Are You a Winner? And ROW80

2013-WinnerYesterday, I pasted the text of my novel (with a bit of the secondary novella tossed in) into the NaNoWriMo word count verifier. It told me I was a WINNER! I also got to see a funny video of the NaNoWriMo office staff cheering. It was a great feeling. So yes, one big goal accomplished.

But what about all those who signed up for NaNoWriMo but didn’t write 50,000 words last month? That’s where I take issue with the whole “winner” thing. IMO, if someone stated a challenging goal, whatever that might be, and achieved it, that person’s a winner. Same if someone’s not a writer–that goes for other goals, too! And for those NaNoWriMo participants who may not have hit 50,000, but got a lot more written than they might otherwise have done, that’s a great accomplishment.

I will admit, it was nice to see that, and good to hit that goal! Here’s how the rest went:

  • Finish out NaNoWriMo by writing 11,000 words on either story or both: DONE!
  • Review remaining lessons for Promotions workshop: DONE!
  • Finish Shopping Cart and Checkout pages for website: Partial–not done, but made progress. Top priority this week.
  • Fitness 4 times, even if short: Partial–got 3x in.
  • Survive Thanksgiving: DONE! And it went very nice, until my dog jumped on a friend and twisted his leg (the dog, not the friend), and later, my mom slipped on ice at the edge of our porch and wound up with a fractured kneecap. She was just thankful it wasn’t worse, and it happened after the meal.

ROW80Logo175So what’s up for this month? Survive Christmas, obviously. Again, small family makes that easier, though some are tricky to buy gifts for as they have everything. I also plan to keep working on my WIPs, though at a much slower pace: 300-500 words/day, and get that website done! I also have another one to do, but this is just porting an existing design into WordPress, and won’t be difficult. Oh, and I’m taking another online workshop–normally not something I’d take on in December, but this is the last time they’re offering it, so I really wanted to get in on it. With the reduced word count, it should be OK to fit in, especially as I was able to keep up with the other one during NaNoWriMo. We’ll see! Here’s the plan for this week:

  • 2,500 words on combined WIPs
  • Keep up with new writing workshop & assignments
  • Finish Checkout pages for website
  • Fitness 4 times, even if short
  • Figure out what I’m doing for Christmas cards and gift list

What about you–have you WON any big goals lately? Or maybe even some not-so-big ones? If you participated in NaNoWriMo, how did you do? And if you’re in the U.S., how was your Thanksgiving? Please share–I’d love to hear from you!

Jennette Marie Powell writes stories about ordinary people in ordinary places, who do extraordinary things and learn that those ordinary places are anything but. In her Saturn Society novels, unwilling time travelers do what they must to make things right... and change more than they expect. You can find her books at Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Smashwords, Kobo, iTunes, and more.

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