It's done, and now I have failed my first non-nano daily writing task.
Yesterday I was running errands all day. Lab work, disappointing doctors visits (they are carefully avoiding giving me hope I'll eventually get better and go back to normal life -- we're making gluten-free chocolate chip cookies, but the fact that I not only spit out the dough but had to rinse the taste out of my mouth doesn't give me much hope), trying to figure out how to set up the amazing Christmas present my sister gave me. (giant, flat, lcd tv, but what do we do with the old tv, the cabinet, the dvd player and wii without the cabinet?)
And when I finally got home, I was cleaning the mess made when we pushed all our furniture around to create a make-do tv table (it wouldn't fit in our old cabinet and it was too tall to put it on top -- though that would have kept the peripherals safe). Since then I found that the wii is not working. We're going to send it in to Nintendo since I got it last year for Christmas and it should still be under warranty, but what we're really worried about is that Little Boy pushed something into the disk slot while he could reach it for now and they'll charge us anyway. We didn't see him do it, and we can't see anything in there, but I do worry. Oh well, we do use it a lot so I think we need it fixed if possible.
All sorts of excitement going on here.
So today I need to write two thousand words. A normal day for most nano-ers, but extending my deadline out a few months dropped me down to one thousand a day and that's where I was doing best until yesterday.
Then I'm at the point in this story where I'm wondering if it can be a full size novel. My main character in this one has her eighteenth birthday in the first few days of the story, has just graduated high school, is trying to figure out what to do next with her life, and I'm wondering if I should be looking up that new category one of the publishers is talking about (if only I could remember where I read about it) that's not really YA, but one step beyond that. I wonder if the preferred word count for that genre as short as the YA that spawned it.
I'm at thirty-five thousand words now, and I'm sure I'll need another fifteen thousand to finish it up, but I can't imagine getting sixty-five thousand words in there. Unless some other complication comes to me that needs to be worked in.
Or this one may end up being nothing more than a nano exercise.
But I have started an idea folder. Something about the daily writing does help spark the creativity to keep it going and I have to write down the ideas so they don't take over my brain or slip away -- and writing them down gives me the ability to put it aside for later while continuing my current project. Ah ah ah. (that's my evil laugh -- it does sound a lot like the Sesame Street vampire. I'll work on it.) Some writing discipline learned, even if I'm not excellent at it yet.