November is the National Novel Writing Month!

and... I WON!!! yes, at 11:54 p.m. on November 30th, 2008, I hit the 50,000 word goal!
Well, actually it turned out to be something like 52,250 words, but who's counting? LOL!

Below is my motivational/ inspirational flyer and binder cover that I made to keep me focused and on track while writing.  I do love my flyers! LOL.

~*~ Excerpt from A Cat For Troy ~*~

Chapter 1

     The park was one of Cat’s favorite places, the sounds and smells combining to lull her to sleep where she lay curled on a bench, the tip of her long tail waving gently to and fro as she snoozed. Mottled patches of sunlight shone on her multicolored coat as the sunlight filtered through the leaves of the spreading maples above. New-mown grass mixed with the fragrance of a multitude of flowers. Ducks quaked as they swarmed about the humans feeding them at the lake, and the laughter of children rang from the playground nearby.

     Cat loved summer, loved laying in the sun, pleasantly warm and lazy. Although not particular fond of children, she liked to watch them at play. Her favorite children, Ben and Molly, came to this park often with Jacinth, their nanny. Cat’s whiskers twitched. Jacinth was turning out to be a fairly decent cook, and she debated the possibility of inviting herself to dinner. It would amuse her, too, to watch the antics of the kitten that Douglas, Ben and Molly’s father, had brought home for the children, and perhaps give him a swat or two. The kit needed to learn some respect. Amusing, too, to watch Jacinth, a 900-year-old Jinn, falling in love with a human, and a single father with 2 kids, at that. Jacinth wasn’t too bad – for a Jinn. And young Ben and Molly would have the coolest step-mother around.

     The attack came without warning. One moment she was napping, and thinking deep cat thoughts, an ear cocked as always to sense a possible danger. The next moment the dog was on her, all sharp teeth and snarling fury. She fought back, attempting to claw its face, its eyes, anything to make the animal release her, but it had her in its grip. She squalled in pain and fear as the huge animal shook her back and forth like a rag toy, the teeth digging deep. From a distance she could hear children screaming, running footsteps hurrying closer, but dizziness washed over her, and her senses began to fade. Dimly, behind the dog’s fury, she could feel something else – a human intelligence, whose thoughts broadcast pleasure, and a vicious satisfaction.

     Cat was scarcely aware when the iron jaws parted, releasing her. She lay crumpled on the ground where she fell, panting with pain. Above her, voices exclaimed in concern. Humans. They had beaten the dog off her, she realized belatedly. She tried to raise her head, but failed.

My LiveJournal Entries, as I worked on NaNo the last 11 days of the month!

20th-Nov-2008 10:26 am - Support and Encouragement Requested

As some of you may know, whether from reading my earlier journal entries or you're a writer yourself, November is National Novel Writing Month. I was signed up for NaNo and moving into high gear when, on October 30th Rascal, my Maine Coon friend and companion for 14 years, had a stroke and died.  {{{insert sound of screeching brakes}}}  So after my epiphany on Tuesday afternoon, which put me back to thinking about writing, yesterday I thought okay, I'm really going to sit down and start writing. I went back onto Nano and and Romance Divas and made a couple of introductory posts for additional motivation, and settled down for the evening to write. Which I did... from, oh, like 7 p.m. until 3 a.m.  Hey, it's what I do ;)

So this morning I woke up, and re-read a post I'd made:  "I don't expect of course to win in the 11 days remaining" ...for those of you not in the know, NaNo is a month-long writing challenge, to write a novel of 50,000 words (or 50,000 words of a novel) in the 30 days of November. You "win" NaNo, by meeting the 50,000 word goal. No, there are no "judges" or officials looking over your shoulder to make sure you really wrote those words in the 30 days (after all, if you have to lie to yourself to win, you've got more problems than not really meeting the goal, right?). Anyway, last night I did the math, and to write 50,000 words in 10 days would require writing 5,000 words (20 pages) a day.  ACK!!! I only do that on the best of best days, when The Muse is with me and life is good. I can usually crank out 10 a day if I really really put my mind to it.

So, back to waking up this morning. Suddenly  I thought... well... WHY NOT?  I only work 20 hours a week (four 5-hour days).  If I really concentrate, I could be done with my work by noon and have all the rest of the day to write. Plus, I was just told yesterday by my supervisor that the cancer clinics are closed the entire Thanksgiving weekend; there may be some reports hanging around to be done on Thursday morning, but there won't be more till sometime on Monday.  And in addition to that... well, hell's bells! Why not? What's a challenge if it's not worth fighting to get there, right? 

So, I'M GOING TO DO IT!  That's right!


Wheeeeeeeeeeeeee! Let the E-Ride begin!

Any and all messages of support and encouragement are welcomed (please! encourage me!).  No, reading them will NOT distract me from my writing (but responses may of necessity be brief, LOL). And now... on to my dictations of last night, let's see what kind of word count that yields me as a starting point :)

20th-Nov-2008 10:28 pm - Daily Update, Nov. 20 (day 1)

"A Cat For Troy" NaNo: 9,500 / 50,000 words. 19% done!

