The time is 7:23 pm, Central Standard.

The official word count is…………………………………………………………………..50,220!!! I did it! I did it! I wrote a novel in 30 days!

Somewhat miraculously it came together in the end! My characters surprised me in tiny ways! I even have a title! I even get to go out and be social tonight, which I certainly wasn’t expecting! Cool!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Exclamation points aside, I’m hesitant to go back and read any of it, and I’m certainly hesitant to share it with anyone else. Even a synopsis here in this blog might be too much. We’ll see, okay?
To anyone who has been following along since November 1st, thank you for patiently enduring these posts. Thank you for giving me this month to write almost nothing of interest here, and instead pour any trace of creativity into my story. You are very kind, and I am very relieved to be done with this challenge. One more exclamation point for the road!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

NaNoWriMo – Day twenty-seven.

And now? Four days behind!!

NaNoWriMo – Day twenty-six.

Everyone thinks these NaNoWriMo posts are getting old, even me. Fortunately we’ve entered the final week, that is to say, by Friday at Midnight it’s all over, whether I’m ready or not. And of course I’m not. Let’s see, I’m about 3 days behind?

Anyway the point is, I’m ready to start writing about other things! I’m ready to kick this blog into high gear. I’ve been reading about ways to become a better, more widely read blog. Lot’s of talk about RSS feeds (which I admit I still don’t understand!) and pings and SEO, and also a strong urging to switch all blogging activity to WordPress. I am very hesitant, though, to leave Blogger. For what I do it seems perfectly adequate, and it is just so comfortable by now.

I do think, though, that this blog needs a face-lift. What is “Wear Four Thwart” anyway? Or “Wherefore Thou Art” for that matter. These titles are nowhere near as poignant or even as apropos as past blogs “Pacific For Now” or “Reign Blue” or even my “Diabolical Domestic Agenda” (may she forever rest in peace!) I think I’d like to launch the new blog sometime around the new year, and will probably announce it a hundred times here before, so you don’t have to worry about missing it. In case that is the kind of that keeps you up at night worrying.

NaNoWriMo – Day twenty.

Last night I had what felt like my first terrific night of writing–once again I am caught up! And such wonderful scenes! Not to sound boastful, it’s just that everything was clicking, for once. “Rarely had the words poured from my penny pencil with such feverish fluidity!” (Is it too soon to start quoting A Christmas Story?) I already feel like the second half of my book is so much better than the first half. Oh, and this whole “split novella” thing? Not so original–turns out it’s pretty much the same thing that Salinger did in Franny and Zooey, at least structurally. I don’t know why that didn’t occur to me sooner.

I ran a poll by my friends at MySpace–they didn’t know it at the time, but they were deciding the course of this story. Well, they were the voice of the people, anyway. Given seven themes, I asked them to rank them in order of interest. Here is what they, as a group, came up with:

Loneliness – 33
Faith – 31
Romance – 26
Greed – 24
Revenge – 24
Doubt – 22
Justice – 13

(Those numbers are a composite score, not individual votes.) In some ways these answers were consistent with my preexisting thematic leanings, while others were a surprise. (“Greed rules!” Really? Does it?) Probably there will be some elements of each. So, okay, that’s what I’ve got to say today.

NaNoWriMo – Day nineteen.

Oh crap. I knew it was only a matter of time before it hit, the synchronization of Thanksgiving, my comic strip deadline, and NaNoWriMo (which, by Thanksgiving I anticipate being at least two days behind if not more). Also, I’m breaking my newest rule by writing this blog before I’ve met my daily word count. Dang!

NaNoWriMo – Day seventeen.

No one reads my blog on the weekends. I am tracking these things. I know where and when you visit, friends, and in some cases I know who you are. So HA. It’s all a part of the Patriot Act, you understand.

It is almost 9 o’clock here, and I have not yet started today’s portion of writing. Not novel writing at least (I wrote a song, or half of one.) Yesterday, though, I began the second half of my split novella and I was a little bit surprised to see where it takes place! You will just have to wait patiently for that juicy little detail.

Also, I have to say that I have been enjoying the NaNoWriMo pep-talks which have been arriving weekly in my email throughout the month. They are really encouraging! Sara Gruen nailed my experience (and probably thousands of other nanoers’) on the head by writing: “If I could just drag my way through 1667 words each day, I’d sail on through the month and be the proud owner of 50,000 shiny new words. Then life got in the way.”

And if it’s not Life getting in the way, which very often it is, then it’s laziness or tiredness or overwhelmedness if that is a word at all. It is a very unnatural act for a person to type 50,000 words in a month, I’ve come to realize. It goes against human nature. But enough, all I’m doing right now is procrastinating anyway. New rule: no more blogging until that day’s quota has been met. Starting now!

NaNoWriMo – Day fifteen.

Halftime, and the score is…..25,040 words! I caught up!

I also killed off my first character, and killed my plot. That is to say, I wrapped it up (it was done). My novel is to become a “split novella” (patent pending) (Hmm… did someone say “patent”? Could that be a clue to what this so-called novel is about??) and I will start the second half tomorrow with renewed vigor and a mostly-clean slate.

Morale is high on this ship, yes. I really thought I might be reporting a disappointing early retirement. Not yet, anyway.

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