January 2010 Wordcount Goal: 73,000

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Nano 2009: Late start is better than no start

Wouldn't you know, just as the 2009 Nanowrimo clock begins a nasty virus takes hold and starts up its own ticking bomb. I've lost ten days already in this year's endeavor. That's a huge hit and there's no way you can truly avoid the reality of lost hours and lack of production. Does it mean it's time to chuck Nano 2009 and wait until next year? Of course not.

The nasty bug not only kicked me into bed but it also crashed all hope of attending Donald Maass's Fire in Fiction workshop in Seattle and a big opportunity to hole away and concentrate solely on my writing. I'd been planning and anticipating the trip for months. It's one of those disappointments that takes root and feeds the feelings of missed opportunities and plans gone awry. The good news is that I'm well enough to have those feelings and appreciate them. The bad news is the same.

What to do? There's not much else you can do other than start up the computer, create a quick game plan for the day, and hit the keyboard running. So once I work my way through the mountain range of bills and junk mail and pay said bills, I'll be turning my attention back to writing--again.

1 comment:

Mary said...

I feel for you, Vikk. That pinched nerve pain that forced me to miss the Pleasanton BONI was a huge disappointment, and I also wallowed in "it never works out for me" thoughts.

It's hard to pick back up and get moving again, and I'm impressed that you're able to do so, so quickly.

You have three whole weeks. I believe you can still "win" NaNo this year.