Tuesday, December 1, 2009

Epic Fail

As you can probably tell from the headline, I did not complete my 50,000-word novel by the deadline of November 30. In fact, I only wrote 23,018 words (less than half!) and didn't even get to the plot part of the story. I'm trying to not get down on myself about it, reminding myself that my writing methods do not lend themselves to such an attempt, and congratulating myself on some excellent and terribly thorough character development; but I am nevertheless extremely disappointed and more than a little irked.

Mostly I'm irked about the time. I didn't get as much time to spend on this project as I'd hoped. There are so many calls on my time and energy; and then there's the need to concentrate on the writing without interruption, and such circumstances don't often present themselves when I am surrounded by people asking me questions and asking me to do things and asking me to go places or just chattering in the background.

But this is my life, so I take what I can get. I wouldn't like it if I had nobody depending on me, so I can't really complain if those people won't leave me alone.

At any rate, I'm grateful to NaNoWriMo for the inspiration to create this story; I'm going to keep working on The Math Teacher's Dead, but I am going to take a break from it for a few days to clear my head. I think I might move it over to a blog, as I did with Worst Luck, or just keep working in Google Docs for the time being... the latter is much more convenient for accessing from different places, but makes a rather unattractive web-page when you publish.


Well, in this space I was going to share with you all the other exciting (or at least amusing) things going on in my life... but there isn't anything. That book was my only pastime. Maybe now I'm not under the gun, I can think and breathe a little better.

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