Wednesday, November 27, 2013

NaNoWriMo 2013 by Pencil: SUCCESS

I scored this little fella late last night.

50k+ words completed in 26 days. One composition book filled, plus the first few pages of a second, in which I'll continue working on the story until the first draft tells me it's complete.

Just over half a Field Notes Expedition Edition filled with notes--I'll continue to use that. Yes, almost everything smears on that paper, which annoys me, but I do like how sturdy the thing is and how smooth it is to write in. I also like the fact that the front cover is BRIGHT HI-VISIBILITY ORANGE and thus easily locatable the dozen times a day I drop it or lose it amongst the things on my desk.

I can work at a slower pace now, but I'd like to finish this draft by Christmas if I can. (Self, please revisit this statement frequently.)

13 comments:

Ted said...

allow me to be the first to congratulate you!

Little Flower Petals said...

Thanks!

shordzi said...

Congratulations for endurance and success!

Johnny said...

Congrats, Elizabeth! This is awesome. :)

Bill M said...

Congratulations!!!!

Happy Thanksgiving!!

Rob Bowker said...

Good numbers, well done.

Anonymous said...

Well done! I for one hope you post before and after photos of the stalwart B's and HB's that gave up the better part of their little graphite lives to put so many words to paper (maybe it was Orange Crate Art that reproduced an old ad which claimed Brand X's pencil could make a continuous mark thirty-five miles long before ascending to Pencil Valhalla?), and tell us also which of your lead warriors performed with the greatest distinction. It is strangely satisfying to write a pencil down to a stub, is it not?

Michael Clemens said...

Congrats! And to think that they call the Brigadiers "crazy" for going old school. All-pencil is quite the accomplishment. I know I feel more satisfied with my typed pages than those done on the Neo, even though the path to editing is much shorter and simpler with the digital text. I don't savor the OCR cleanup and inevitable rewriting, but there's still something very satisfying about putting down the words with the effort of my own hand, enhaced a little bit by lever and ink.

My own kids are starting to become fussy about pencil brands lately, choosing favorites and shunning scratchy, splintery generics. Passing the cedar torch to the next generation, I suppose.

Wesley Greentree said...

Congratulations! You beat me by about nine thousand words.

Little Flower Petals said...

There's always next year! :)

I'm not sure I'll be able to put together a logical "after" photo since I didn't use any particular pencils consistently. May give it a try, though, if I'm ever home during daylight hours on a not terribly wet day.

I confess, I used the mechanical pencils more and more at the end, just because they're less distracting. Unless and until you spend hours researching additional models and leads on the Internet, that is.

Wesley said...

Fortunately, there always is. This was my first year, and, being in high school, school work had to come first.
As for the pencils used, I used my Palomino Blackwing 602 the most, I think.

Little Flower Petals said...

Passing 40k while in the midst of schoolwork is a pretty impressive achievement, in my book!

And you have excellent taste in pencils. ;)

notagain said...

I didn't get around to congratulating you. I'm impressed that you did it by hand.