National Novel Writing (Quitter) Month

Frick. My camera is all the way upstairs and I keep sitting down at my laptop and thinking, “This post could really use a picture” and then my camera is still upstairs because I was probably thinking about laundry or something when I walked downstairs last time when what I should have thinking about was what the heck I was supposed to remember!

And that? Is just about how my day has been going. Just one big brain cloud that follows me around wherever I go.

It’s not my fault, really. This has already been an incredible month, and it’s only half over. It started out with a project that I thought would preclude me from doing NaNoWriMo. Then, I finished that project early and started NaNo two days late. I was coasting along, really gaining momentum when BAM! ANOTHER PROJECT, this one even bigger than the first one and with little to no warning.

To add stress to projects, I hosted Thanksgiving at my house last weekend for my side of the family. Just me, a 19 lb turkey, 14 hungry mouths, and a small mountain of bread dough. It went really well (and by really well I mean the food was all hot and finished at the same time, everyone had enough to eat, and everyone got along) but I think I only sat down twice the whole evening.

In the midst of this maelstrom of cholesterol, my poor NaNo novel has been sitting on my hard drive, abandoned and stuck at a perpetual 14,843 words. I had finally caught up to where my word count was supposed to be when I got derailed by my GIGANTIC PROJECT.

I haven’t touched it in a week. As prolific as I can sometimes be, I doubt that even I can finish NaNo with a nine day deficit. It’s okay, this novel will get finished in December maybe. Or January. Heck, let’s go crazy and say maybe even February!

In the meantime, I’ll be over in the corner trying to console myself that I’m not a failure just because I didn’t finish NaNo this year. And yes, “console myself” is just code for eating chocolate. Talk therapy is cool and all, but chocolate is way cheaper.

7 thoughts on “National Novel Writing (Quitter) Month

  1. Not a quitter. NaNoWiMo just doesn’t allow for other LIFE time requirements. And I’m seriously impressed you managed to make up your starting deficit in the time you were able to put in before LIFE stuck a fork in the project.

  2. I am right there with you Erika! Actually no, not even with you… I am way behind you with the 271 words I wrote on day 1. I will probably write a bit more (we’re attending a couple big write ins) but I’m really not even trying. I’m sad about it (more sad about not really participating than about not winning) but oh well. I managed 26k when Gwena was a newborn, but with a 2 year old AND a newborn… it’s just not happening this year. I could get quite a few words in if I wrote while nursing, but honestly I just don’t want to stress out about it!

  3. -Kelly, Ooooh, have fun at the write ins! I’ve always wanted to go to one :) Good for you for still giving NaNo a shot with your busy family. You’re my hero :)

  4. I don’t know what your GIGANTIC PROJECTS are, but they sound like better (as in more satisfying) than my excuses. Anyway, I have even fewer words, but I decided I will just keep going, whether or not it leads to a win. I could recommend the same. But ff there’s a more lucrative writing project for you, that’s another story.

  5. -Txtingmrdarcy, LOL, I love your digital pom-poms!!!

    -DC, Nah, nothing’s better than a good excuse, and besides, your excuses are like, “I have to drive an ambulance to go pick up babies” and “I’m a super successful professional”. Those excuses will not be trumped. Keep going!!!

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