The Hump day that was my birthday, I had a great birthday celebration. As for the presents I had gotten one dress shirt, one Star Wars t-shirt with the character of Chewbacca in the front and a writing pad(I wished for an iPad but it wasn’t when I opened it) in a carry-case, from my sister and my three little nieces. Mum gave me a quilt for the bed and a statue of Buddha with candle holder. Of course I had plenty of my favorite alcoholic drink Guinness and I did drink safely.
After the hump day, I started slow and wrote about 1400 words. Thursday was close to 5000 words and then in the next three days I had more interruptions than a hairy goat except for the Saturday where I decide to go and play my favorite sport – Texas Hold ’em poker. Okay its not a sport but for me it is; when you play for strategy, bluffing and outwitting your opponents. In that sense I call it a sport with a nominated amount of skill with ten percent of luck. I enjoyed the Saturday game. Sunday was a recover in the morning from Saturday and in the afternoon was a visit to a friend I hadn’t seen in a while and then return home for getting back to writing. Ha that did not happen. I was in a quandary on Monday, and it was lucky that I decide to read emails and such before starting to write for Nano. Well I decided to go back to the email that I had read on the 3rd of November to give me more inspiration, it did and it got the creative juices going again. Even though it was 929 words it made my total count to be at 33,322 words. As Tuesday came I was just a little over 2000 words.
Between the 900 to 3000 words for the homeward stretch, I have climbed up further than I first thought. In my MS Word processor program the word count is 50,329 finished on Wednesday morning at 10 o’clock. Then I went to the Nanowrimo website to submit and update the word count for verification, to become the winner and I was astounded that the actual word count is 50,340.
Overview of Nanowrimo experience
Well let me explain the first time about four years ago, I was trying it out for the fun and did not know the essence of the way. Okay a newbie like me was a bit weary but I did not get to the total of the Nanowrimo experience but the achievement was an eye opener – that was 2008. The following year, I tried again and before I knew it I still reached my personal best word count of 25,000 – that year and that particular month was my worst health problem ever; had to do tests for prostrate. 2010 the year I passed on nanowrimo because I was writing for a 10000 word story to be publish was a good excuse. Oh 2009 was a year I tried for short stories to be published but none came to be published until Mothers Day of 2010. I think the experience of the 2008 and 2009 Nanowrimo made me think that short shorties and flash fiction is where I need go to create a resume or CV.
I can proudly say that I am a winner. This is my first attempt to reach a monthly goal. I now know that I can and will write a novel if I put my mind to it. Also I must say that music to listen to is a must to block out the irritable noises of birds, cars, sirens and telephones ringing. The music I listened to is from the winner of Australia’s Got Talent Winner Jack Vidgen. Okay the fourteen year old can sing and I listen to his two new songs, Yes I am and Fly and the others he sung on the show the whole month. 100 times from 9-6 each day continuous like a broken record, but this made my two to three finger typing move like a blur on the keyboard. The beat of the music makes my fingers fast, and without that for inspiration I would never have thought I would finish early.
The moment of finishing early I did not know that my body had started to play up and my arthritis on my hips has started to predict rain is coming. As I am writing this I am on the third day of pains and need to see a doctor. But I will enjoy the moment of winning my first ever Nanowrimo challenge on my third try. Hey now comes the moment of actually continuing the novel without having the overbearing umbrella of the challenge. But then again it does help with the one part of the business of being a writer, that is; writing to a time limit and to get it finish on time for a deadline.
Overall, I may be tired and sore but the whole experience has truly given me insight into my future life as a writer/author. As my favorite TV show Get Smart, Maxwell Smart would say, And Loving it. Yes I think this experience has open me to the possibilities. Of the story of what I wrote is called The Immortal Breeds(Working Title); it should have been a collection of stories but I fear it may well be a novel in its entirety. However, I might be able to reconstruct it into a collection but it might be too much work or I could just sell it as it is and see if an publisher or small press might like it. Before that I have to do an synopsis and complete the other half of the novel with another 50,000 words. As I’m writing this maybe I have a collection in mind because the first story is like a chapbook and two short stories to go. Oh boy, I just made it into a collection. I just have to change the name of the title and then see if I can get beta readers to read it. Wow its nice to sit and freely type every thought here. Well its time to leave and celebrate my win.