I did it! I won! I won! I WON!
If you are not familiar with NaNoWriMo, let me explain. It is held in November of each year, and is a challenge (mainly to yourself) to write a 50,000 word novel in a month. It's to avoid the one-day novelist or, as Chris Baty says: "one day, I'll write a novel"... You can write a not-very-good novel, as long as it is not the same word 50,000 times over!
And when you hit 50k, you WIN! There are no big flashy prizes like cars or a million GBP or anything, but (for instance) CreateSpace.com print a free proof copy for you. I won for the first time last year, and let me tell you, holding that proof copy in my hands and thinking "I did that!" was one of the best feelings I have ever had...
So that's why I haven't been posting on this genealogy blog for a month. I've been too busy making sure my head wouldn't explode while I kept all the threads of a time-travel novel straight, with warrior-priests and a stone that dripped blood and an ancient prophecy - oh, it's been great! But I'm not going to post it on the net, for two reasons: 1) is that I will get done for copyright (because it is about characters from a TV series; if I keep it to myself, nobody gets bothered); and 2) one of the ways you spur yourself on to write it in the first place is because you know that nobody is going to see it!
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