Sunday, November 30, 2008
Yeah, that’s right, I said it. Uncle. It is – unbelievably, the 30th day of November and that translates to the last day; nay – the last few moments of National Novel Writing Month are upon us. Time waits for no novelist. To claim victory for NaNoWriMo, a writer has to pass the finish line by midnight on 11/30/08 with a word count of 50,000 words. My particular NaNo, “The November Project”, clocks in at 19,172 so far; that’s 30,828 words too short to claim victory.
Such is life.
I will not trouble you with excuses. You either have 50K or you don’t. So I will not even go there. I won’t begin to tell you of the emergencies at work, the Wednesday night Bible studies, the Thursday night choir practices, the unfortunate discovery of a social networking site, and the, ever-present, things I must do to pass go list. No, I will not stoop so low. Someone once said concerning excuses, “Your friends don’t need them and your enemies will never believe them.” Such behavior would be beneath me. I’m a writer after all.
What to do? WHAT TO DO?
I gotta tell ya, I’ve really liked the progress that the characters have made thus far. They are still speaking to me and, therefore, I don’t mind recording what they are saying to me on my word processor. I’ve got about six solid chapters and I want to complete their story.
You know, I think I will. Hey, why not?
So there we have it. The tenth anniversary of NaNoWriMo was not a crossing of the finish line for yours truly but it was, as always, a joy. I still highly recommend you joining NaNoWriMo next year, Gentle Reader. As I have said in the past, misery loves company.
Look out November 2009 – I’m coming for YOU!