How The Heck Did I Just… WIN NANOWRIMO 2017… twice?

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AHHHHHHHH

Ok guys, I know this may sound super negative, BUT I AM DONE WITH WRITING.

Not for a long time, but like all of November.  And possibly December.

BECAUSE OH MY!

Did I really just write 50k in 26 days?  Like, erm, excuse moi, HOW????

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that’s literally how I reacted though

I think I’m having a mental break down right now or something.

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YES here is proof for all of your skeptical watermelons!

Guys I underestimated myself.  And that feels… horrid!

Because ya’ know, I thought I really knew myself!  I thought I was well aware of my limits, I thought I was on top of it all because I wasn’t going to be the one to think I could achieve something but get disappointed, NOPE NOT ME.

I mean, I guess it’s good because I over achieved.  But then again, is that a good thing?  😛

OK LET ME CLARIFY FOR Y’ ALL:

In case you haven’t been reading my posts, (and how DARE you?? jk)  I came into Nano with the expectation that I would finish Nano wrimo at a hearty, good old 25k word worth novel.

HAHA NO.

Sammy

yes I am the author of:  ERM, TO BE DETERMINED  

jkjkjk

My Novel Stats (numbers and stuff):

  • 118 pages worth of novel (so far)
  • 50,003 words total
  • -1 average to win (lol)
  • 1923 average words per day
  • Best daily word count: 6618

Weirdest Things I had to Google For novel:

It’s a good thing that google doesn’t judge… or does it.  NOVEL IDEA

  • is a permanent record in school real
  • other words for gasp (WHY IS THERE NO OTHER WORD FOR THIS???)
  • the cool music in thor  (I was looking for background music, OK??)
  • do dogs eat cats
  • writing is too hard
  • synonyms for beep
  • positive reinforcement poster
  • how to ask a girl out to the dance (this was for the story because I literally have no experience in this field)
  • slang for alleyway
  • how to tie a shoe (my character didn’t know how to and my brain was not working)
  • basic self defense
  • stacking paper
  • what are shackles

I feel like an idiot.

Mostly for taking this competiton on, for WRITING FIFTY FREAKING K, googling all that rubbish…

But I also really feel like a writer, for the first time in a loooooong time, take my word for it.

I don’t feel like doing a daily recap on how much I actually wrote.  Mostly because the numbers I wrote each day since the last Nano Chronicles were all OVER the place for goodness sake!

Like some days I wrote barely over 200, and others I would write 6000…

But the things is, once I got to like 45k, I started writing complete nonsense that made me realize what nonsense actually means:  NON SENSE.  Zero sense.  So now I’m stuck with 5k words worth of nothingness that needs to be deleted asap

For the first time in my entire life, I’ve written an actual NOVEL

That’s pretty dang big, amiright??

Seriously, this is the MOST I’ve written.. ever!  And you know what?

It wasn’t as stressful as certain bloggers make it out to be!

I technically won TWICE.  I won first when I hit 25k early, and eleven days later when I hit 50k!

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I think that main thing was that I didn’t pay any attention to the word per day average stuff… I knew that would for sure stress me out.  😛 I don’t think there was ever a day that I wrote either 833 or 1667 words!

Like I mentioned in my last post, word sprints saved my life!!  I feel like over time, they got better and better as I did them.  I pretty much went from 200 words in 10 minutes to 300, and I found out that I can write a thousand words in 35 minutes or 700 words in 20 minutes.  Very jumbled.  It doesn’t make sense, I am well aware.  XD

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I don’t know what to say anymore without bragging lol.  😛

Oh wait!  I do have more to say!!

Survival necessities fro Nano Wrimo:

  • pretzels (the mini ones)
  • grapes
  • notebooks and pretty pens
  • turkey
  • pie
  • spoonfuls of cool whip
  • a will to live

I almost missed the last one on there, because I was dying from the inside.  (aka I had a sore throat.  Geez, I feel so dramatic now…)

I also had pink eye for a while.  I bet you all take for granted how much you rub your freaking eyes in one day.  I don’t anymore.  I am a changed teenager…

Yepppp!  I’m almost a TEENAGER!

