I won, I won, I won!

Well, the story isn’t over, but I reached my 50K for NaNoWriMo, and I am way too please with myself. Excuse me, where is the fanfare? Where’s the confetti? Where is the champagne?

But now comes the hard part–putting the thing together in a coherent form. Ha! But I don’t do NaNo to say I’ve done and wait til next year to do it again. For better or for worse, I write these things to become a published author. I realize that publication is emphemeral, that it won’t solve my problems or wash away my insecurities or get me into the cool kids club or stave off death or have wishes delievered to my mailbox every morning. I know. But just because something isn’t everything, doesn’t mean it isn’t worth pursuing. And I don’t care how long it takes, how many phone calls I don’t return, how many papers I forget to grade, how much sleep I lose, I am going to finish the book and search, again, for an agent. So there.

I’ve got 50,454 words and a story I love. It won’t change my life, but it will make me happy (and when I say happy–I mean exactly that kind of happiness that is fleeting but all the same it is so grand to feel when you briefly catch hold of it). Sweet dreams to me. la-la-la-di-da-la…

9 thoughts on “I won, I won, I won!

  1. POP!!!! That’s the champagne bottle and I’m pouring the bubbly for you.


    What I really liked reading is that you are pleased with your story. That is absolutely fantastic. Work that baby!

    I’m very impressed and awed. This is not an easy accomplishment.

  2. Yay YOU!
    I’m so happy for you!
    Congratulations and I second what SBW said – feeling pleased with what you’ve got is a beautiful thing.
    (and I know I went on about the way publication doesn’t cure writing angst…but I also have NO DOUBT that if you pursue getting published the way you’ve embraced writing, it WILL happen for you.)


    Your comment about the sentence that could not be written inspired me to write that chapter that was sticking in my throat for so long. THANK YOU. For your glorious Nano performance and for your help to me personally, I want to give you a Bookbeast. Let me know which one ruffles your skirt.

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