Monday, November 10, 2008

NaNo Day Ten and Going Strong!

First, to start the day, I decided to go for a drive and take some photos of the beautiful fall foliage before is quietly slipped away into winter. We already passed the peak of the season, so if I missed today, I would have to wait until next year. Above are some of the best shots of the morning.
Oh, Casey McCormick awarded me an "I Love Your Blog" Award. As soon as I can figure out how to post it on my blog I will. Thanks, Casey! I've never been awarded an award before! This is my first! I am over the moon about it!
After yesterday's conquer of my daughter's dresser (I posted a few more pictures at the end of the that posting, BTW) I was on top of the world today and wrote until I just couldn't any more. So, what's the word count... drum roll please...
NaNoWriMo Day Ten Word Count

Goal: daily goal, in order to completely catch up = 8,805 I knew this was somewhat impossible. So, I kept it in mind, but didn't feel hard pressed to reach that huge daily goal.
Total word count for ten days should be around 16,670 words. Again, I began the day at 7,865 words, so I again, didn't really strive to reach that lofty goal, but kept it in the back of my mind

Actual: daily word count actually reached today was 5,094! I was very happy with this number and very surprised. My heart actually hammered as I stepped back to tally up the day's words!
Total word count to date: 12,959 Chris Batty, from NaNo, sent an email to all of us today saying we should try to get to 15,000 words by tonight since this November has blessed us with 5 weekends instead of 4. Maybe I'll get there by tonight. Maybe not. Either way, I am ecstatic that I went from 7,865 to 12,959 in just one day! What a day!

Downside: Word burn out! I have to admit by the time it was time to stop (because the bus was pulling up to drop off daughter #1, I was relieved it was quitting time. I think I ran out of words. I'm surprised I can even write this entry. But this is not really a downside. It's just a fact... what I feel like after I pump out 5,000 words in one day, actually 3.5 - 4 hours of work.
Highlight: Well, duh! my word count! I am so thrilled! I feel great!
Now, tomorrow is my test. I work with the kiddies in the morning. It is brain numbing work. They're adorable, but by the time I leave there, my brain has clicked off. I am going to take Philip Pullman's advice (from NaNo) and write even on bad days. So, tomorrow I will put that to the test. Stay tuned to find out how I do...
Thanks again everyone for all your support. It means a lot to me that when I am trying to get through these daily goals to "hear" you all behind me cheering me on. You're the best bloggy friends a writer could wish for! XO


PJ Hoover said...

This is so fantastic! Isn't it a great, great feeling! And I totally get it about running out of words.

Sheri Perl-Oshins said...

Yeah, around 3:30 my brain just said... I'm done... And it was great. A really great day!

Casey Something said...

You did awesome today Sheri!! That's a great achievement. You should be very proud!

And hey, if you only write a little tomorrow, it's still something gained, and you still made an effort to write on a bad day.

Sheri Perl-Oshins said...

Casey, your word count BLEW me away. You're just about half way there and in only ten days!!! WOW! I bow to you... I'm not worthy...

Jean Wogaman said...

5,094 words in one day??? You are amazing! That's one tenth of the thirty day challenge all in one go.

Rebecca Gomez said...

Way to go, Sheri!

Keri Mikulski said...

Congrats! Great stuff. :) And yeah, I know what you mean about running out.

Tabitha said...

That's fantasic!! So glad you had such a good day. Hope today goes just as well. :)

I'm behind too, and that's fine. I'm writing as much as I can given my time constraints (I only get about two hours a day during the week, nothing on the weekends). I doubt I'll make it to 50,000 by the end of November, but I WILL have an amazing amount of work done on my new novel. And that's what's important. :)

Sheri Perl-Oshins said...

Thanks Jeanie! *blush* I felt really amazing! And thanks for pointing out the amazing math. Math is not my thing, so I don't think I would have ever put it into that exciting perspective.

Becky, thanks! and How's it going for you???

Keri, glad I'm not alone in experiencing that brain numbness effect of a long writing day. Imagine your head like a gumball machine. Except, instead of gumballs, they're words. It was like that and my gumball machine was empty! How are you doing with NaNo?

Tabitha, not being able to write on the weekends does make it difficult. I live for my Monday's though. I have nothing else scheduled but writing time, so it is a solid day of peace and quiet and creativity.

Anonymous said...

Thats brilliant! Id bet you feel great! whats your secret??

Chris Eldin said...

Congratulations!! You're doing very well!!
Wooo HOoooo!!

Sheri Perl-Oshins said...

Motherx - why thank you! Brilliant... I'll take it. Secret... I'm no good at keeping secrets. Well, I'm good at keeping other's secrets, but my own - I spill the beans. And I'm not a good liar either. The secret is not scheduling anything on writing days. Waking up early with the kiddies and getting completely ready so when that bus pulls away, I am ready to write. Also, I've been starting my writing days with country drives, photographing teh autumn and bizarre trees. This gets me very inspired. And my other secret - I broke today - no blogging or email until AFTER I've written!

Thanks, Chris! :)

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