Friday, November 4, 2011

NaNo... it's not for the faint of heart

I am currently on the fourth day of NaNoWriMo, and I am 600 words behind. Ordinarily, this wouldn't be so bad. I can write 600 words in 30 minutes.

Except for the fact that I am battling a nasty cold. I avoided it for several days by telling myself it was "fall allergies".
"You always get them this time of year, Potato," I said, "Nothing to be worried about. This year they're jsut a little worse. I'm sure the fact that you have a headache and are carrying around a box of tissues means nothing."
When I admitted to myself that I didn't usually have fall allergies after the first frost (which was unusually early this year), and we had had the first frost, I started to wonder if I might have a passing snuffly nose.

Not a cold, mind you. Just a snuffly nose.

When I put the mini box of tissues in my purse and started carrying a small bag around the house for the used tissues (because I didn't feel well enough to get up and throw them away), I started to wonder if I might have small cold.

When I got the drippy nose, sore throat, headache, and general sick feeling, I admitted that I might, possibly be sick. Maybe.

So I'm really grateful for the fact that I wrote 4,500 words on the first day of NaNo, because that's the only thing keeping me from sinking under the whirlpool of words. I'm only been able to write around 500 words per day, because after doing schoolwork, I was too exhausted  to write much (not that I admitted I was sick. I was just still recovering from staying up late on the first day of NaNo. You know, three days later, I'm still recovering from staying up 'til 1. Reasonable, right?).

So now that I've admitted I was sick, I'm now wondering if that gives me room to beg off from schoolwork to write more. Not that I'll actually end up writing. I'd probably put up loads of posts on this blog instead.

Sigh. Procrastination.

At least I haven't had a 102 degree fever for a week, like one of my friends. At least I didn't get the dreaded writer's block and stare at an empty page for 2 days, like another. And at least I'm not moving during the month of November, like two more friends.

But still, I'm sick.

So, how is your NaNo going?


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