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note to self: go outside

"I went to the woods because I wished to live deliberately, to front only the essential facts of life, and see if I could not learn what it had to teach, and not, when I came to die, discover that I had not lived." —  Henry David Thoreau credit My phone died recently. Not like died because of its charge — permanently died. I'm not the only one whom this has happened to, I'm sure, and this isn't a complaint. Rather, it's an observation on how different the landscape of my life has been without it. I've been reading more, watching more TV, doing less doomscrolling. I found that I've missed my phone a lot less and simultaneously a lot more than I expected. And I've been noticing a difference in my mental state. My mental health is, apparently, linked in part to the device I hold in my hand 99% of the time. Who knew? However, it's still been challenging lately, for more reasons than just my phone, and my sister invited me to go outside with her. Th

In Which I Cross the Finish Line

And so... I won NaNoWriMo.

After being away for three-ish days for Thanksgiving, I hadn't written a word. It was the same story yesterday. I was ridiculously sick yesterday, due to my fatigue from the aforementioned trip, so I didn't write much.

(Not to mention I got my first bloody nose, cried a lot due to being so tired, and threw up. But that's another story for another time.)

My wordcount at the beginning of the day today was 47,540. That was about 2,500 words away. I wasn't sure if I'd be able to do it, considering I woke up with such a bad headache. (Advil is my friend, though.)

However, I decided that I'd like to finish today, and after my headache lessened a bit, I spent the afternoon writing. I hit 50,000 a little while ago, and I'm excited, sad, and happy, all at the same time.

To be honest, this was one of the worst weeks I've ever had. But now that I've reached 50k, my novel is still going at least reasonably well, and we're decorating for Christmas tonight, I'm thankful. This is the perfect ending to my weekend. The rest of our evening includes putting ornaments on the tree, and watching Elf. 

I'm so glad that good times in life come along with the bad. I'm even thankful for the bad things in life - especially the bad things, I think.

And yes, I'm really thankful that I finished NaNo! There's just one problem: my novel is really, really long. My ending is nowhere in sight, and I have a lot of plot to cover still. Hmm...

At any rate, my Christmas tree needs to be decorated. If you'd like to read more about my noveling journey this November, check out The NaNo Diaries.

And as a final note, this explains perfectly how I feel as NaNoWriMo draws to a close.

Granny Wendy: So... your adventures are over.
Peter Banning: Oh, no. To live... to live would be an awfully big adventure.
- Hook


  1. i should hope you send me your story. ahem ahem ahem. congratulations, darling! :))
    -jocee <3

  2. Wow congrats! I don't think I'll ever ever reach 50k with NaNoWriMo as long as I live. :P It's just not...well, my style of writing to write so much in just one month.

  3. Congratulations!!! :D That's awesome!!! I've got less than 5K to go, but I won't be able to wrap up my novel in that many words either, haha. ;)

    I hope you feel better soon! Does it help knowing that you don't have to stress about those 50K anymore? :)

  4. oh, congrats! that's so exciting. :) I'm sorry you've had such an awful week though...hope winning nano makes up for it a bit!

  5. YAY for you!!

    And reading NaNo diaries...I saw that you said you needed to go watch Star Trek now...{happy squeal!!!} Are you a fellow Trekkie??!?!?

  6. Congrats! Sorry you've had an off week. I hope you feel better soon. :)

    Way to go on reaching your goal. You deserve the highest of fives. :D

  7. Yay you did it!!!! That's so awesome!! I hope you feel better so you can celebrate!


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