"Friendship is born at that moment when one person says to another, 'What! You too? I thought I was the only one.'" ~ C. S. Lewis

Tuesday, November 30, 2010

And There was Great Joy and Rejoicing (and a lot of sleep)

Yup! That's right! I did it! All the way, right until the last day, but well before midnight :D

I have a grand total of

51,356

words and a full rough draft. Of course there are GAPING plot holes and a number of things that have to change completely because I discovered things (like the fairy godmother's role) as I went along.

But I have a story arc and I discovered SO many things about this story that wouldn't have happened the same way if I hadn't had to just push through and keep writing. A lot of good things.

You bloggy and Twitter people are totally what kept me going.

A random conversation on Twitter led me to a MAJOR plot change, that turned into the catalyst for the climax of the story. Gnomes FTW!

I would like to give a giant thanks to Lindsey aka Dangerous with a Pen and Darby Karchut for being what felt like my own personal cheerleaders. You two commented on pretty much every random post I threw up over this crazy month and I do believe that it is time to reveal the NaNo cheerleader costume, Lindsey *wink wink* Thank you so much for believing that I could do it!

That goes for all of you *group hug!*

I also started playing with Wordle. Mostly now as a treat to myself for having finished. Here are some of my favorites to share with you.


 Um, yes, my main characters are Layla, Tavares and Erandell. How did you guess?




 I like how this one kind of looks like a tree!


And that's a wrap! Now I put my novel aside for a few weeks so I can do real life stuff and survive the end of the semester. At least, that's the plan. I have a feeling it's going to keep whispering at me until I play with it :D

Congrats to all of you that finished! And to all of you that attempted! I didn't even come close last year, but I felt so proud of the work I did, knowing it was more than I would have written without NaNo!
See you in December!

9 comments:

Jemi Fraser said...

Woohoo!!!!!! Congratulations! :) Love to see so many winners this year! It's so exciting to have a draft you can work with. I 'won', but I still have a little bit to go before the story is done. :)

Tracy said...

Congratulations on finishing! I attempted, but was a NaNoWriMo Drop out; you can read about it on my blog!
However, I admire you for your accomplishment!

Dangerous With a Pen said...

WahooOOOOooooOOOOOooooooOOOO!!!!

You know Tim Curry and I are totally cheering for you.

Ok, I am jumping around in my crazy goth NaNo cheerleader getup and Timmy is standing there with his arms crossed and his eyes rolled, scoffing at me in his butlery way. Pshaw. I totally fingerspell Dangerous remarks behind his back.

I'm so happy for you! What an incredible accomplishment, especially with all you have going on.

Rejoice and be merry! And GNOMES! I hope to read it one day!

Falen (Sarah Ahiers) said...

Yay for you!
I also love wordle and cannot wait for me to finish the novel so i can throw it in and see what pretty word pic i get back out

Darby Karchut said...

Oh, well done! You are a champion! Yahoooooo!!!

RosieC said...

Congratulations! Nothing says NaNo like gaping plot holes and a cup full o' revision, right?

Love your word clouds :)

Naomi Ruth said...

I want to read your Gnome story! I love me a good gnome. Mmm... Gnomes. But not for eating. That's not what I meant.

Yay for you finishing! Here is a brownie. *hands lump of chocolatey goodness*

Blam said...


Congratulations, Rebecca!

Hmm... So I'm guessing that Wordle creates artistic word clouds based on frequency of usage? It looks cool.

DWAP: I am jumping around in my crazy goth NaNo cheerleader getup

You are one weird chick, DWAP.

[Count] "One! That is one weird chick! Ah-ah-ah!" [/Count]

DWAP.

DWAP DWAP DWAP.

Le mot de vérification: generoget — How to clone the thesaurus dude.

Autumn said...

So I just clicked on this and then saw all the word boxes.

You weren't kidding! Mucho fun.

I shall catch up at another time but gingerbread houses are calling. Well, the siblings attached to them are.

vw: spalingle - an elf from "Santa Claus is coming to Town"