I DID IT!!! I DID IT!!!
I cannot tell you how absolutely thrilling is is to have accomplished 50,000 words in one month. For my trouble, I got a little purple bar on my NaNoWriMo.org author profile (SayreSmiles), the right to display this pretty little banner on my blog:
I also get to download and print out a certificate of completion and fill in my own name! I'm allowed to hang it on my wall or line the bird cage with it - because it's MINE.
And finally, I also get to sleep! After a month of sneaking around, finding spare moments here and there to slip away and commune with my keyboard, I'm looking forward to December and communing with my family, my job, the holiday spirit, and last but not least, my pillow.
But I got a couple of other things out of it too. I got the satisfaction of knowing that I can take an idea and run with it, flesh it out, make it make sense, and hopefully have something that I can take to the next level. The other thing is that I got to do something that I have always wanted to do - write a novel. I always thought I might have it in me but was always too scared to try. It could turn out that I don't have what it takes. When this challenge came along, I got permission to write. Crap, if I have to, but just to get it down on paper. That was the goal. And I did it. It was hard. It was long. There were nights that I propped my eyelids open with caffeine and toothpicks. But I got it done.
I can't wait until next year.