"A Cat For Troy" Total Manuscript: 20,000 / 90,000 words (80 pages). 22.2% done!

21st-Nov-2008 11:33 pm - Daily Update, Nov. 21 (day 2)


"A Cat For Troy" NaNo: 11,500 / 50,000 words. 23% done!


"A Cat For Troy" Total Manuscript: 22,500 / 90,000 words (90 pages). 25% done!

22nd-Nov-2008 11:34 pm - Daily Update, Nov. 22 (day 3) 


"A Cat For Troy" NaNo: 13,500 / 50,000 words. 27% done!


"A Cat For Troy" Total Manuscript: 24,000 / 90,000 words (96 pages). 26.7% done!

23rd-Nov-2008 11:08 pm - Daily Update, Nov. 23 (day 4)


"A Cat For Troy" NaNo: 19,250 / 50,000 words. 38.5% done!


"A Cat For Troy" Total Manuscript: 29,750 / 90,000 words (119 pages). 33% done!

24th-Nov-2008 01:16 am - Kickin' some serious ass!

I may have stumbled at the starting gate, but I'm moving up fast as we make the turn into the home stretch!  ! In the four days since I've started this, I've written 77 pages! yes, I know I need to be at 80 pages to be on track, but what's 3 pages between friends? {{{laugh}}}. Actually my mom invited me to dinner last night and I spent the evening with her, it's been the first time we've really sat down for a visit just the 2 of us since Christina (my daughter) left for California back in August. She's thrilled that I'm back to writing again, too. It's nice when your family is supportive, I know too many writers whose families are not supportive, to not appreciate Mom's attitude. The story line is coming along terrifically, my characters are cooperating, and the Muse is riding me without driving me into my grave (always a good thing!) and the ideas just flow in as I need them for whatever scene I'm working on.

123 pages left to go... in 6 days... I can DO it!!!!

I am just ROCKIN'!!!

24th-Nov-2008 10:45 pm - Daily Update, Nov. 24 (day 5)


"A Cat For Troy" NaNo: 20,500 / 50,000 words. 41% done!


"A Cat For Troy" Total Manuscript: 31,000 / 90,000 words (124 pages). 34.4% done!

26th-Nov-2008 11:37 pm - Daily Update, Nov. 26 (day 7)


"A Cat For Troy" NaNo: 27,750 / 50,000 words. 55.5% done!


"A Cat For Troy" Total Manuscript: 38,250 / 90,000 words (153 pages). 42.5% done!

30th-Nov-2008 11:54 pm - I did it!!! I won  NaNo! 

I did it! I did it! Right down to the wire, too! Half an hour before the deadline, I had about 52,000, and then the NaNo counter even gave me a few thousand more! I'm going to leave it that way on the NaNo site, tho, 'cause I like their word count better than mine, which is what you see here {{{laughing}}}

"A Cat For Troy" NaNo: 52,500 / 50,000 words. 100.5% done!

1st-Dec-2008 09:48 am - NaNo: The Morning After

This morning, I'm like gaaaaaahhhhhhhh! I did actually get to bed about 1:30, but of course I didn't get to sleep until after 4, between the adrenaline high of having finished, all the caffeine and sugar it took to get me to the finish line, my back pain being exacerbated by the cold wet weather, and the cats in the living room playing with the beaded curtain <sigh> So this morning is not a very happy time, LOL. I've spent the last three quarters of an hour sitting here admiring my word count <laugh>

However, a little bit ago, motivated by a NaNo post asking about the quality, I started reading over what I'd written in the last 10 days, and mine is actually in terrific shape! Not counting the fact that I have chapters and scenes all over the board in regards to the plot line/time line; I wrote whatever scene or character I could get to "speak" to me, on the basis that the idea of NaNo was to Just Write. But the writing itself is great, pretty much final draft quality, once I get the scenes lined up and transitioned in. Thanks to NaNo, I now have only about 100 pages to go (plus or minus a dozen or so) to be submission length to a publisher!!!! yesssssssssssss!

1st-Dec-2008 10:19 am - OHMIGOD how funny! I love it! I'm DOING it! 

There's a new site... National Novel Finishing Month. The subtitle reads: 

"One writer. One unfinished novel. On December 1, the battle begins."

I am absolutely rolling in the aisles laughing. ohmigod that is just precious!  Naturally, I signed right up <grin>  Actually, I think I'm switching novels for this... my previous WIP, "Wishes in a Bottle" is up to like 73,500 words, so if I work at transitioning in all the out of order scenes and smoothing out the whole, it should come right out about 80,000 or over, which is what I need to submit it to a publisher. Since this book is in the same "Wishes and Dreams" series (in fact, it's the first book in the series; the second book is already finished) as "A Cat For Troy," it's not such a leap as you might think, as the characters carry over between the novels.


"Wishes in a Bottle" Word Count: 74,500 / 90,000 words (298 pages). 82.8% done!


"A Cat For Troy" Word Count: 61,000 / 90,000 words (244 pages). 67.8% done!

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