Friday, November 2, 2012

NaNoWriMo 2012: Kick-Off Party & Progress

So, I gotta say, NaNoWriMo is off to a good start this year. Well, for me anyway--poor Matt's got a lot of overtime at work, but is still trying to participate with very little time to do so. The daily word goal for finishing 50k in 30 days is about 1,667 per day. So far, my word count for the first two days only is 3,895! So far, I'm a couple of hundred words per day ahead of schedule and while I'm tempted to say that won't last for long, I'm trying my hardest to be optimistic that I'll hang in there and stay a couple hundred (or more) words ahead.

I think things are working out so well so far because I got off to a good start. I went to the local NaNoWriMo kick-off party and had a really good time. I wasn't able to stay long, I left about 1:00 a.m. to take Matt lunch and then had to go to Wal-Mart, so I wasn't able to get back around to the party again. But, I since I got there at about 10:00 p.m., I got to stay a good three hours.

And the picture above is of me and my NaNoWriMo goodie bucket. The ML for our region got us all little metal buckets filled with goodies and got stuff to decorate them. So, while we waited for the stroke of midnight, when we'd all turn into pumpkins... or something like that... we worked on that. The other side of my bucket says "NaNoWriMo" and has more foam heart stickers. Creative, I know, but it was actually quite fun! And you know, I'm pretty proud of myself. Not only is it a pretty good picture of me, but it proves, to me and everyone else, that I sucked up my (profound) fear and went to the party. I went out, alone, in the middle of the night, to a perfect stranger's house, to share in one of my crazier hobbies (NaNoWriMo) with others who do the same. I gave my anxiety, and the intense feeling of nausea, and the uncontrollable shaking the finger and went out and had fun. Go me.

What was nicest, though, was meeting a few of the other locals who also do NaNoWriMo and finding out there're events throughout the month. I'm not certain how many of them I'll make, but I'm going to try to make a few more at least. I feel like having a social environment during NaNoWriMo could be a pretty productive thing, so I wish I could make it to all of them, but that's just not possible with Matt's schedule being what it is. He's working 84 hours in the next 7 days, and when we factored it, we'll only see one another about 20 hours in the same period of time. So, I can't see my way to going out and away from him in the very few hours we have together, especially since his working 84 hours in 7 days means that I'll be alone for 84 hours in the next 7 days. Boo.

It should, though, give me a lot of alone time to work on my novel. That's not a bad thing, since when Matt and I are together we tend to take up one another's time. When he's home, I want (generally) to spend time with him. He feels the same, so we tend to blow everything else off in favor of time together. Eshewing other activities isn't a good thing during NaNoWriMo, though I'm proud of us because today, when we got up we got right to work writing together. Of course, that pride has also made me feel a bit depressed and empty because the few hours we had together today were spent not saying a word to one another. Double boo.

So there you have it. NaNo is going well, the NaNo kick-off party was quite fun, and I had a good time. Nothing more to say, so for now I'm going to go add to that word count. I'm thinking 8k by the end of the weekend (har har... I'm such an optimist sometimes!). Good night.