My trio of awesome nephews have gone back to their hotel to swim before bedtime, and I'm taking a break from frantically typing up everything I wrote today. Currently the wordcount stands at 51,000, but I have a lot left to type.
This afternoon I attended a meeting in the downstairs conference room (at work, of course). When I walked in, there were bottles of water on the table along with a few boxes of cheap cookies, a binder and pen at every place, and graph paper. Yes. Graph paper. I still don't know why; probably no one could find any lined paper in time. But I still had this wonderful moment as I took my place, because I was certain, in my heart of hearts, that we were about to start a D&D campaign. Alas, it was not so.
I'm rethinking the 3-day novel thing this year. For one thing, it costs $50; for another, I don't know if I'll be done with The Trickster Society in time. I refuse to set this book aside to work on anything else until it's not just done, it's done to my utter satisfaction. I learned my lesson with Bell-Men last year. I'm convinced that half the problem with the difficult rewrites and revisions was due to rushing the ending so I could do NaNo.
I do expect to finish Trickster Society in another month or six weeks (hopefully). I'm shooting for ninety to 95,000 words and I know what the very last scene will be. I'm a little fuzzier on the big ending, but ideas and pathways are unfolding beautifully as I write. Once I'm done, I'll start preparing for NaNo 2010: The Finishing. I'll be picking up the abandoned romance novel I started this spring and finishing it, after which I'll work on Adventures in Zoology. Once that one's done (and we're talking well past NaNo and into December or even January), I expect I'll be rabid to do some editing, and then I'll circle back to finish Little Sparrow. Until all these projects are done, I'm not starting a single new one. Really!