NaNo Day 3: Just Keep Swimming

Sorry today’s post is coming to you so late! Tuesdays are my longest day of the week, with classes, work, and meetings back to back from around 9:30 AM until 9:30 PM.

With that in mind, I haven’t scheduled any NaNo writing for today (or, you know, any Tuesday for the rest of the month). I don’t have any homework left to do tonight though, so I might sneak in a little writing after this post. (Or, based on the fact that I fell asleep during the screening for one of my film classes tonight, it might be good just to go to bed?) (Eh. Who needs responsibility.)

Yesterday I didn’t manage to finish my homework until around 11:00 PM, so I only got about 1,300 words written before I conked out. A lot of those words showed up on the page while I was half asleep so, like, fingers crossed they’re at least in English? I’m afraid to look.

Anyway, what all this means is that I’m currently still just under three thousand words behind where I wanted to be at this point. It’s only Day 3, so I’m choosing to be optimistic. There’s still a lot of November to go. But in the meantime, I’m going to just hang in here and try to get to a point when I’ll have the time (and energy) to catch up.

Anyone else at a similar place? I have a feeling this is a good time for us to take a very smart person fish’s advice.

Goal for Today: 0 + 3,000 (from Sunday)

Overall Goal: 6,000.

Current Word Count: 3,359


NaNo Day 30: If You Can’t Find a Door, Find an Ax

Well, look at that. Saturday, November 30th, 2013. The last day of November.

The last day of NaNoWriMo and writing a blog post every day.

I spent yesterday Christmas shopping, working on a study abroad application, hanging out with family, and slogging my way through homework (I’m halfway done with my genetics term paper!). Today it’ll be more of the same, then I’m back to school for holiday shenanigans and finals.

It’s crazy how fast this semester went, especially this month. I swear it was just the first day of November and I was spazzing about how I was going to be able to get everything done this month (although, let’s be honest, I’m still spazzing a little, because FINALS).

Somewhere on the internet this week (I can’t remember where, unfortunately) someone posted a phrase along the lines of “If you can’t find a door, find an ax.” Pushing through the rough patches with both NaNo and school this month have definitely been an exercise in that principle. Sometimes the only way out is through, and the only way through is by finding your own way, rather than following the preassigned mold.

Thanks for sticking with me throughout November. Both remembering and making time to post every day got tricky sometimes, but reading your comments made it a lot easier. This was a fun adventure, and it’s going to feel really weird when I wake up tomorrow and realize I don’t have to worry about posting every day anymore. Kind of nice, kind of sad, and all around just very weird.

I love you. You rock. Thank you.

Let’s do it again sometime?

day 30


Final NaNo word count: 51,128.

Final blog post tally: 30.

Final level of happy-I-did-this: immeasurable.