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so I’m back in Canada. No snow here yet, but it’s coming! Probably this weekend!

earlier today I managed to complete NaNoWriMo; I hit 50k words on my novel sometime this afternoon. I’m very pleased! It was not an easy feat to write 50k words in a single month, especially with finishing work in Dublin, packing up the house, taking a boat from Ireland to France, spending 10 days in Clermont-Ferrand and then flying back to Montreal. But I managed it, with lots of support from my family, Dragon Well tea, and a peaceful view over the lake from my chosen writing room. My wife also wrote 50k words this November, winning NaNoWriMo a week or so ago. It’s been a writing sort of month!

I’m pretty pleased with what I’ve written thus far; big chunks of it I have already stashed into a file full of stuff that I knew even while writing it wouldn’t make the cut, and I’m still struggling with showing rather than telling (writing in an active rather than a passive voice), but for a month’s worth of writing for the sake of writing I’ve appreciated the experience. I think it’s worth continuing and seeing where it goes; the novel itself, as planned at least, is nowhere near completed. And I didn’t even have to add any random ninja or pirate attacks to use as filler! Though now that I think about it…

otherwise, things are great, the family is great, and I’m great, so that’s great!

01. Dec, 2006

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  1. da_zhuang
    01. Dec, 2006 at 6:32 am #

    Welcome home. 🙂

  2. cerrus
    01. Dec, 2006 at 8:20 am #

    Canada sucks.

    And by sucks I mean rocks.

    I’m downing my celebratory beer, I made it with 6 minutes to go. I’d just like to thank one Mystic T. Moose, as every time it seemed I’d pass his word count and the option of saying “At least I beat the Canuck” became available, he would fire off a volley of words and I’d have a longer pole to climb.

    Cheers, eh?

  3. diabolka
    01. Dec, 2006 at 9:39 pm #

    Welcome home! 🙂 Hope you have a wonderful Christmas and New Year too together!

  4. misty_shadows
    02. Dec, 2006 at 7:47 am #

    Congrats on the Nano! Yaaawheee 🙂 a few friends of mine made it. J made it too.

    Me? I, uh, got the muse sucked out of me. Kinda got hurt mid-month so I’ve been (and here imagine me sticking my arms out and making creepy groaning noises at the same time) Braaaaaainlessssss….

    Only got 12 writing days in, but I *will* be finishing it anyway.

    And darn.. come down here and visit. Canada is not here!

    -Me

  5. guaponose
    02. Dec, 2006 at 1:37 pm #

    Yay… welcome home! Shoot me the latest version of it, I never got around to reading it when you were at the 40k mark. 🙂

  6. courtly
    03. Jan, 2007 at 1:48 pm #

    They’re Grrrrrrrrrrrrrrreat!

    Give my love to all!

    Happy New Year bud. 🙂

    I hear met up with you again this Christmas. How cool is that! But now that’s one MORE city I wish I could have split myself to visit over this special weekend.

    Hope you spent it well… 🙂

  7. courtly
    03. Jan, 2007 at 1:55 pm #

    Small question – what was your NaNoWriMo novel? 🙂 Very curious. Tried to look up your names, but only ended up with a ‘Laura’ whom I’m sure is no relation?

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