THAT’S RIGHT!

I’ll be thirteen in exactly 33 days!

Let’s see, I’m not doing anything BIG.  Probably some sparkling cider that I’ll pretend is champagne (don’t worry it’s not)  in the champagne glass it’s in.  Maybe I’ll watch some princess bride, try to stay up till 9:00 to see the new Girl of the year.

Oh yeah…

AND I’M GOING TO UNIVERSAL STUDIOS???

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Of course this is Rutvi’s response lol.  All of which I want to do (I’M LOOKING AT YOU LOREN) (AND YOU BRENDON URIE)

Except for the puppy.  I could do without a slobbery dog that Twila will probably plot to kill…

I always think of getting a new cute little kitten.  But Twila is erm… defensive of my love to say the least.  This is a bit gruesome, but if I got a new pet of any sort, she would try to murder it.  hehe.

ANYWAYS I’M GOING TO UNIVERSAL STUDIOS!!

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For the minion ride of course…

JK THE HARRY POTTER STUFF DUH!

Plus minions are creepy. I don’t know why I think they are, but I don’t GET why everyone thinks that they are super funny and cute.  They’re yellow creatures who serve evil.  I’m kind of scared of that Kevin tbh.

BUT HARRY POTTER!

I’m going on January 10th probably.  Because my actual birthday, New years eve, will have horrid crowds and honestly I don’t want to wait in line for a 5 minute ride for 6 hours.  Yeah, no thanks.  I’ll pass on that one.

But I get to miss school!  I am sooo ready for that.

I will be bringing my new camera and taking you guys along.  I just really want to pretend like I’m eating chocolate frogs with all of you.  I wish you could all be there. We can buy our first quidditch brooms together…

Ok I need to stop.  Anywhoooo, I’m taking tons of photos when I’m there so you guys can experience it with me because I know that for many of you, Los Angeles is not quite as… ahem, accessible or easy to get to. 😛

So there is going to be SO. DARN. MUCH.  Coming up in the next few months.

  1. Jesus’ birthday
  2. MY birthday

So I already told you about MY birthday, because I literally just told you if you were possibly paying any attention.  I don’t blame you if you weren’t  My attention span is as short as my temper. (Bc I’m a ginger get it?)

As for things I’m giving:  (Because giving is almost as amazing as hardcover books)

  • I’m spending quite a bit of money from donations on toys for homeless kids
  • I don’t want to say how much it is, because as I said, It’s quite a bit  😉

So… yeah!  Super pumped to be doing that!

As for the things that I want…

I want a new camera so. darn. badly!!!  I feel like I want to pursue my photography as a long time hobby, and a really nice camera will be able to do that for me.  The particular one that I want is the Canon Rebel t5.  But we’ll see…

AND BOOKS.

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But that is for another post.  aka the next post…

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Author: Samantha@ RedHeadWithABook&AGDollAwesome

I have 2 blogs, my doll blog, agdollawesome, and my personal blog, redheadwithabook. I am a redhead who loves to write, read, and play with dolls! Thanks for following. <3

72 thoughts on “How The Heck Did I Just… WIN NANOWRIMO 2017… twice?”

  1. I agree with you. Minions are, *cringes* CREEPY! Oh my gosh, CONGRATULATIONS SAM!! HOW DO YOU DO THIS STUFF?! LIKE, SERIOUSLY? YOU’RE MAKING THE REST OF US FEEL UNACCOMPLISHED!!!! Have a nice birthday, and seriously, Universal Studios? Have a blast!

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  2. CONGRATULAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAATIONSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSS! *cheers wildly for you* That. is. epicness.

