How the Cookie Crumbles

An irreverant view of life after SIXTY-FIVE

NaNoWriMo – Day 1

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Today is the first day of National Novel Writing Month, and, my birthday. To celebrate my lucky birth (it was a touch questionable), I’ve decided to take up this daunting challenge.

What kind of present is that?

Some years I didn’t bother; other years I’d treat myself to something special I wouldn’t or couldn’t afford at any other time. This is the first time I’ve gone on a limb. Buying a new television or a piece of furniture is worlds apart from this crazy idea, I admit.

I’ve managed to put 1722 words on the page, but it’s only my first day. Now I’m going to start sweating—yes—sweating and it ain’t going to be lady-like, but I don’t care. I’m going to stick it out as long as my fingers can suck the words out of my brain.

I’ll be around now and again, but most likely in an hap-hazard fashion. I could use some positive energy to keep this party going.

See you all, when I see you. I’ll be back and forth when I can. I’m green and new, but here goes nothing.

Tess

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Author: Let's CUT the Crap!

I'm getting a little LONG in the tooth and have things to say about---ouch---AGEing. I believe it's certainly a state of mind but sometimes it's nice to hear that you're NORMAL. I enjoy reading by the truckload. I'm a grandma but I don't feel OLD although I'm not so young anymore. My plan is to stick it out as long as I can on this lovely planet and only will leave it kicking and screaming!

61 thoughts on “NaNoWriMo – Day 1

  1. Good luck Tess!!!
    And a very Happy B day 😉
    Mine is at the end of this month, and I think I’ll celebrate it with a solitary supper – much less hard work than writing a novel!!

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  2. Way to go, Tess! Best wishes to you in your challenge…do keep in touch if you can. At least we’re good for a laugh if things get tough!

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    • Hey, nothing in my whole life has ever been EASY—what’s the fun in that? Thank you, Laurie, I shall either continue standing or not. No matter, I have accepted the challenge and on Day 5 I’m still in the game. No-one is as surprised as me. 40,744 words to go and 25 days…Ahhhhhh. Fingers crossed. I’m thinking I’m running OUT of words…Can someone give me a B, or maybe a G?

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  3. Go, Tess! And happy birthday!

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  4. Happy Birthday Tess and all the best for the NaNoWriMo!

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  5. You may be green – I don’t know but the talent’s there, here’s to tenacity! Good luck 🙂

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  6. Hi Tess–I joined the NaNoWriMo for the first time this year, too. And you’re ahead of me already–I haven’t written anything for it yet today, so I guess I know what I’m doing this evening.

    Maybe we can encourage each other throughout the month–be each other’s cheering section!

    “Rah, rah, Tess–Go, Tess, Go.”
    “Tess can do it, she’s our girl, And if Tess can do it, I’ll give it a whirl!”

    Oh, and Happy B-Day, too…you don’t look a day older than you did yesterday. 🙂

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    • Thanks for the birthday greeting. Sometimes I think they are what keep me going from one birthday to the next.

      Sylvia, I’m late responding here to your ocmment but you HAVE heard from me before this, right? The idea is to write. Go, Sylvia, Go!

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  7. Happy Birthday, Tess, and good luck with your challenge!
    I contemplated participating briefly, and then decided my time isn’t right. Maybe next year.
    But go you… here – have some positive energy!

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    • Tom, Tom, Tom, I believe you are a prime candiate. OK, if you MUST wait until next year, start planning now.

      Last year I missed out. This year I decided to jump in. I’m amazed I’ve last five days…Thanks for your support. I need all I can get.

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  8. Happy birthday Tess and good luck with NaNoWriMo. Turn off the self edit and just keep on writing!

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    • I have, raising the curtain, and find a new freedom from worry. Yes, the old editor keeps hounding me but it’s nice to know I can (and should) ignore him. It’s been an interesting process in these first 5 days. Maybe next year you will consider trying….?

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      • I think 50,000 words is a bit beyond my reach at the moment. That would involve a plot, charcater development and a whole lot of planning! But you never know a lot can happen in a year. I hope that by saying it is interesting you are enjoying the process.

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      • It’s day nine. I’m still at it. Personally, I’m not only surprised but with all the positive energy and support–PLUS blabbing to the world–well, I hate falling on my face. I can’t do it. I MUST keep going. I’ve only 31,596 words to go. I remember on the first day it was 48,278. You know this is my first time, right. Tenacity is my driving force.

        Curtain Raiser, You CAN do it. Try. You don’t HAVE to advertise but the challenge validates something and YOU DO have the ability. We can be NaNo writing buddies next year. I can’t believe I’m already looking forward to it…I always knew I was a little nuts but now….

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  9. Happy birthday Tess and good luck with NaNoWriMo. Turn off the self edit and just keep on writing!

