No, I’m just kidding. From the comments I got on my last post, it seems that everyone is doing quite nicely on their own NaNos.

Kepp up the good work, guys! I’m proud of you! Good luck with the rest of the month, too. We’re probably going to need it…

100 Followers

This pic was taken by me at school.

Well, there you go! 🙂 I officially have 100 followers. Thank you!

You know, it’s funny. I had originally started this blog on BlogSpot back in January of 2012. I would post, look at other blogs and like them, comment on them, and follow them. But no one ever followed or commented on my blog. I barely got any views on my page. I got a little discouraged, but I kept posting. Then life got in a way and I forgot about it. After a couple months, I got back into it and then realized…no one is going to look back on here because I was away for so long. Then my sister told me to try WordPress because it had better traffic.

Well, I went onto WordPress and started this blog in May 2012. Again, life got in the way and I stopped for pretty much the whole summer, but I got back into it in August and I think I have been doing pretty well keeping up with it since then. Especially now since it’s November and NaNo is going on. I have a lot to talk about because I have been writing a lot more…even though life still gets in the way sometimes, but I’m learning to work my way around it.

My sister was right. WordPress does have a lot more traffic and I find it easier to navigate than BlogSpot. Don’t get me wrong, BlogSpot was great, but I guess I will always prefer WordPress. I find a lot more interesting blogs on WordPress. I have a lot of views, a lot of comments, and now a lot of followers.

I just thought I would make a post to say thank you to all the people who actually come by and read my blog. It does really mean a lot; especially since I started this whole blog to get recognized for when I finally publish some writing out there. Now I know I will have a few people who know that my book is out there and will maybe buy it. Now the last piece of the puzzle is to actually get something published…

So thank you to all of my followers and even my viewers who keep coming back! All of this happened with yesterday’s post “Day 3” about my NaNo writing. I got 143 views and 102 followers. Thank you to everyone who has been reading about my life and actually finds it enjoyable enough to keep coming back for more. 🙂