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I knew I could...

And so I have done:

Final Word Count: 50,657

If I wasn't so tired, I'd put in more words tonight, because the story isn't done, but I have accomplished the 50K required, and now I can go back to writing as it strikes me, rather than every second I'm awake and not busy around the house.

I actually got over 50,000 this morning, before I went to work, and felt much better about my purple "Winner!" bar and was able to relax (yes, I stress about foolish things). I came home this afternoon in the driving rain (the rain was the only thing in Phoenix that was "driving." People on the streets were doing other things, I'm not sure what), to find that our idiot dog had pushed open the back door. This was all right, since no one ELSE had come in, so I just put him in his crate, and THEN I noticed he'd helped himself to the candy dish, and eaten ALL of the chocolate shortbread cookies from Trader Joe's and a goodly number of chocolate liquor bottles... still in their shiny metal wrappings. Not unsurprisingly, dog was later quite sick... one thing about it, though, the dog barf smelled like chocolate and alcohol rather than, well, dog barf. He probably had what he thought was the Best Day Ever.

Better still, the cats were still inside, because they, too, didn't want to be out in the rain. (Well, Silhouette was on the front porch in one of the chairs, waiting for me to get home and let him in.)

Now I have to study for the next insurance exam, and I have to get back to the gym, and I can start actually reading the paper and my Flist again (I was backed up almost a whole month on the NY Times; I tried to read my usual frothing-at-the-mouth liberal commentators, but I couldn't focus, so I've missed a lot of Frank Rich and Maureen Dowd.

On the other hand, I can also start reading at home again; just reading in my lunch hour, I've managed to finish Pilate's Wife and most of In Cold Blood, making headway on my "I need to read this" pile of books.

And now I'm going to bed.


( 19 comments — Leave a comment )
Dec. 1st, 2007 05:27 am (UTC)
Go you!!!!

My mind just boggles at the prospect of trying to write 50,000 words in a month... heck, nowadays I'd have a hard time with 5,000.
Dec. 1st, 2007 05:07 pm (UTC)
And in this VERY busy month, I'm really surprised and pleased I did it, too!


Dec. 1st, 2007 05:28 am (UTC)
Congratulations! On the book, obviously. The barfing dog, not so much.
Dec. 1st, 2007 05:09 pm (UTC)
It's just a talking-heads love story, "scenes-from-a-life," so I don't think it'll actually go anywhere as a fantasy novel, but I enjoyed writing it and I'll enjoy finishing it, and maybe someday (ha ha) if I ever have fans, they might enjoy it as more information on my characters. *g*
Dec. 1st, 2007 05:30 am (UTC)
yay to you. congrats
Dec. 1st, 2007 05:09 pm (UTC)
And you, too!
Dec. 1st, 2007 08:04 pm (UTC)
Dec. 1st, 2007 05:53 am (UTC)
Congrats on breaking through!
Dec. 1st, 2007 05:09 pm (UTC)
Dec. 1st, 2007 06:55 am (UTC)
Hurray on Nano! Boo about dog barf.

After I took my shower, Dickens decided to knock poo from his litterbox onto the carpet and then wipe his butt on the carpet for good measure. Sigh. Stoopid creatures. Why do we have them?
Dec. 1st, 2007 05:10 pm (UTC)
Cats and critters, they live to make us crazy (and then they cuddle, so we keep 'em).

Dec. 2nd, 2007 02:16 am (UTC)
Yep, it's the cuddling, the cuteness, and the mind control purring that does it. DDarn 'em. Is Sam recovered today? No other effects of his chocolate binge?
Dec. 2nd, 2007 06:05 am (UTC)
Oh, he's fine. No troubles at all, and back to trying to get to things he's not allowed to have.

Dec. 2nd, 2007 06:46 am (UTC)
In other words, he's a dawg.

My sinuses have finally drained and I have a heated Back Buddy wrapped around my aching neck. I was not feeling perky this evening. Sorry. :-(
Dec. 3rd, 2007 01:48 am (UTC)
You're allowed to take a weekend night to just relax. Have Dickens sit on you and have some hot tea.

Dec. 3rd, 2007 07:13 am (UTC)
Dickens has been very snuggly. I'm much better as long as I keep taking antihistamine/decongestant. Plus the kink in my neck finally cracked tonight. I like rainy weather, but I guess it doesn't like me.
Dec. 1st, 2007 12:08 pm (UTC)
Congratulations! And may Sam recover soon.
Dec. 1st, 2007 05:11 pm (UTC)

He seems recovered. He coughed up a little more liquor and chocolate with wrapper, but seems fine now. He was a little dehydrated in the night (not surprisingly), but he's bouncing around just fine now.
Dec. 2nd, 2007 02:17 am (UTC)
Drinking liquor will do that to you. ;-P
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