Well, sad to say, it’s time to face the NaNoWriMo music. Cue up the Rolling Stones. Tiiii-iiii-iiii-ime is not on my side.
Not even close.
Let’s do the math, shall we?
Some diehards might say this is perfectly doable, but since I happen to enjoy the finer things in life like sleeping, eating, and going to the bathroom so this is not going to be happening this year.
Now, as an adult who is psychologically mummified in Band-Aids from life’s scrapes and bruises, this isn’t as much of an issue as when I was a kid.
Nonetheless, it’s still a little deflating.
(If you ask Boo’s second grade teacher, it’s absolutely not. She forbids them to erase. They’re 8, and they are not allowed to fucking erase. Believe you me, I asked her about this point-blank during parent-teacher conferences, and the answer was, “I just want them to get their thoughts down. There’s no time for erasing and making things look nice and perfect.” With that, I swore I heard my father, a mechanical engineer who I absolutely inherited my perfectionistic tendencies from, rolling in his grave.)
So NaNo has been tough for me because it has been really hard to just write without editing. Case in point: I’m the most pleased with the three excerpts I’ve shared, and those have been subject to a wee bit of editing and tweaking on my part, which is a big no-no in NaNo. Still, I’m glad I tried and I’m pretty pleased with having cranked out 57 pages. That’s 57 pages and 18,180 words more than I had on Halloween.
To all those who finished (or who will most likely do so), I extend my most sincere congratulations. It’s a tremendous accomplishment and you should be proud.
And to the ones like me who won’t be finishing by the stroke of midnight, you’ve got company. Time may not be on your side … but for what it’s worth, I’m right there with you.
(photo taken by me in June 2009 at a Chuck E Cheese birthday party)
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