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  10. Happy Birthday,Tess. It is Teddy’s birthday too. If I had know you could have come for tuna and chips with us.

    What a challenge! If anyone can do it you will. Hope you keep us posted now and then. Cheers!

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    • I read your post regarding Teddy’s birthday but didn’t want to spoil his day. I thank you for calling me on mine.

      On Day 5, my brain is half-fried. I’ve never taken on such a HUGE job. I like and prefer the short story scenario. Only 25 more days to to and 40,744 words. . .

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      • Maybe think of the chapters as short stories that are woven together into a whole…

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      • At first, I was overwhelmed. I knew what I wanted to do but I DID have a backup plan for short stories which would be woven together into a whole. I love that you thought to make this suggestion. I will try really hard, no matter which way I go, to do Plan B if I must. Next year, sometime, I hope to follow-up on this IF I first complete 50,000. I cnanot believe I’m 18,404 words in on Day 9 and not finished for today yet (except for an e-mail break to keep my sanity). Required word count todate is 15,003.

        So NICE to hear from you Patricia. Positive input is keeping me going. Thank YOU>

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      • I think this is very exciting!

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      • Thank you, Patricia. It’s more scarey than anything. That I have last 12-1/2 days makes me feel almost air-borne. Yes, I’ve come up with a bunch of words and carved them into a ‘story’, still I hope the story makes some sort of sense real people might be interested in. Something I hadn’t guessed was how my engaging Lagy Gaga plays a part–truly I hadn’t planned it–she wasn’t in the outline but she became a comfort base. Fuuny about the central parts our “pals” play. Thank you for coming by, especially at this time…

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  11. Happy birthday for yesterday Tess! I’m doing NaNo too, for the first time this year, quite a challenge fitting it in around my full-time job and the kids and everything, but I’m really excited about being part of it. I’m NessaJane on there if you want to buddy me…

    Good luck with yours!

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  12. Happy Birthday Tess! And lots of good energy for your writing present!!!!! Lots of love too! 🙂 Gigi xoxo

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  13. Good luck! Looking forward to seeing your sweat-wrenched work when it’s done =)

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  14. Many happy returns!
    And best of luck with the novel. From 54 to the 50000 – way to go!

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    • OMG, thank you. I need all the support I can get. Day 5, and only 40,744 more words to go. If you don’t think that’s ominus, you should try this next year if you’re not into it this year. I feel so good, I’m hitching up my bra….ahhh, too high.

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  15. Hey, itsa my birthday too! Happy Birthday to you. Great luck with your challenge.

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  16. First Happy Birthday!!! Second, congrats on a great start to NaNo. You will pull it off…no sweat ❤

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    • Thank YOU, Red. I feel that shove in the butt. I shall need several more (cattle) prods (maybe). On day five I’ve surprised myself with 9256 words. Yay. I’ve never taken on anything of this magnitude. The uphill heave is leaving me breathless. H-h-h-h and is becoming more difficult every day. Only 40,744 words to go….Ahhhhhhhhhhhhhhh

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      • Stay true to form, and it will come. You will find the story will take off with you. I did that today. I wrote a bit over 5K today. One of these years I will write a book in November. I am better in the spring 😉

        I scared someone today who saw the M3 Million words meter and thought it was my NaNo. Bwahahaha! 580K in 6 days.
        xxx

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  17. Happy belated birthday my friend
    and good luck with your challenge 🙂

    Andro

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    • Thank YOU, Androgoth. on Day 5, I’m up to 9256 words. Only 40,744 to go–snd 25 more days. What was I thinking. This is the hardest thing I have ever done! Fingers crossed…I shall plod on…maybe the only registrant mumbling to myself, “Only one more word. I know I can do it! LOL.

      Thank you for the birthday greetings. At my age, I appreciate all the kidos I can squeeze out of life. Ha ha.

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  18. Being lady-like never got anywhere important, did it? Go for it.

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    • You are such a sweetheart but totally correct. No more Fu-Fu and organza. I’m in it to get to the finish line. I’m not finished writing for today. I am up to 18,404 words and still have a word or two to add. If I were going by the rules, I should have 15,003. Hurray. I can’t believe I’m still in the GAME!

      Thank you WritingWaters for acknowledging, you sometimes MUST roll up your sleeves and sweat for all you’re worth!

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  19. Go Tess! It’s not that hard once you start!

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    • The thing is, Rose, the beginning was kind of “of course I can do it all” and then you slow down and worry, and hope someone will give your a kick in the a**. I am a person of few words. That I have lasted half-way, MEANS I’M DESPERATE.

      I still have fingers crossed…I thank YOU.

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  20. Sounds fun! Too bad I missed it :/

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  21. Hi Tess, good for you! I need to keep reading to find out how you did!

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