Posts Tagged ‘NaNoWriMo’

Best. NaNoWriMo. Award. Ever. Thank you, RayKay57!

I am a NaNoWriMo winner! I won the following: a full draft of my first book, bragging rights, a printable color certificate, a winner’s badge to put on my blog, and my fab twitter/blog pal made me a celebratory present! Woo-to-the-hoo!

Friend-designed award aside, winning the NaNoWriMo challenge was not the epic accomplishment of my literary dreams. Once the initial few seconds of shine wore off, I felt like I was saddled with a sloppy and forced rushed-draft, rather than a sound and malleable rough-draft.

I have amassed 50,000 words into something that resembles the disheveled typings of a disoriented, dizzy lunatic. Judging from the sentence structure, I think the lunatic left school in the 4th grade. And judging the plot twists, turns, and plummets (where did that major plot point go?), it appears this lunatic has the story-telling ability of a pre-verbal colicy baby.


But I finished! And I never thought I could write a full draft of a book in a month! I know I have some strong ideas and more than a few salvageable sentences amid the word pile, and that feels fantastic! Although I am not impressed with the quality of my writing, even I can admit that some neat writing moments came to be because I forced myself to sit and write for the sake of the NaNoWriMo word count.

I’m stepping away from the draft for a few days. Hello Skyrim! But once my coffee mug trophy arrives in the mail, the hunt for salvageable material begins!


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My previous NaNoWriMo update motivated me to get back in the game. In a week I wrote over 17,000 words and caught up to the masses! I was right on target to finish on time.

I promised myself a NaNoWriMo gift if I met the 50,000 word count by Dec 1. Impressed with the strides I had made, I took a look at the online NaNoWriMo gift shop for the first time and chose a ceramic mug that would serve as my completion trophy. I envisioned taking large hot gulps of coffee from my trophy as I worked on re-writes and first edits throughout the months of December and January. Those were the good ol’ days…

After my fantastic week of writing and constant stream of crap story plots (with a few good ideas thrown in there too), I let Thanksgiving festivities get in the way. A short weekend to my mums followed by a Thanksgiving week of fun has set me back considerably. So now I am eating dust again. Dust that tastes an awful lot like my regular old coffee mug.

My New Miserable Stats

Total Words Written: 33,628

Words Remaining: 16,327

Days Remaining: 5

Words Per Day To Finish On Time: 3,265.4 (sob!)

The Trophy I Wanted

My precioussssssss!

Now I’m Gonna Kick Some Ass – My Own Ass!

I want that trophy! It will be mine! So update, Universe, this is going to happen! I will finish NaNoWriMo. Skyrim is dead to me and we have enough leftovers to last us the week. No excuses, no nothing. If you need me and you can’t find me know this: I am in the zone. The writing zone. I will not return until December 1st at the stroke of midnight with a printed* receipt of an online NaNoWriMo ceramic mug order in my hand and the dust at my heels.

*I’ll really just save the receipt as a pdf on my computer to save paper, but that sounds less dramatic.

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It is Day 15 of  NaNoWriMo. For those of you just tuning in, NaNoWriMo stands for National Novel Writing Month. The purpose is to motivate thousands of fools to write a 50,000 word novel in 30 days. We are at the halfway point! By we, I mean all of the really fast writers out there who are not me. My word count is totally right on track if it were Day 9 of this event.

My Miserable Stats

Total Words Written: 15,830

Words Remaining: 34,170 (is that all?)

Days Remaining: 16

Words Per Day To Finish On Time: 2,135

8 Ball’s Prediction Of Whether I Will Reach Goal on Time: Not looking good.

Oh! Did I mention that we got a video game called Skyrim this weekend? It is a never ending nerd game of dragons, bandits, and quests. So many quests! Did I mention I turn into a 16-year-old boy when I play these games? My wood elf has been picking locks, trading goods, and honing her archery skills all weekend. Meaning, writing is no longer happening and I have just revealed to my blog friends that I am a mega-nerd.

Chance of Reaching Goal With Skyrim In House: Not going to happen, Dragonborn*!

In sum, I would have had a better chance growing a beard for No Shave November. But I haven’t given up on NaNoWriMo yet. A wood elf never quits!

Me with a beard (and fancy mustache)!

*Since you were wondering: The Dragonborn have an innate ability to soak up the powers of dragons upon slaying them.

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In solidarity with Gilly, who is participating in NaNoWriMo (also known as National Novel Writing Month, which is also, also known as National Throw Your Laptops Out the Window Month), I’ve decided to undertake a challenge of my own: No Shave November.

Throughout the month of November, while Gilly writes approximately 2000 words per day, I plan to grow approximately 2000 hair follicles per day. She will use the blank canvas of her imagination. I will use my face. (You tell me who got the short end of the stick.)

I know what you’re thinking. Patrick, that’s crazy talk. Your face can’t support that kind of constant facial growth. You’ll quit, or you’ll go crazy trying. But Gilly and I made a pact, and I’m sticking to it.*

Last shaved his face four score and seven years ago...

There are some perks to this crazy pact. It’s nearly winter, and my facial hair will help keep my face warm. I’ll be able to savor one of our delicious apple pies long after it’s been eaten. And it’s downright patriotic. After all, America has a long and proud tradition of facial hair — from handlebar mustaches to Elvis sideburns, from the classic goatee to the modern “son,  you’ve got something under your lip…”And how can I let America down in this, its hour of need? I can’t.

So what are my hopes and dreams for No Shave November?

1- I hope that by day 10 I will NOT feel as if fire ants are crawling across my face, and consequently attempt to scratch my face off.

2- I hope that by day 20 I will NOT be mistaken for a Civil War reenactor.

3- I hope that by day 30 I will NOT wake up to find possums nesting in my beard.

4- I hope that by Christmas, I WILL have the full Santa.

*Technically, I haven’t stuck to it. For work-related reasons, No Shave November began on November 3rd.

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The tagline of our blog reads: A stubborn atheist and a universe-fearing agnostic contemplate the miracle of birth. Remember when our blog was about TTC and inane baby news? Yeah, neither do we. Let’s look back…

Baby! (istockphoto)

July – September: This blog was dedicated to our naive ramblings about TTC and skeptical and horrified grumblings regarding baby-making and pregnancy secrets. Remember when I learned that aromatherapy candles and making out in an exotic locale could get a lady pregnant? Do you recall when Patrick shared a deliciously-named pregnancy side-effect called cheeseburger crotch? I look back to those months fondly. Mostly because they were warm summer months…

October: We took a break from TTC and so did our blog. We learned that we could increase our readership stats by talking about pumpkin carving, scary movies, Ron Ben-Israel from Sweet Genius, and more pumpkin carving! But we did enjoy taking a break from thinking about babies. OK, we were thinking and talking about babies and TTC quite a lot. We even revisited our baby names a couple of times! But we weren’t writing about babies. That is something!

November (Snowvember here in Western Mass): Our first post of the month is about how flipping cold it is without power. Power was restored Tuesday night at 8:30 PM (Hurray!). So where do we go from here? We are taking another month off from TTC. I am participating in NaNoWriMo this month. Patrick is participating in No Shave November (I signed him up. Hope he’s excited!). I think it is time to bring the TTC/baby-talk back. But I think we’ll mix in a little every day happenings (like NaNoWriMo and No Shave progress) too for a good, honest, and well-balanced blog.

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