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.




Giveway to Say Thank You!

A lot’s been going on the past couple months, and although I haven’t been able to share the majority of it with you, the amount of support I’ve received has been absolutely outstanding.

So, to say thank you for sticking with me through all my cryptic busyness (along with the fact that THIS IS OUR 200TH POST OHMYGOSH), I’ve decided to do a giveaway! My critique partners are all in the midst of receiving gift bags from me to thank them for editing Cadence, and now you have the opportunity to win one of these fun lil’ bags as well.

Thank You Giveaway 2013

Inside you’ll find a roll of Golden Oreos (my go-to cookie, since I’m allergic to chocolate), a TY Beanie Baby puppy who’s just begging for a good home, and a $10.00 gift certificate to Barnes & Noble to spend on the fabulous book of your choosing.

Sound like a good deal? Enter to win below! (The giveaway will run from 12:00 AM EST, Tuesday, September 17th through 12:00 AM EST Monday, September 23rd. Read the full terms and conditions linked in the widget for more details.)

Click me for the giveaway!

Thanks again for all the support, and good luck in the giveaway!