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November 30th, 2009
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A winner is me
Limping over the finish line at 11:05 PM, 11/30, on the authorial equivalent of a ankle that's still a little twingy from having sprinted after stumbling on that bad footing a few corners back:


So, yeah. Sorry to gloat. I kinda need the release.

I'm glad I did the NaNo rebel thing this year, because a single 50k story would have killed me. Heavens know "The Time In Her Eye" (30k of my 50) nearly did. As it was, I had to leapfrog between two separate projects tonight to cram in those last 1500 words, and the muses are so le tired right now that I plan to avoid non-work computer time completely for about two days. I am toast. T-ō-s-t toast.

Congratulations to all my fellow NaNo finishers, and especially elynne and frameacloud, who were both hurtling into this at least partially to tackle creative blocks and have both admirably done so. Solidarity, sisters!

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From:balinares
Date:December 1st, 2009 11:03 am (UTC)
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Oh, good! :) I was a bit worried when I saw you were a bit short of 50,000 yesterday evening. It would have been a pity, after coming this far!
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From:baxil
Date:December 1st, 2009 07:11 pm (UTC)
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Yeah, I spent Thanksgiving weekend doing almost literally nothing but writing (well, that and sitting in the office trying to resurrect servers after a big storm, ecch).

I REALLY didn't want to write any more words on Monday. But I wasn't going to stop so close to the finish. "98% done" is about 100x more embarrassing than "80% done".
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From:joysweeper
Date:December 1st, 2009 12:16 pm (UTC)
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*laughs at the alttext*

The last-minute finish! Good! That's appropriately dramatic.
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From:baxil
Date:December 1st, 2009 06:53 pm (UTC)
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Glad someone noticed it! :D

The last-minute finish may have been dramatic, but I'd much rather have had the drama not all come at the end. It would have made the win seem a little more triumphant rather than leaving me too burnt to properly celebrate.
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From:jolantru
Date:December 1st, 2009 12:22 pm (UTC)
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Congrats! :)
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From:cobaltie
Date:December 1st, 2009 02:56 pm (UTC)
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Congrats! I like the 'rebel' idea, actually. I may try that next year. I've failed two NaNos in a row and didn't even try it this year, partly because I already have a novel I've been trying to snowflake (structure) over the last year or so. It's a challenge, but the only thing I've learned so far is similar to what you learned... I just don't work like that in bursts. I would get about two weeks in, lose the daily scheduling, and everything would fall apart about 25,000 words. Which was more than I'd ever written before, certainly, but it still fell apart.
There's always next year. :-}
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From:balinares
Date:December 1st, 2009 06:58 pm (UTC)
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I'd say, go for it, absolutely. To me NNWM is all about bumping up (or as the case may be, crashing hard) against your limits, and finding means to route around them one way or another. A healthy exercise, regardless of the artificial metric of your distance to 50,000, or the requirement that the form be a novel.
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From:baxil
Date:December 3rd, 2009 05:15 am (UTC)
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I would absolutely say give a "rebel" NaNo a shot -- 50,000 words of the same story gets pretty overwhelming, especially if (like me) your Inner Editor refuses to go on hiatus and pulls out the sharp snappy teeth whenever you try to violently dislodge him. There are several points midmonth where the story will just splat under its own weight, and it can take some time to pick up from there, and if you have other projects you can switch back and forth between -- or if you count snowflaking towrd the word count, or do some world building, or write a short story on one of the side characters, or refocus entirely so that you can reboot from your internal BSOD on the crashed novel -- that can actually make you more productive overall than if you pushed through. Work with your writing style, not against it.

(That having been said, I agree with balinares that NaNo-as-learning-experience-and-boundary-expansion is a REALLY valuable thing. If, however, you've already done it and learned from it, then push your boundaries in a different way.)

Anyway!

I also woulud like to say that I'm really glad you spoke up, because I had COMPLETELY forgotten who wrote scribe_rhem. "The Time In Her Eye" (this year's novella I keep mentioning) really owes you a debt of spiritual gratitude. The dream that it was based on did a maddeningly poor job of explaining how all of its bizarre elements fit together, and when I was worldbuilding its backstory into the postapocalyptic world of "the Shatter," I'm afraid that I stole subconsciously dropped in several elements of The Broken Lands. (As a homage, of course. I love reading about Rhem. I don't know if I've actually had the chance to say so yet, so if not: Good job!)
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From:cobaltie
Date:December 3rd, 2009 05:50 am (UTC)
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That makes me really happy to hear that, actually! I get so little feedback from the Rhem thing other than 'enjoying it so far', and I update so infrequently.
Broken realities in general aren't all that uncommon in fiction, but I'm glad you could stealborrow some bits of mine. :-} The Rhem thing itself is partial rambling backstory to my actual novel concept.

Hell, I stole the name Rhem from a not-very-good Myst ripoff. :-P
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From:frameacloud
Date:December 2nd, 2009 01:15 am (UTC)
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Woooh, congrats! You made it, and just in time!
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From:comingin2day
Date:December 2nd, 2009 03:16 am (UTC)
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Congratulations.!
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From:goldkin
Date:December 2nd, 2009 06:16 am (UTC)
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Congrats!

My own 50,000 words ended up as more of a spec for a novel than an actual novel -- but so it goes.

It's also worth noting that FastPencil.com is offering a free author's copy for NaNoWriMo winners, if you email them your *winner's certificate* (as in, email the PDF to nanowrimo@fastpencil.com). Not sure if they're still mailing out the coupon code for this, but it's static. ;)

From:drake [begriffli.ch]
Date:December 2nd, 2009 08:08 am (UTC)
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(To the tune of "Mah Nà Mah Nà":)

NaNoWriMo / Congratulations
NaNoWriMo / You've made it through
NaNoWriMo / Congratulations, November, December, and now a quasi-novelist is you!
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From:baxil
Date:December 4th, 2009 09:51 pm (UTC)
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Damn you, you're going to have that running through my head for most of the next week. D:
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From:kaijugirl
Date:December 3rd, 2009 03:53 am (UTC)
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Congratulations! :D I finished my own novel this year on November 29th... I was ahead, it was dangling at around 49k for almost five days, as I neglected it in favor of friends at Thanksgiving. But tis done! I love November.
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