Prepare for Your Weaknesses

I’m sorry this is running a bit late in the day; my family just took off, and I’m only just now remembering that I have things to do on the computer. My bad, y’all.

Thing is, I knew that the second my family hit town, I would forget to do anything online. My family doesn’t live too far — only about three or four hours away, depending on much of a lead foot you have — but I miss them dearly. They usually only come for a day or two, so I pretty much focus on doing things with them.

Knowing this, I decided that I would hit 50K by Wednesday. It was sort of rough there for a while. I got tired. I got frustrated. But Christie and Jason were going along with it too, and all three of us hit 50K. (I got it done at 11PM on Wednesday, but damn it, it got done.)

Of course, the novel isn’t done. I pretty much decided to validate and jump right back in to dinner prep. Which was worth it, as dinner was well-received, well-loved, and sent our family right into the throes of a food coma so intense, that I was nodding off at 10PM. It was a great night of delicious drinks and pleasant company. We played Cards Against Humanity, wherein we learned that while my mother might be too nice for it, she would occasionally just drop a vulgar card right when you weren’t expecting.

Frankly, I would delete my whole novel for more nights just so good. Thankfully, no one expects that.

That said, NaNoWriMo doesn’t end just because you hit 50K; it’d be against the spirit of it. There are still write-ins to attend, friends to cheer on. I still intend to make every effort to finish this novel before NaNoWriMo ends.

There’s probably¬†more real life to deal with now than there was pre-Thanksgiving. The mountain of dishes alone is staggering. But Week Four is worth the effort.

Ashley M. Hill found her voice in science fiction when her curiosity about technology coupled with the lifelong urge to tell stories. Her interest in social and feminist issues shapes how she approaches the genre. She's pursuing computer and network repair for her day job.

 

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