I did it! It wasn't a sure thing a couple of times, but I buckled down and did it! Final word count: 50,161, so pretty close, but I'm even happier than I have been with some previous years where I wrote more. I made myself stick to a plot and follow it instead of my usual MO of skipping around wherever my muse takes me, so it took a lot more work than usual. But I have a solid part of a story instead of something I need to start over!
Also, my Saturday of book-related adventures was fantastic. Allison and I went to two bookstores that were participating in Seattle Independent Bookstore Day and tried to get to a third but were foiled by parking. (Turns out there was no parking because that was the bookstore with jello shots. Which explains a lot.) Turns out that it's not just a race to get all the stamps, it's a party everywhere! There was cake and balloons and book signings and authors reading their work and coupons and champagne and crowds of people. If you're in the Seattle area definitely put it on your calendar and get a group together, it's the last Saturday in April and we had a blast. Next year we're strategizing and spending all day doing it, which will be awesome.
And then we went directly from bookstores to a play based on a book, Percy Jackson and the Lightning Thief: The Musical! We didn't know if it would be good like the books or bad like the movies (moment of silence for the movies and those of us who suffered through them...), but it turned out that it was fantastic. I definitely recommend it, if it comes to your area. The cast was very talented, it was incredibly clever, the songs were surprisingly well-written, and it managed to actually capture the quirky atmosphere of the book. I definitely recommend it. If it comes here again, I'll probably see it a second time.
Now to figure out what project I want to work on now that Nanowrimo is done. I'll let you know next week what I decide on! See you then!
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