December 01, 2012

Yes, another NaNoWriMo completed

I completed 50,000 (exactly!) at 6:15pm on November 30th, giving me my fifth win on my sixth attempt.

Perhaps I can persuade some of you, my faithful readers, to join me next November for the 2013 installment? No? well, we have time to convert you...

<cue maniacal laughter>

November 21, 2012

NaNoWriMo 2012

Yes, it's that time of year again. I'm writing another book. I think. Whatever it is, by November 30th it should hopefully be at least 50,000 words long. What am I talking about? National Novel Writing Month.

This is my 6th year, and hopefully my 5th win. I'm a bit behind where I should be, but I'll get there, I think.

Madness, yes, but so much fun! And the Calgary NaNoWriMo community is fun and supportive and insane and keeps me going.

December 04, 2011

50042 words in 30 days

Yes, I did it again. But unlike last year, which was easy, I had to write 13,375 words on Novembe 30th to get across the finish line this year. NaNo 2011 was tough, but in the end, thoroughly satisfying.

And in 2012, I will be writing Book II of this story!

December 01, 2010

Another successful run

Voila! Fourth NaNoWriMo is complete, and my third success - 52,000 words!


2007: 5,130 words
2008: 50,066 words
2009: 50,019 words
2010: 52,000 words

Next year? Yes, I'm definitely planning to participate again next year, so check in again this time next year to find out how I did. :)

November 01, 2010

Yes, it's baaaack!

National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) has started again, and the insanity lasts all month! 30 days to write 50,000 words or more!

This is my 4th year, and hopefully, my 3rd win!

Need more info? Go to, and consider joining us!

Wrimos of the world, UNITE!

July 20, 2010

NaNoWriMo 2009

By the way, I was successful for NaNoWriMo 2009!

My grand total was 50019. Not as high as 2008, but finished with more time to spare... and felt just as good! So, my record so far:


2007: 5,130 words
2008: 50,066 words
2009: 50,019 words
2010: tbd (yes, I'm doing it again)

Want to know more, or maybe even try it yourself?

December 13, 2008


I did it! With two minutes to spare, I wrote 50066 words between 00:01 on November 1st, and Midnight on November 30th, including 11,181 words written on November 30th - in a desperate push to finish. My fingers hurt from typing, but it was worth it!

Carmen also made it, writing 50,261 words in the allotted time. We egged each other on. :)

No, it's not ready to be read. It needs massive editing and whole sections will be rewritten, but the important thing is that I have 50,066 words of the first draft of a novel. And perhaps starting in January, I will revisit it and see what I can do to improve it.

nano_08_winner_small.gifThere is now this nifty badge at the left side of the main page (scroll down if you can't see it) that shows me to be a NaNoWriMo winner. My prize? The appreciative oohs and ahhs of you, my two readers. I hope to add another winner badge next year, and the year after, and the year after, and the...

November 28, 2008

Almost there!

The deadline is coming closer! Need to have 50,000 words or more by midnight on November 30th. Three days left, including today.

I'm now at 32,584. I need to write about 5,045 words a day today, tomorrow and Sunday. Think I can do it? Well, I wrote 5980 words yesterday, so yes, I can :)

Carmen is sitting at 36,476, so I'm not far behind. We can both do it!

Note to self: need to buy more coffee.

Favorite moment so far this NaNoWriMo? The following conversation occurred after a Word War:

[2008/11/19 22:50] Squiddy Geiger: I may ahve sleep-typed part of taht
[2008/11/19 22:50] Sicily Heartsdale: good for actually falling asleep well writing a sentece
[2008/11/19 22:50] Chex Ansar: Ooooo, sleep typing
[2008/11/19 22:50] Squiddy Geiger: at one point I caught myself typing "as I fled the rushing floodwaters"
[2008/11/19 22:51] Squiddy Geiger: umm... there's no flood in my story.
[2008/11/19 22:51] Sicily Heartsdale: *cracks up laughing*

November 01, 2008

Yes, it's that time again

I have once again embarked upon the madness known as NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month) - during the month of November I shall endeavour to write a Novel. The goal is to write 50,000 words or more. Why 50,000? because that's the generally accepted minimum length to be considered a novel.

Visit for more information. And now, I'll go consume Mass Quantities and spew (hopefully) mass quantities of verbiage. Wish me luck!

Oh yes - you can see my progress in the header at the top of the main page, and compare it to my friend and fellow NaNo addict, Carmen.

January 11, 2008

NaNoWriMo final words

I did not do so well. But in my defense, I did better than I did on April Fools. It's ok, I had fun, and I met some cool local authors - and once I get a better job, that doesn't have me working in the evenings, I'll be able to go to the ongoing NaNo meetings that will occur monthly, just for fun. And yes, Ill do better on NaNoWriMo 2008 ;)

Carmen did much better than I did, as expected.

Oh - my story? No, you can't read it. It's bad. BUT it has potential, and I'll be working on it, seeing what I can make of it. Not sure if it's a novel or a short story, at the moment. We'll see what happens.

November 09, 2007

And the war is on....

up at the top of the page, in the blog header, you will now see my progress compared to Carmen AKA Tweetyiscool29

She's ahead, yes... yay Carmen! (she's done this before) but I'm gonna catch up, just you wait! (she says 'boo you!')

November 04, 2007

Off to a slow start...

My NaNoWriMo novel is off to a slow start, stuck at 587 words - a situation that was not helped by being called in for a 12 hour overtime shift, a mere 7 hours after my Friday regular shift ended.

I promise, today I will get to it and write! Carmen is at 1162, and thinks she's behind, so... I'm in trouble. But not for long, I promise!

October 02, 2007

NaNoWriMo 07

I've joined NaNoWriMo 07 - I'm going to write a Novel in November!

NaNoWriMo is National Novel Writing Month - a bunch of lunatics pledge that they'll write at least 50,000 (that's fifty thousand) words during the month of November, and create a novel.

My friend Carmen inspired me to write again, 15 years after I gave up on writing fiction. We've been working on a story together, but that's a different blog entry entirely. The point is, I'm writing again! Yay! (yeah yeah, none of you knew I was writing 15 years ago, did you? nope1)

I pledge to write 50,000 words in the month of November.

My username on is, of course, squiddy - be sure to follow my progress, because I'm told the only way to get through week two is the fear of embarrassing myself before my friends and family :)

I have 30 days to prepare... writing starts at 00:01 on November 1.

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