I win NaNoWriMo!

Two long days of writing, and a big push for the end. I didn’t really even plan to cross the finish line yesterday: my goal was 47,000 words, but I hit that at around 4pm. Then I realized I had the whole rest of the day, and nothing else planned–so I went for it. And a huge thanks to Larisa, who literally cheered me on as I was getting my way across the goal line.

So! Here’s the finish-line celebration breakdown:

First sentence: The dossier called him a difficult case.

Winning sentence: “I’m glad you’re awake,” he said. (I find this amusingly appropriate given my state at the time I finally finished. Did I mention that the night before Larisa and I were up eight times with the baby?)

Best sentence of the night: But on every side, thick cables like severed tendons slithered across the floor.

Of course, this doesn’t mean that the novel itself is done. My private goal is to reach 60,000 words by Nov. 30, then finish the first draft (estimated at 75,000 words) by Dec. 13.


  1. Ha ha, Mark. Not autobiographical, as I have never visited another planet or been inadvertently responsible for millions of deaths… yet.

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