IT WAS A SUCCESS!
I had the same group of girls minus one (she had too much on her plate), and one Newbie, Gionna. We had a blast. We met once a week (a couple times we met twice) and the girls just BLEW AWAY their goals. Everyone got a second goal, and everyone nailed it too.
At the end of NaNo, I gave out gifts this time. Amanda got the Writer’s Award for 2014, which was an inked pen, and Ava got the Writer’s Award for 2015. Amanda got it for rocking her 10k words last year, and Ava wrote over 9k this year. She was a machine just like Amanda.
I also gave everyone a little gift to help them with their creative: a little beaded bracelet with a special charm with their initial. I called it their Creative Talisman. It came in a little jar. I told everyone to take it out if their creativity ever failed them, and they needed some inspiration (I will try to get a picture of one to share).
Everyone was so happy and loved our second NaNoWriMo Finale party. I had so much fun with these girls. Always such an inspiration. So many amazing stories. Dancer stories. Talking dogs that were kidnapped. Superhero dogs that were dealing with bullies. A world much like Once Upon a Time. And a girl who was invisible because she had no confidence because of bullies and her best friend had to help her get it back. Love it.
Here are some shots from our last Write-In. I’ll get some from the party too. (They aren’t on my computer. They are in the abyss of my fiance’s computer.)
What about me you ask? I had a ROUGH time. Just take a look…
I was so behind! It was hard with work and with the baby, and then there was that week I wrote NOT ONE WORD. I had a business trip in between, and that didn’t help. One day, I had to drive to CT for work, and on the way there and on the way back (about 3 hours each way) I speech-to-text’d my story. 12,000 words in one day! See the jump? That was exhausting but thrilling 🙂
I had a lot more to do, and it was stressful; but in the end, my NaNoNites all cheered me on and inspired me, and I hit my goal…on the way home, on the last day, driving, speech to texting, right before I walked in the door….
It was a triumph for me for sure.
My final words to them for NaNoWriMo 2015:
“So, my beautiful and wonderful and amazing and inspiring NaNoNites…. I am so incredibly proud of all of you. Every year I listen to your stories and am simply wow’d at your creativity. This year was no different. So many words… So many word sprints… So many catchups… You all are so inspiring. Thank you for rooting me on and giving me the push to make it to 50,000. You don’t know how much that meant to me. I’ll always keep your support with me as MY creative talisman ❤️ Please enjoy the final 6 NaNoToons… one of them had me crying yesterday because it was so beautiful. It made me think of how important it is for us to push each other and support each other. We can do anything when we inspire. Even write over 12,000 words in one day 😉 I love you all, and I can’t wait for next year!”