NaNoWriMo 2008

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2005 was the first year I participated in the National Novel Writing Month, and I won. My prize was a bunch of pixels arranged in a way that showed I had written 50,000 words in a month. Twenty days, to be specific.

In 2006 I tried again, and failed, reaching only… what was it? About 35,000 words, I think. I blame my failure on getting a NaNoWriMo t-shirt and a coffee cup. Or that’s what I would say if I believed in jinxes. And I do.

In 2007 I did it again, but no oops. I succeeded in writing well over 50,000 words, and not only that, I actually finished my story, something naughty about giantesses and little men (actually, that’s what all my NaNoWriMo stories are about). Finishing stories hasn’t been something I’m proficient at. I’ve begun dozens, so reaching the middle and then the end felt pretty spectacular.

I never got around to editing it, but that’s another story.

The image above is my NaNo graph found on my profile, or the one I had all those years because I haven’t gone back to the website to refresh my account. I’m not doing it this year—writing 50,000 words—as I have no time. I’m working on building my first website and that means no time for anything else, not even this blog.

Yet I manage to post something here pretty much every day… for now, anyway.

Writing over 1,600 words every day doesn’t sound like very much, but I know how obsessed I get with the event, so that I seem possessed by whatever I’m writing and other things in my life run the risk of falling by the wayside.

Still, I feel a slight ache in my heart, and an itch in my brain, and both are telling me my fingers were waiting for November. Sorry, little digits. As Oogie Boogie said, you ain’t going nowhere.

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  1. So I never knew about this “NaNoWriMo” business, until you brought it up. How would one go about finding your 50,000 or so words on giantesses and little men from a few years ago?

    Even though I understand fully how busy one can be, and how that can curtail one’s extra-curricular activities, a little part of me is still cheering your fingers on.


  2. Oh, the NaNoWriMo business was great fun every year over at the GDC. A few of us would use our tag line to keep track of the others’ word count, and that consarned D.X. Machina would almost always be the highest. Last year we had about five people doing it, including Oz.

    Thank you for the cheer! My story is in a folder in my Mac, which of course isn’t any good to anyone. I still have to edit it before it’s ready to be shared. Any stories I share I will post links for here in my blog. I doubt I’ll get around to doing that any time early next year, but maybe by the end of it I’ll have something.

    It doesn’t get any more extra curricular than that. :(


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