Well, it’s over…

And I have my life back! πŸ˜‰

But wasn’t it fun! This time last year I was wondering if I could get my act together enough to do something as absurd as writing a novel in thirty days–the month before Christmas, no less. But few things I have ever done have been so rewarding. On this side of NaNoWriMo, I not only have a novel under my belt. I have the carefree and intensly personal satisfaction in my writing that I experienced as a teenager when I wrote like the wind and never thought of anyone else reading it. I have the joy of recapturing those ‘first, fine careless raptures’. And I have a pile of closely-typed pages that no one will ever lay eyes on but my husband and myself–and a month’s worth of happy memories of playing Jo March. πŸ™‚

My (wonderful, supportive, encouraging…) husband came home with a bottle of champagne and took me out to dinner to celebrate. And yesterday I stashed my manuscript in a pretty flowered file folder and spent my spare time that afternoon scribbling madly in my journal. After all, I had a whole month’s worth of news to catch up on! πŸ˜‰

4 Responses to “Well, it’s over…”

  1. Maureen says:

    It was fun! This was my first year and I signed up on a whim, not really expecting to win. But I did! It’s really done wonders for my writing self-discipline. I’m taking a bit of a break before revising.

  2. heartandhome says:

    I saw tidbits about this around the bloggie world, but wasn’t sure what exactly it was… I still a little confused. πŸ˜‰ A novel, written by our own dear Lanier… and I won’t get to read it? Not fair, I say, not fair. πŸ˜€

  3. Wendy says:

    Okay Lanier – maybe just the ‘Reader’s Digest’ condensed version please?
    Now we’re all curious and eager for a glimpse!

  4. Brenda N says:

    Ohhhh…I missed your beautiful posts about Christmas like you have done before. I expect life is very busy!