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62,777 at end of Chapter 13

It may turn out to be 80k. Or it may go longer. Things have changed. Now there's been a death and a haunting. The monster has a chance to reject the evil spirit, to be human again.

This was a rough chapter to write and it will need editing just like the last one, but it's very powerful material. The human characters both hung onto their sanity by the skin of their teeth -- and I'll have to find out next chapter just how shaky they are under their putting a face on it for each other. The cats are in much better shape. The cats have their work cut out for them taking care of their humans right now.

Ironically, I think the human characters distracted the monster and the ghost well enough that they didn't notice small furry animals hopping around hissing at them, or take the young magecats seriously. Stroke of luck, that. But it was so emotionally intense it's a very plausible error on the part of the evils.

It's one in the afternoon and I've done two chapters today. Whoohoo! I might get ahead on this!

Okay, I am already ahead by any reasonable standards, but I might get ahead on my High Goal of three novels and manage to buy myself the elbow room for the future sick days that will inevitably come. I want a red t-shirt and the best Nanowrimo that I've had to date. I could have done three 80k novels in 2004 but for getting new roomies moving in as a distraction during Nanovel Two.

This year, if I finish Nanovel Two by the 20th, I have the same amount of time to slam out novel three and ring the bell on the High Goal. I think it might be one of the prehistoric nature novels -- I got good research materials for those, especially that World Encyclopedia of Dinosaurs and Prehistoric Creatures -- it's got enough background on habits and locations and connects sites well enough that I can put something decent together for it.
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Nov. 8th, 2009 07:26 pm (UTC)
There's a teeny tiny part of me which really hates you right now. I just broke 2000 words. :o/
Nov. 9th, 2009 03:23 am (UTC)
It took me from age sixteen to age thirty nine to write my first novel. Be very proud of your 2000 words. They took a lot more effort than my hefty monster of word count totals now.

It will get easier, every year it will.

Besides, some person called Kateness is cruising along at 268,000 at the moment, which I don't know if that's a giant spinecracker doorstop novel or if she's doing a series. I'm not even in the front runners, just a sort of medium monster of word count.

Edited at 2009-11-09 03:24 am (UTC)
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