Goodness! Where do I begin? What a few days it’s been. Strictly talking NaNo here. (it’s not like anything major was going on in the world yesterday. *grin*)
I had to work Saturday, so my NaNo officially began at 10 P.M. Then, I perched down on my usual spot- sitting Indian-Style upon the sofa with my laptop – tea within hand’s reach. I was so giddy to begin. Writing is such a solitary art and craft that it was warming to think of the other participants all around the world engaging in the same activity, fortified with their endless cups of tea, coffee, and hot chocolate.
Words rushed from my fingertips onto the page. Hours flew by. Finally, at 3 a.m., I started feeling tired. But that was okay. Surely, I had surpassed the necessary 1667 daily words.
I clicked on Microsoft Works Word Counter.
At that moment, it would’ve been less horrifying if the Borg invaded my living room.
My eyes were playing tricks on me.
I looked again.
Okay. The word counter was obviously broken. It wasn’t counting words beginning with “t” or “s”.
I pressed on another 45 minutes. 1532 words. It was either give up and go to bed or resort to typing “la la la” a couple hundred times.
Bed won. Lying there, I wondered how I could’ve forgotten how formidable NaNo is. But, then I pulled myself together. My thoughts turned to Emily Bronte and Emily Dickinson. Anyone who’s read much of my blog knows Ms. Bronte is my absolute writing icon. Dickinson is a new passion. Not only were these two women geniuses- but more importantly, they were complete individuals who wrote exactly what they wished without a care what others thought. What better Muses for NaNo? So I called upon them for inspiration. Invoking their names as I drifted asleep.
It must have worked because on Monday evening I reached over 9,000 words. Yeah!!!!!!!
After a false start, I’m on my way. I am sure during the next 30 days there will be other setbacks. But I am even more sure that I shall be victorious.
How are my fellow NaNoers doing?
Call upon your personal Muses and Write on…