NaNoWriMo 2012 Victory

I won National Novel Writing Month yesterday at around 2:10PM with “In the Corridors of Light and Dreams.” The winning word was “even.” And it was misty and rainy outside.

The book isn’t done yet. My actual winning total was 107513, since I decided to use NaNoWriMo to push forward with the existing novel. It’s not entirely official, but I still wrote 50,000 new words in the month of November.

I probably have around 10,000-20,000 words left. I’m almost at the grand finale of the story. While this story will need massive edits and revisions, I’m fairly happy with it so far. It’s not quite as poignant as “Soul of the Scribe” was, but I’m hoping that will improve with edits.

What’s Next?

The first major goal is to start doing monthly…well, goals. I’m aiming for 30K words a month now. I was going to 40K, but I need to start budgeting time for editing. I hate editing. And looking for suitable publication avenues terrifies and overwhelms me.

Maybe I should just try and get a literary agent and let them do all that hard work so I can focus on the writing. That what often bothers me. I feel like I’m just chasing my tail and I don’t make any progress.

My goal is to be published or at least be shopping several stories by the next OCCWF Conference in May.

In Other News…

I’m a full Apple Certified Mac Technician now. I completed my three weeks of Genius training in Cupertino, California. I scored 100% on the hardware test and 97% on the software test. I’m also happy to report I was top in the class on both. While it was a good experience and I had a lot of fun playing tourist in San Francisco (especially visiting the NASA Ames Research Center north of Cupertino), I am very happy to be home with Laura and Caitlyn.

That’s it for now. Like I’ve said before, I’m terrible when it comes to these blogs. I hate pulling time out of my writing schedule and I barely have any time to play games anymore with this new job. But I want to get back into the swing of things.

Maybe I should start focusing on other things. Like maybe reorder this to be solely about Caitlyn, Writing and Games. No career stuff at all. It might be a more positive association.

It’s worth a shot.

Well, time to head back into work.

Have fun!