11.2.13

890 words today. Not a great start to NaNoWriMo, but I have been having a wee bit of kittius interruptus, and my parents have come for a visit. I knew I'd be late to the game this month, I'm just trying to keep the word counts in the 1k range daily so I don't get too far behind. A nice big fat 10k day will catch me up, so I'm not too worried.

I generally write very linearly, moving from scene to scene, chapter to chapter, adding to things in the order they appear in the book. But every once in a while, I get a wild hair and can't wait to set down a future scene. That's where my word count came from today. The second to last chapter, actually. It's kind of nice knowing so early on where I need to end up. Normally that doesn't happen until much, much later.

I thought I brought home kittehs, but I was wrong. They are minions. Homicidal minions, at that. Jordan has already buried her mouse, dug it up, and proceeded to drown it when my back was turned. And she's supposed to be the shy one.

I will buy them more mice tomorrow, as well as a fishing pole with ribbons that I think they will go bonkers for. And try to get words while they dance about. Life, it is good.

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J.T. Ellison

J.T. Ellison is the New York Times bestselling and award-winning author of fifteen critically acclaimed thrillers and is the co-author of the Nicholas Drummond series with #1 New York Times bestselling author Catherine Coulter. With over a million books in print, Ellison’s work has been published in twenty-five countries and thirteen languages. She is also the co-host of A Word on Words, Nashville's premier literary TV series, which airs on Nashville Public Television. She lives with her husband and twin kittens in Nashville. Visit JTEllison.com, and follow her on Twitter @Thrillerchick or at Facebook.com/JTEllison14.