Archive | November, 2009

Doing the NaNoWriMo Happy Dance!

30 Nov

Yes, I’m a winner. I just completed my 50,000 word novel with just under 90 minutes left till deadline. My official word count – 50207. Yippee!!!!!

And here is my official badge to prove it.

Of course, I wrote 17661 of those words TODAY. AND I have a raging sinus infection.

I”m so happy – now I need another month to do all the revisions.

Thanks to all my supporters.

happy dance, happy dance!


Help! I’m in NaNoWriMo hell!

29 Nov

This is just a quickety-quick update. Well, I’ve been TRYING to complete my NaNoWriMo novel. I have just hit the 25,000 mark (25,091 to be exact – but who is counting – ha!). That’s the good news. The bad news is that I have: 2 days 9 hours, 31 minutes and 23 , 22, 21, 20.. seconds to complete my novel. That means that I need to write um… A LOT – to complete the novel.

Now I know I’m good at deadlines, but this is RIDICULOUS. So how did I manage to get myself into such a bind? November ran away with me. I did go to San Francisco and do the Night of Writing Dangerously which was fun, but basically November was a nutty month – yeah yeah heard it all before.

So, um, I did have some SERIOUS stuff to deal with -you know just the average “someone came to stay at my house after her boyfriend kicked her out and she had pneumonia. Supposed to stay two days but that turned into 2 weeks and culminated with a trip to the emergency room because she threatened suicide. This led to a 72 hour lock down¬† a la Britney Spears, a discovery that she was a rampant alcoholic going through withdrawal and a whole lot of extra craziness thrown in. This took up a LOT of my time and I’m still dealing with the aftermath. And no this is NOT the plot of my novel – although maybe it should have been?

And then, I had a great story idea that was brilliant in my head and then on paper sucked sucked sucked so I gave up and started a whole NEW story last week – hence the crazy deadline. To wit, I did NOT start NaNoWriMo until November 9 and here is my word count so far:

Nov 9 – 837

Nov 10 – 944

Nov 16 – 3303

Nov 22 – 1567

Nov 23 – 283

Nov 24 – 4051

Nov 26 – 1817

Nov 28 – 2232

Nov 29 – 4721

Nov 30 (today) – so far – 5,338¬† – and it’s 2:35 p.m.

So writing here is my “break” can you believe it? Right! Write! I’m back to writing.. Wish me luck. I may not sleep tonight in order to complete this by midnight tomorrow. Oy. To all other NaNoWriMo’s thanks for the great forum where others are going mental attempting to finish. Insanity rules. Luckily I think I have enough plot points to keep going – and if not, I’ll have to kill off a major (or minor) character, have a dream sequence, a ridiculously long sex scene (which I assume would mean a very dreamy hero who doesn’t mind taking his time) or blow something up. Or perhaps all four at once. That should be good for at least 10,000 words or so. Suggestions welcome…

PS. This explains why I haven’t written here in AGES!