NaNoWriMo: 2012 Winner!

Is it silly for holding so dear this little icon of recognition? I’m officially a NaNoWriMo: 2012 Winner!

Of course not, no sillier than the little stars we stuck on our tally cards. Those small shiny rewards were surprisingly motivating.

Here I am with my WriNoShore Tally Card. See the shiny stars?



There are five days left, still plenty of time to get those word counts in. Just keep writing!

NaNoWriMo: 2012 Goal!

Last Sunday, I hit the fifty-thousand word mark for NaNoWriMo: 2012, an imagined announcer screeching “Goal!” in my head. I accepted the accolades and congratulations of my fellow WriNoShores, attached our coveted glittery stars to the tally card and then…thud.

As satisfying as it was to reach that 50k I was also left feeling a bit let down. No longer struggling to keep up, or reach my daily word count, I feel a bit like an outsider at the write-ins. It’s not that any of my fellow writers are shunning me but I no longer feel like one of them. I can’t joke around about getting distracted, neglecting my spouse, or having to stay up late. I can peruse Pinterest, shop on Amazon, read every tweet in my Twitter feed—all without the repercussion of running behind in my word count.

Not that I’d trade positions. Let’s not be silly, I like being done early for my own sake. It’s nice heading off to our Thanksgiving Weekend away knowing I won’t have to excuse myself to get a few hundred words out. But it’s not like I’m done with my story. This is when the reality of being a full-time writer hits hard. Reaching one goal is nice, but a new goal looms. I actually have to finishing this storyline-or as much of it as possible by November 30th. As interesting as this story is, my priority is finishing last years NaNoWriMo, The Illusion of Marriage, which is my most complete novel, the one I’m pinning my hopes of publishing on.

So while I will be enjoying a few days off, I’ll be right back at it next week,  pounding away at those keys, cheering on, cajoling, and cracking that whip, urging my fellow WriNoShores on to reach their goals.

Happy Thanksgiving Everyone!


NaNoWriMo 2012: So Close!

The minute it was out of my mouth I knew I was tempting fate,”I should be hitting 5ok Saturday.” Oh, NaNoWriMo 2012: So close! I could almost taste it. But by days end the count is 47434.

Well, sure I could have, and would have made it to 50k today had I not woken Friday with a killer headache and day one of whatever virus had felled my youngest daughter early in the week. Head pounding, joints aching, I barely made it downstairs to the couch. There I lay for the next six or so hours until my family returned from school and work and took pity on me fixing me up with a few cups of strong tea.

I managed to rally around eight o’clock feeling much better but mainly driven by the promise to make chili and a chocolate cake for those who were coming to our big Saturday write-in. Good thing I came through—we had eleven writers toiling away at the Hamilton/Wenham library from 10 to 3:45 today.

Many words were written. Stars were awarded—who knew grown-ups could be motivated by little shiny stars? What’s really amusing to me is how grossed out some of them were when I explained how we’d line up at the teacher’s desk at the end of day and they would lick the red, blue, gold or silver foil stars to affix them to our foreheads. We’d run home so proud of ourselves, showing them off to our mothers and grandmothers.

With less than three thousand words to go I’m almost positive I’ll be hitting that 50k thresh hold at the Barnes and Noble Peabody write-in tomorrow. Or famous last words?