September 2, 2004

Grunt Pumping

Yesterday I decided to make my run of twos work for me. I had two chapters left to write -- 14 and 15. So. I wrote them.

I grunt pumped out 8,000 words in about seven hours. It was INSANE. I abandoned my children to the ministrations of my husband and shut myself in my office (WHICH HAS DOORS) and I alternated between crazed pacing and muttering to myself and machinegun bursts of frenzied typing. When I finally emerged, I was ravenous, wild-eyed, trailing great drifts of torn-out hair and scalp chunks in my wake. Not pretty. But I was so happy that I ran around and around the house in circles saying LOOKA ME LOOKA ME until my husband tackled me. He all but force-fed me chocolate until I was sedated.

A novel is about 80,000 words…so, hey! I pumped out 1/10th of a novel yesterday. Yipes. From this fact I shall draw TWO (yes two again) scientifically viable conclusions:

1) Maybe I AM a hen after all.
2) NOW that I have DOORS on my office, THEORETICALLY it should be possible for me to draft a complete novel in just over a week. If I don’t mind being completely self-snatched baldheaded. I think this grants me the inalienable right to drive past NANOWRIMO headquarters and yell CANDY BUTTS! CANDY BUTTS! out the window.

Posted by joshilyn at September 2, 2004 9:49 AM

Well, I think you should GO FOR the novel-a-week plan. I mean, you'll miss the hair, but it's worth it to give the world roughly fifty Joshilyn Jackson novels a year. I mean.
And don't you want to LIVE LIKE THIS? Not today, the pleased as punch with oneself, but yesterday, the flogging of oneself over the computer? THAT was fun, no?

Posted by: Kira at September 2, 2004 10:36 AM

Congrats! What a feat! You always seem to be able to make the impossible happen. The hen theory is really sounding good. One quick question, what does this do to the mental illness number?

Posted by: Joe at September 2, 2004 10:38 AM

You are awesome! And hen-like! And bald, but that's okay because look at all you wrote! ;)

Posted by: Mir at September 2, 2004 10:40 AM


Had to say it TWO times for you. ;o)

Posted by: Heather at September 2, 2004 12:17 PM

Wow girl, that is just amazing!!!

Posted by: Tiff at September 2, 2004 6:56 PM

You are two two times awesome awesome! Congrats!!!

Posted by: AGK at September 3, 2004 7:41 AM