I DID IT!!!! No, I’m not finished, but I took a b…

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I DID IT!!!! No, I’m not finished, but I took a break, because I reached my 50,000!!!! I received my T-Shirt yesterday as well! I printed out my certificate, and I also added this icon to my regular blog:

I also got this lovely note from the NaNoWriMo website:

Dear Novelist,

It is our supreme pleasure to inform you that our internationally renowned team of word-counting robots have completed their judicious assessment of your manuscript, and have passed on this final, binding decision:

Winner.

Wow. You’ve really done it this time, writer. Where the vast majority of National Novel Writing Month participants abandoned ship at some point in the journey, you bravely persevered, continuing your literary quest in the face of ridiculously long odds.

In one month, you have written more fiction than most people create in a lifetime. You have dared to dream big, to throw long, to say: “Enough of the self-critical crap, and the hemming and hawing. This time I’m going for it.”

And you pulled it off with aplomb. In just four weeks, you built vast worlds and set them in motion. You created characters; quirky, interesting, passionate souls with lives and loves and ambitions as great as yours.

And most admirably, you managed to find time to do it all while juggling the demands of work, school, friends and family. Most people barely have the strength to make it through dinner at the end of a tough day. You dug deep, and found the energy and resolve to make wild, deliciously imperfect art in the midst of a horribly hectic life.

It’s an amazing accomplishment, and we’re proud of you for seeing it through.

Before we let you head off to your celebration (or nap, as the case may be), we have some NaNoWriMo Winners’ booty to share with you. The first is a small winner’s icon, meant to be posted on a website or blog. It was designed this year by artist Claire Robertson. You can find the icon, and instructions for downloading it here.

Since many people don’t have a website to call their own, we also commissioned an official NaNoWriMo 2003 winner’s certificate, which you can download and print out. It was drawn by illustrator Lindy Groening, and can be downloaded here.

And that’s about it. It’s been an unforgettable month, and we’ve been very glad to have you with us.

With warm regards (and much applause and whistling),

Chris Baty

Director, NaNoWriMo

Hooray for me! I still have to work on the March through June part, as well as the “epilogue” that tells what happened to certain people after our year in Angers. I was even inspired to try to contact the real-life “Pablo” – I hope it’s not spoiling too much to know that I am married to someone else (Big Surprise!)

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