Monday, November 28, 2011

49,160 words and a peaceful easy feeling

I have this ridiculously happy feeling bursting in my chest.

It's the weirdest happy I've ever felt.

And I think it's called pride.

Tonight I polished off another 2,000 words or so in my quest for NaNo and now have only 840 words to go.

It is a pittance of words.

A flash story.

An hour's canoodling on the computer.

This marathon is so close to being over that I can literally taste it. (It tastes remarkably like chicken.)

I could finish it tonight. I could.

But I want to be fresh when I walk down the last 840 words. I want to go slow, take in the scenery, wave to my friends with their pom poms cheering me on. I want to savour the moment as I cross the finish line and then I want to do something really amazing to celebrate.

I don't know what that is because right now nothing feels big enough to celebrate this victory in the style that it deserves.

Never in my whole life have I shown this much discipline.

Never have I written so much.

Tomorrow I will celebrate a victory that is more than just winning a silly writing contest. Tomorrow I will celebrate a victory over a war that has been waged within myself.

But tonight ... I will sleep.


  1. I am so impressed that you can just saunter up to that finish date/line! Way to meet a challenge!

  2. Fantastic news, Cathy!

    I knew you could do it (I'm waving my pom poms in your direction).

  3. Thanks you guys! Alan, you look amazing in that short cheerleader skirt, I must say. (Nice knees, bud!) You were a huge inspiration to me, btw. I kept thinking of your advice and it made me write on nights when I thought I was too exhausted to write, thinking of you writing like a fiend at the end. Now that I know how much work is involved, I bow my head to you for your own remarkable finish.
    And Kathy, you MUST try NaNo next year. It's truly empowering.

  4. I am so excited and thrilled for you I am almost at a loss for words. Thank goodness you weren't. lol.

  5. HUGS, Delores!!!! Omigawd, I'm never at a loss for words. Whenever I am everyone asks whats wrong!

  6. I'm thrilled for you!!! *waving pom poms madly*

  7. Hurray! I'm so proud of you, and so excited. And I cannot WAIT to read your finished novel. And I can't wait to say "Cathy Webster, the best selling author? I know her."

  8. Congratulations!
    Sorry, no pom-poms. Be happy to hire some cheerleaders for you though!

  9. Congrats to you, Cathy. You've clearly worked very hard this month. Now you deserve a nice party.

  10. Excellent news, m'dear! Hope to get to read your winning effort some day :-)

  11. Congratulations on the words, of course, but also the earning of them. Nothing feels quite as good as 'the end'. Except, perhaps, seeing it in the viewfinder for the first time.


  12. Hooray, cheering all the way for you! ^_^

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