Saturday, November 18, 2006

Staying the course

Yes, I am wrenching that phrase back from the Republician leadership. Because that's exactly what I have done this month--I wrote every naptime, even when there were a million things I wanted to do, no, NEEDED to do. Wrote through many bouts of depression (which was unexpected...I thought that the depression would go away in the throes of writing). Wrote when I was completely out of words. And I wrote regardless of mood, or inspiration, or self-confidence. Regardless of any idea of talent, or lack thereof.


I'm nowhere near done with my story (just part one, or the first of nine Greek myths I plan to weave throughout my story), but I reached my word count goal. And more importantly, I proved to myself that, even with an intransigient toddler, a busy husband, and no child care, I could write 50,000 words. Not necessarily good words--hopefully that will come in the rewriting stage. But words, nonetheless. At the beginning of the month there was nothing--now there are 118 pages for me to work with.

I stayed the course.

50,023/50,000

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Anonymous beansprout said...

Awesome! Congratulations on staying the course! Doesn't it feel good when we're able to keep our promises and commitments to ourselves. You ROCK!dy

6:06 PM, November 18, 2006  
Blogger liz elayne said...

this is fantastic. fantastic!!!
bravo to you for staying the course. and learning and working through it all.

7:04 PM, November 18, 2006  
Blogger deirdre said...

Yaaay!! Woohoo!! Hands clapping!!! I'm unbelievably impressed by what you've done.

8:25 PM, November 18, 2006  
Blogger GreenishLady said...

I'm so thrilled for you. You are an inspiration. I'm throwing confetti and rosepetals your way! Well done.

12:53 PM, November 19, 2006  
Blogger Verity said...

You are my new hero. I am bursting with pride and congratulations. Well done you!!!!!!!

2:22 PM, November 19, 2006  
Blogger la vie en rose said...

woo-hoo! i celebrate with you!

6:41 PM, November 19, 2006  
Blogger Jessie said...

holy crap, girl. congratulations!!! it's only been 18 days! you totally amaze me. i mean,*jaw drops* WOW. you ARE a greek myth...is that the mardougrrl constellation i see in the sky??
;)

7:25 PM, November 19, 2006  
Blogger Amber said...

I think that is pretty freakin' good! Yay for you! Good job. Good, good job.

:)

7:52 PM, November 19, 2006  
Blogger Cate said...

I am stomping my feet and lighting a match (think concerts!). You have accomplished something significant and amazing! I am so happy for you re: your achievement! xo

10:44 PM, November 19, 2006  
Blogger wendy said...

Ibow to your greatness...and appreciate your honesty...
you rocked it!!

11:17 PM, November 19, 2006  
Blogger Yummyteece said...

EXCELLENT job my dear! I'm deplorably behind, and just OUT Of ideas for my NaNo. So glad to hear that the writing is moving ever forward for you!

*hug* that's just incredible. Hooray! *big grin*

4:08 PM, November 20, 2006  
Blogger Laini said...

Wow wow wow! Fantastic, and way ahead of schedule! That tiny little teaser about the content - Greek myths - makes me furiously curious to read it! Good for you! (Me, not so much!)

1:49 AM, November 21, 2006  
Blogger Becca said...

You deserve a standing ovation!
As I've been working my way through this process, I've often thought how impossibly difficult it would be if you had children to contend with. You should be feeling very, very proud of yourself right now :)

Congratulations!

9:59 PM, November 22, 2006  
Blogger Alexandra G said...

This is just HUGE!! Congratulations Monica!!!!! And you have spare days to go, racing past the finish line early. I'm intrigued as well now by the teaser you have put in about what this writing project is about. I know how important this was too for you to do for yourself, a real affirmation and showing up for yourself and am really happy for you. If you were here we'd be celebrating among cupcakes!

11:30 PM, November 22, 2006  
Anonymous Marilyn said...

Your feed wasn't popping up in my Bloglines for some reason...didn't know you'd finished your NaNoWriMo project so early! Congratulations! And to do that with a wee one, too--that's quite an accomplishment. Happy Thanksgiving, you!! xoxo

5:18 AM, November 23, 2006  
Blogger Susannah said...

Congratulations! that is an incredible achievement, and so very inspiring :-) xo

10:36 AM, November 25, 2006  
Anonymous fern said...

Is it too late to chime in with my "CONGRATULATIONS!!!!!!! I KNEW YOU COULD DO IT!!!!"? I hope not. I'm SO PROUD of you!!!!!!!!!!!! That's all.

11:32 PM, November 27, 2006  
Blogger paris parfait said...

Bravo! Congrats - I knew you could do it!

6:59 PM, November 28, 2006  

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