    HEEEEY! YOU SHOULD TOTALLY ADD ONE MORE THING TO YOUR BIRTHDAY CELEBRATION LIST – DETOUR TO L4TL’S HOUSE ON THE WAY DOWN SO THAT SHE CAN CELEBRATE YOUR BIRTHDAY AND HER BIRTHDAY IN AN EPIC BIRTHDAY CELEBRATION!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! AND BRING ALL THE BEAUTIFUL DOLLIESSSSSSSSS!
    Seriously though… I was like *gasp* *gasp* *not another word for gasp* *gasps in horror at < that* SAMMY SHOULD COME SEE ME! If you're going to the Universal Studios in FL, that is. I mean, you're traveling across the country, right? Or is there another one? With my luck, there's probably another one. *facedesk* *facewall*

    ~ Light4theLord
    https://dollsnall.blogspot.com

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    1. L4TL,

      I think she’s going to the one in LA.
      This is going to sound super creepy but I’m super curious where you live. (Please don’t answer that for privacy’s sake,) So you live near FL correct? Are you in one of the nearby states? You don’t have to answer these questions of course, but I think we both live in the same part of the country.
      ❤️Diamond

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  3. Congratulations! How did you do it???????????? TEACH US!!!!!! TELL US YOUR SECRETS. (and this is officially the weirdest comment I have written) Anyways, I’m so happy for you! Hope to read your work sometime. Happy Early Birthday!!!! ❤

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  4. CONGRATULATIONS! SAMMY YOU ARE AMAZING!
    Those googlings. Everything I’m googling rn has something to do with manhattan. Or heterochromia. 😉
    I’m so proud of you and you should celebrate with an entire bucket of cool whip. In your mouth. At once. Num.

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  5. I don’t understand how you write so fast!! 👏🏻 I literally have written 5k this month… but ya know I’m not doing nano so technically I’m safe??? IM EXCITED FOR YOUR BIRTHDAY AND FOR YOU TO PUBLISH YOUR BOOK. YAY

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  6. I WAS GOING TO DO NANO BUT I WAS IN THE HOSPITAL FOR THREE DAYS, AND THEN UP IN VIRGINIA IN A MENTAL HOSPITAL FOR 7 DAYS, AND NOW IT’S NOVEMBER 29TH AND I ONLY HAVE 100 WORDS FOR MY NOVEL AND NOW I’M SAD BECAUISE FOR THE THIRD YEAR IN A ROW I DON’T WIN NANO AGH. *cries*
    BUT CONGRATS MY DOOD *confetti*

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  7. CONGRATS!! 😀

    also, i’ve been to universal studios and i literally cannot describe to you how amazing harry potter world is. there are actually no words. you’re going to have so much fun! just make sure to bring money!! there’s going to be a lot of stuff you’ll want to keep forever. i also suggest getting a porcelain wand if you buy one and not one of the ones that activates stuff throughout the park. and definitely wait to get it at the wand shop! that place is incredible. one more thing, take the train both ways, the ride and effects are different for each trip. i hope you have a great time! and happy early birthday :))

    ☾☼

    mckenna

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  8. Congrats! I would totally read your book! I think I might try NaNo next year,
    Interesting how on October 31st I have zero ideas for a book and I’m November 10th I have hundreds.
    Anyway, that’s cool that your going to Universal! I have like, so much to say about that. So, first of all, my mom says Harry Potter is better than Star Wars. I’ve only seen the first Harry Potter movie, but STAR WARS IS BETTER OK? I tried to get opinions from my friends, but THEY HAVE NEVER SEEN STAR WARS!! Anyway, my dad keeps trying to get me to go to Universal, but call me crazy(no literally, this sounds crazy, spoiled, stupid ik) but I do not want to go to Universal. I don’t really like rides, and up until Thursday, I’d never seen a Harry Potter movie(or read a book😜) So, I didn’t really care to go to Universal.
    Minions are kind of creepy when you put it like that, but they’re super cute and funny.

    Look out bc crowds are insane. Srsly six hours for a five minute ride actually sounds worth it to me by now.

    Oh and if you ever need theme park tips, I your girl.

