Okay, so technically it was more like 29 days and 51,094 words... but who's counting?
Ha ha. Me, obviously. And the nice people at NaNoWriMo, too. In fact, my OpenOffice document swears on a stack of Bibles that my novel is 51,787 words; I don't know what the heck the difference is between the two word count widgets, but BOY, am I glad I wrote that extra scene.
Here's some more statistics for the month of November:
Extra cups of coffee: 23
Loads of laundry done solo by The CEO, graciously picking up slack: 26
School lunches for Gaze and Taz flung into bags at the Very Last Minute Before We'll Be Late, because Mom had a hard time dragging herself out of bed: 15Pounds of food (turkey breast, ham, sweet potatoes, green beans, cranberry gelatin salad, celery sticks, and pumpkin pie) prepared for Thanksgiving, unfinished novel notwithstanding: 29
Blog entries posted, including this one: 8
Late nights: too many to count
Christmas gifts purchased: zero (Ack, better get crankin'!)
Here's the kicker: I'm not even finished. There's more story... I only got through 68% of the scenes I intended to write. The ones I did write - well, they need careful editing. It might be more accurate to say they need lopping with a chain saw, so there's still a lot of work ahead of me.
But now I know I can do it. It might take me another month (how's, oh, February? February's pretty quiet), but now I know what I'm capable of. I'm so proud of me.
NaNoWriMo 2009 Winner's Badge from nanowrimo.org. Go check 'em out, seriously.