Saturday, November 29, 2008

Veni, Vidi, Vici

I'm done with the 50,000 words.

I'm not done shaping the manuscript.

I'm not even done shaping the part I'll send to agents.

But I won NaNoWriMo.

Let me repeat: I won NaNoWriMo.

For those of you who know me, you'll understand that this is a big deal. I managed to set myself a deadline and a goal. I managed to meet it, despite the delights of procrastination promised by my day job, my social life, and my utterly delectable husband (not necessarily in that order). I managed to write 50,000 words despite the fact that I had (a) 1 out-of-town visitor (b) 10 teaching coaches camped out in my classroom (c) over 200 papers to grade and (d) an overwhelming desire to watch 3 seasons' worth of Bones in the span of two weeks.

Throw in a partridge and a pear tree, and you have it just about right!

Suddenly, anything seems possible. Maybe I can actually make a go of this writing thing, even with my hectic day job. I'll be back in a week or so to offer you up my musings on life, and where I go next. In the mean time, I am going to put up Christmas decorations and pamper my husband. (Hopefully, a week of cooking dinner will make up for all the nights he stayed clear of my writing space and subsisted on Honey Smacks...)

Thank you all for your encouragement as I tackled NaNoWriMo 2008!


Katiebabs a.k.a KB said...

Congrats on your NaNo success. I also had so much going on in my life, but was able to accomplish the 50k word count and even went passed that. I may continue on :D

Anissa said...

Congratulations! That's awesome! You should be very proud. I've never tackled NaNo, but I have huge admiration for those who do. Now take a break, maybe a nap. :)

Sam said...

You rock! And you totally deserve some time off from all things productive. Fortunately, that's what winter break is for!

Martha said...

Dude, way to go; that's awesome!

Vivi Andrews said...

Congrats! You are a rockstar! A wildly prolific rockstar.

Anneliese Kelly said...

I knew you could do it! Can't wait to read the revised ms.

I actually wrote 3 pages today--shocking. I'm hoping to revitalize my writing life this Christmas and beyond, with my fabulous critique partner as my inspiration

Holly said...

Kate that is AWESOME!!! Congrats! I knew you could do it!!!!

See, you'll be a published author before you know it and I'll be reviewing your books. =)

Alyssa Goodnight said...

Yay! BIG Congratulations! Now you can bask in your sense of accomplishment. :)

Rowena said...

Congrats, it's so cool to win those things. I won as well and I was so happy, you would have thought I won the lottery with how happy I was after this whole thing finished.