November 2013


I did it! It was quite a struggle, but I made it. And this time it’s a novel that’s worth working on.

After having a well-deserved rest catch up with washing, ironing, etc. for a day or two, I’m going to start on it. Hooray!

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No time to blog, but I had to tell you I’ve just about caught up.

Nano2013pic2Only 3 days left. I might just make it!

Day 10 and – amazingly – I’m still on target. This is what it looks like:

Nano 2013 stats, day 10

This is what it looked like last year:

FinalStatsBy day 10 I was beginning to fall behind.

I hope I can keep this up. As usual, I’m not sure I have enough to say to reach 50,000.

Not yet three o’clock on day 1 and I’ve reached my target for today.

Wait a mo while I pat myself on the back.

But that was day 1. I knew exactly what I wanted to write, so I just went ahead and wrote it – not exactly straight through from beginning to end, because I never write like that. When I reached the end of chapter 1, I went back and padded it out. If anyone says that’s not how you’re supposed to do NaNo, I’ll say: hard luck, that’s how I’m doing it.

What about the other days? What’s going to happen when I get to the sticky middle and can’t decide how to continue? I don’t know. I’ll cross those stepping stones when I come to them. If I fall off, I’ll just climb back on.

In Kyoto Heian Shrine gardens

In Kyoto Heian Shrine gardens

In the meantime, I’m happy. 🙂

Hope you are, too.