    ❤️Diamond
    (Sorry for the insanely long random comment😂)

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    1. AWWW thank you! So happy rn!!
      lol SAMEEE I feel so lucky that I got at least a little bit of a decent idea before November 1st. 😛
      NO.
      the books are better than the movies, don’t judge HP by the movies!!!! XD

      lol that’s why we’re going on a school day!
      TELL ME ALL THE TIPS

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      1. Ok, so I don’t know tips specially for universal, but I know theme parks in general. Um, lets see. Get there early and stay for fireworks/nightly show/park close. But try to stay a little bit after the fireworks(idk, does universal have fireworks?) bc the crowd is crazy, even on off days. Prepare for a ton of walking. I once walked 17 mi on a day that was a half park day. Idk, does universal have pins? Those are really fun at Disney World. Bring lots of money, especially pennies and quarters bc I think universal does have some pressed pennies. I like to make a list of stuff I want to buy before I go.
        Hope these help,
        ❤️Diamond

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  9. Oh. My. Gosh. CONGRATULATIONS I’M SO PROUD OF YOU!!!!
    If it makes you feel any better, I actually can’t tie my shoes. No joke.
    YOU’RE GOING TO UNIVERSAL?!? I’M SO JEALOUS, I CAN’T HELP IT!!! I LOVE Harry Potter. I’m currently waiting for Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince to be ready at my library. 😉
    Your birthday is in December? Mine too! And my two brothers’! True story.
    I wish I had done NaNo. But I can tell myself that I did it since I wrote a Lab Rats fan fiction this month.
    Wow, that was a long comment! 😂

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    1. THANK YOU DONUT BE JEALOUS EAT DONUTS INSTEAD
      aww that’s ok. I didn’t learn till I was was like… 10.
      YAYYY I KNOW I’M HAPPY
      yesss birthdays in December are BOMB
      lol my brother and I used to watch lab rats

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      1. YOU’RE WELCOME! I WISH I HAD DONUTS!
        Well, technically I know how but I can’t do it WELL.
        TAKE ME WITH YOU PLEASE!!!
        Eh. I wish the present getting holidays were spread around the year. 😂
        Oh, cool. What was your favorite episode?

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      1. Lol, I’ve been to Florida so many times this year I’ve honestly lost count. I haven’t been to universal, but I pass the water slide all the time. IT IS SO CLOSE TO THE INTERSTATE I WOULD NOT RIDE IT

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  10. Ahhh! you won! I’ve won and I’m really close to finishing! I agree, it wasn’t as hard as some people said. You’re going to Universal?! It’s super awesome! You need to get a wand at Ollivander’s. I wish I could go with you! It’s so sweet that your giving toys to homeless kids. Every year, my family does something called Operation Christmas Child, where we pack shoe boxes to be sent to different countries around the world. Happy early birthday!
    -Rose

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  11. AHHHHHHH!!!! SAM!!!! CONGRATS!!!! You are an amazing writer and totally deserved it 🙂 Now you must publish your book so I can buy it and read it and put it on my bookshelf! Oh my gosh your birthday is so close! *sends you cake and ice cream* Mmmm, Cool Whip…. Wow that sounds so fun! I hope you enjoy your trip!
    – Katie 🙂

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  12. AHH CONGRATS ON WINNING NANO THAT IS AMAZING AND YOU DEFINITELY DESERVE ALL THE CAKE AND CHOCOLATE OF ALL!! And also that’s so awesome you’re going to Harry Potter world too!! Eeep!

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  13. YAYYYY CONGRATULATIONS SAM. I KNEW YOU COULD DO IT. (Do people call you Sam? Can I call you Sam? *shrugs*) I had to look up permanent record stuff too. XD My character
    gets expelled for using a pocket knife in a fight at school. And finally happy birthdayyyy *hands you cake*

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    1. THANK YOU SO MUCH JOSIE!
      yes Sam is much better and lots of peaople call me Sam so yes you can call me Sam lol XD
      Oooh, my character gets suspended for having matches! *eats cake*

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  14. Oh, I went to HP world in Cali in October and it was AMAZING!!! There’s nothing like seeing a fictional come to life. Ugh I want to go back all over again. And congrats on 50K and finishing your novel!!! That’s AMAZING!!!!! 💖🎉

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