The cover of my 2008 NaNovel, Dexter Moon
I’m getting ready for NaNoWriMo 2008. I’ve discovered, in my couple of years doing AugNoWriMo, that I really love having a place to keep track of my thoughts and include snippets. So that’s what this is. And just to get things started here, this is something I wrote for a thread on personal (physical) NaNoWriMo journeys, that ended up being really interesting to me after I finished writing it.
2001, high school senior, written on my desktop “Ursula” (though I don’t think I’d named it yet), in Los Angeles, while in the middle of college applications and my senior project, a paper on the creative process of writing.
2002, my first year of college, (Massachusetts) the timing was awful–my laptop (Beatrice) was having major issues, so I handwrote about 3,000 words in a composition book before giving up.
2003, sophomore year, I wrote about 30K (maybe a bit less) and was already running behind by Thanksgiving break, which I spent with a friend in CT, and didn’t write a single word the entire time–but for some reason, I always associate that NaNoWriMo with that visit. Got back to school, and wasn’t able to pick it up again.
2004, was living with relatives in northern VA and commuting into Washington DC for an internship–I handwrote every morning on the metro, and for the first time, actually won NaNoWriMo, although it was with a horrible confused mess of a draft that I’ve refused to even look at ever since.
2005, back at school, wrote something, but I don’t remember anything else about it–I didn’t get very far.
2006, I’d graduated, and found a job in Florida, which started in October–I took my cross-country drive as the background for a story about werewolves and various other mythical creatures. I didn’t know ANYbody in Florida, so I spent all my time warring against an online buddy, and everyday spoke to my mom who had heard me talk about NaNoWriMo for years and finally decided to participate herself. That’s one of my really precious memories of her now, actually. (She just passed away a couple of months ago.) My second win, and I crossed the finish line in a coffeeshop at a write-in, which was the way I met the first people I knew in Florida.
2007, I was crazy busy, had just joined a roller derby league, which was taking up all my time, but for some reason, I jumped in to ML for my region when no one else stepped up. I organized a couple of write-ins a week, and pretty much ONLY wrote during those write-ins, giving up on the idea of winning in favor of just making it through to the end of November. 🙂
2008, I’m back in Northern Virginia, living with relatives again, looking for a job, and hoping for my third win.