November 15: Halfway Heaven or Hell?

It’s November 15, and we are exactly halfway through November now. If you’re participating in NaNoWriMo, you should be approaching & passing the halfway word count sometime today — 25,000 words!


If you’re like me, and still in school, maybe you’re realizing that this is week 12 of the semester & you really only have 2 weeks of anything left. Because finals don’t count; or you’re in grad school, as I am, and you don’t have finals, so you just lose that whole last week. (Bah humbug!)

Either way, on November 15, you’re probably in either Halfway Heaven (so you rock! and we also kinda hate you) or you’re in Halfway Hell (so you still rock! but you kinda hate yourself).

Which is it?

I am in Halfway Hell. November has been productive, so productive, and now I just want to curl up in a little ball and sleep. Which is actually what I did most of this week, and now that I’ve metaphorically woken up, I’m in this cold place and feelin’ kinda panicky.

You see, I had lots of things to do this week and I did nothing. NOTHING. But, because I never started anything, I can’t actually be further behind than I am now, and that’s a weird & backwards sort of silver lining. You know, like, “I couldn’t possibly be more behind that I am now, so the only direction is forward!

So now I am going to use November 15 for everything it’s worth: getting caught up (or, at least, getting started on catching up). November 15 is a great day to realize that you can still accomplish your November goals by just readjusting your original daily goals  — whether they be word counts for a novel or page counts for a school paper.

Here is how I will spend my November 15: (1) grading four major projects, and (2) creating a workable outline for 1/2 of my Wikipedia paper, and (3) submitting my degree plan for graduation, and (4) going to class, and (5) watching my boyfriend’s soccer match.

There are a lot of great things about this November 15. First, I get to feel accomplished for doing something I have to do anyway — going to class, where I will give a presentation, yay! — and I scheduled in some fun break time — watching my boyfriend play his last match of the season. And both of these things should help me stay motivated to accomplish real grad school tasks — the seems-endless-in-the-moment grading gauntlet, and the outline for the paper that will represent my writing in my Master’s thesis portfolio in April, eek!

So, are you in heaven or hell today? If you’re in heaven, congrats! If you’re in hell, welcome.



  1. I like your optimism.

    Today, for example, I’m going to outline a website for my uncle. He wants a website for his RV park and mini-storage business. Nothing big, but the sooner I get started the more business that comes in. I hope. 🙂

    You can do it, BK! Also, make time for a little Aggie football watching. Sometimes that’s fun. 🙂

    Good luck! I’ll be thinking of you.

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