Sunday, November 29, 2009



All right. Got that out of my system. WINNER. Sorry, needed to be said. At 50,073 words (according to the NaNoWriMo counter; I would've won 200 words ago according to MS Word which has apparently been lying to me this whole time), I have won NaNoWriMo 2009. A day early, in fact. I just put my nose to the grindstone and got about 3,000 words today instead of the normal 1,667. Do I feel good? YES. I feel like I could fly. I feel like I could jump out of my window and FLY. I won't do that, because feelings can be DECEIVING, but the broken bones are not when I come to my senses. 

I have now, believe it or not, crossed one thing off on my bucket list. Two, technically. One was to participate in NaNoWriMo, and the other was to win. I never thought I would win on my first try! I think my thoughts are too scrambled to have a good blog post. So, some other things to do before I die:

1) Move to Seattle. I spent three glorious days in this city two summers ago, and I'm pretty sure we're soulmates. Me and Seattle. Seattle and me. Someone asked me the other day if my reason for this is because I would be closer to Forks (and vampires). I was totally offended! yeah, not really, but on principle, yes. My reasons are much better than that. Well, firstly, Seattle is ranked #1 on the NaNoWriMo regions. It also has seafood and pretty rain (not gross rain, pretty rain). Furthermore, Owl City has a song called Hello, Seattle. There's no song called Hello, Bloomington-Normal or Hello, Champaign-Urbana. Admittedly, the latter two do not roll off the tongue as easily, but small details aside, SONGS THEY DO NOT POSSESS. Therefore, Seattle is better.

2) Learn to para-glide. This is self-explanatory, right?

3) Become a published author. On the way. I am on the way!

4) Be Libba Bray* minus the glass eye, because happily, I have both of my eyes. You might say that this is a ridiculous goal, but you, my friend, would be wrong. This is a completely non-ridiculous goal. I can totally become white, move to New York City, complete goal #3, and develop a phobia of dolls. Also, then I would be able to move into the YA author mansion and have sleepovers in J.K. Rowling's wing. It will happen one day.**

I have a lot of goals, but:

5) Win NaNoWriMo.


Yay also to greenconverses who won too! I wouldn't have signed up for NaNoWriMo by myself. I mean, who would I have complained to for a whole month?

Thanks for listening to my drivel about NaNo for the month of November. And an extra YAY for everyone who participated in this month of insanity!

*Author of "A Great and Terrible Beauty" etc. In case you didn't know, but I don't know how that would be possible since, EVERYONE KNOWS LIBBA BRAY.

**Okay, really, I am not that much of a stalker, so if Libba Bray & co. ever read this, please do not stick a restraining order on me or report me for identity theft.

PS I have a cool award, and I will post about it later when I am more coherent.


  1. Yay for defeating Nano!

    *throws confetti and cookies*
    Congratulations! Did you finish the story completely?

  2. Woo-hoo to you! I finished, too, and find it hard to believe. I may actually have been para-gliding when I hit that validate button--it felt like it. ;)

  3. Yay! It's celebration time!

  4. Wow, congrats!!! I don't know how you managed it while also being in college. November was always a tough month for me. Amazing!

    Cookies all around!

  5. Congrats! And YA author house??? Going to check that out right. now.

  6. CONGRATULATIONS! Hmm...I think #1 on my bucket list might be to make an actual a bucket list...

  7. Gracias, everybody!

    Danyelle - I'm thinking the story's going to go on for another 20,000ish words, but I'm taking a couple days break. :-)

  8. Congratulations!

    I never doubted it... you're one of the most prolific writers I know.

    I want to be Libba Bray, too, lol!

  9. Yay! Much belated congratulations. Congratulations also for being a reasonable person, keeping up with your daily goal, and finishing by writing three thousand words on Sunday, as opposed to, say, fifteen thousand on Monday. =]