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NaNoWriMo Conclusion: I Win!

NaNoWriMo Concluding Statistics: Words Written This Week: 12,695 Total Word Count: 50,129 Percentage Complete (assuming 50K words): 100%! I WIN! Chapters Written: Prologue + 22 (and part of 23) Final Week Surprises and Challenges: Based on my progress earlier this month and my determination to get this done, I never truly despaired that I was going to fail to reach 50,000 words by November 30th. But I did... read more

NaNoWriMo, Week 3

NaNoWriMo Week 3 Statistics: Words Written This Week: 11,783 Total Word Count: 37,434 Percentage Complete (assuming 50K words): 75% Chapters Written: 17 How it’s going so far: I was astonished when I realized, last Wednesday, that I had already surpassed the total number of words I’ve ever written on a novel during my previous best month (20-25K; I’ve never kept exact track, but... read more

NaNoWriMo, Week 2

NaNoWriMo Week 2 Statistics: Words Written This Week: 11,817 Total Word Count: 25,651 Percentage Complete (assuming 50K words): Just over 50%! Chapters Written: 12 How it’s going so far: I hit a couple of blocks this week. The first was on Wednesday, the day after the election. I woke up exhausted, in shock, and grieving. (I’m still experiencing those last two feelings.) It took me most of the... read more

NaNoWriMo, Week 1

I’ve always been intrigued by the idea of National Novel-Writing Month (NaNoWriMo). For those who are unfamiliar, this is a month-long event that takes place every November, in which participants challenge themselves (and each other) to write a full-length novel (50,000 words, approximately the length of The Great Gatsby) in thirty days. It’s an immensely popular event, drawing thousands of... read more

Knowing Myself Better: 9 Lessons Learned

My last day of teaching for the school year was this past Friday. I’m currently 39 weeks pregnant, and waiting for baby girl to arrive. I hope she gives me a few days to rest before she decides to enter the world! This transition has been more challenging than I’d anticipated. After all these months of preparation, I expected to be mentally ready to stop teaching. But I’m sad to be... read more

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