#NaNo2018: Winner, Winner!

On a yellow backgroud, shows "2018" and "nanowrimo WINNER", then at the bottom of the banner has a table with (from left to right) a donut on a napkin, a mug with steam rising, a laptop computer with the screen showing "50K", a cup with pencils and a pen, and a pile of five books, laid one on top of the other.

The 2018 NaNoWriMo Winner Banner!

Apologies – I had meant to post more throughout the month, but it’s been a learning curve for me, and I’ve had a couple of downturns this month, for various reasons. (Have I mentioned how much I hate psoriatic arthritis? If not, consider it mentioned now.)

It’s really been a crazy month. I basically booked us/organized three write-ins a week, to try to make sure that everyone who wanted to make it to a write-in managed to do so. It was… less than successful in terms of that (other people showed up to about half of them), but successful in terms of allowing me to reach 50K! (Each day I had a write-in, my word count really picked up – more than the daily recommended dose of 1,667 words – which, since there were a few days where I wrote less than 100 words, really made an impact.)

I also had a number of issues with my characters throughout the month (*glares sharply at Jade*); they went in some weird directions. Which helped contribute to those days I wrote less than the daily recommended dose, because I was fighting for every sentence.

Read on for details!

#NaNo2018: Creative Anticipation

Well, here we are at less than 5 hours away from the start of NaNoWriMo 2018, and I’ve spent the last three days with the feeling that I always associate with anticipation, usually involving something creative (or presents, I usually got it when I was about to start opening presents as well, as a child and teenager). I’ve always called it “butterflies in my stomach”, because it’s pretty much exactly how that metaphor/expression is defined: a fluttery feeling in one’s stomach. (I just looked the expression up – admittedly on Wikipedia/Wiktionary – and apparently it’s a physical expression of an adrenaline surge, the fight-or-flight response. Weird. Maybe it’s my autistic/alexithymic confusion of emotion and physical reactions, rather than what other people call “butterflies in the stomach”?)

This year is extra special to me, because for the first time, I am an official Municipal Liaison for my region (Canada :: Newfoundland – which does include Labrador, I believe, but it’s not listed in the region title).

NaNoWriMo's 2018 Municipal Liaison Logo: shows a cursive font of "NaNoWriMo" at the top, then a double line with "2018 Municipal Liaison" dividing the top from the bottom, and then from right to left, a tea cup, a slice of pizza, and a crossed pencil and pen; all in white on a dark blue background.

NaNoWriMo’s 2018 Municipal Liaison Logo

Plus I’m working on a book cover for one of crossoverqueen’s novels. As a result, the creative anticipation explained in the first paragraph has also led to some insomnia. Which… well… I guess I can consider it research for this year’s story – see below!

Read on for the details of my NaNo project this year!