As I sit typing this post I am listening to the glorious sound of 114 pages that I wrote being printed off at this very moment. That’s right folks I did it. This morning at 11:36 a.m. Pacific time I completed my ‘book’ at 50,250 words! Admist much cheering by me, and undoubtably a sigh a relief from my children who were probably wondering if they would ever have a mom again 😉 (Just kidding I really didn’t neglect them – THAT much anyway, heh) I raced of to the shower for the first time this month. HA! No – I decided a few more hours of stink wouldn’t be that bad so I raced off to dock my laptop and print the sucker out. I want to hold that stack of papers in awe and say “That’s all mine – I WROTE all that.”
Then I’ll toss it aside probably until after the baby comes and begin thinking about the editing process next spring sometime.
So why did I do it? Sometimes I honestly wondered – I mean was it a waste of time. But the marvelous feeling of accomplishing something I have never done before and always talked about is immense. I don’t know that I ever thought I would ever actually do it until I found out about NaNoWriMo and the gauntlet was thrown down. I am not one to refuse a challenge. So no my reward is an incredible feeling of accomplishment and a stack of papers to boot. 🙂
The journey was not easy my friends with almost 10 non writing days coming a few before and after Thanksgiving I had my challenge ahead of me as I closed in this last week. I had my plan all laid out and set before me. Then on Monday Evening Emily got sick and threw-up. Tuesday evening Jacob caught the bug. By Wednesday I was down for the count. After sleeping nearly all day while the kids fended for themselves, buried beneath a pile of blankets to try to keep the chills away, puking my brains out, and feeling miserable with a fever I almost gave up on the idea all together. Thursday dawned and I actually managed to hold something down – and didn’t have to clean up anyone else’s vomist at well. The final dash to the finish line began and as I increasinly began to feel better I began to write more. Today I feel GOOD – and I am ready to celebrate my success with real food and CHOCOLATE!
So, I shall go and care for my children, do my laundry, clean my house, and take that long awaited shower (I really have showered numerous time this week and month). 🙂 Don’t be surprised if you see a picture of a stack of papers soon – you know what that will be. 🙂
And here is my stack of papers – excuse the dorky flower, I was playing around and the picture with the flower is what happened to turned out the best…
And lastly a copy of my esteemed certificate: