Being all geared up to begin the NaNoWriMo challenge last Thursday (Nov. 1st), I spent a good hour writing that evening. Unfortunately, it turned out to be all trash. Instead of going forward, I hit the delete button.  Oh well, only one day lost.

On Friday evening, I had every intention of beginning again, but after a very busy 40-hour work week (at my other job), I was too exhausted to even think straight. Day 2 was gone, also.

Then, on Saturday, my first priority was to compose an essay thanking an exceptional teacher. Having to be less than 600 words, I didn’t imagine it would take very long. However…

On Sunday, I was still working on the essay. Day 3 and 4 passed without any words counted yet for NaNoWriMo.

And before I knew it, it was Monday (yesterday)—a new week, a fresh start. Yeah, right! Day 5 was wasted, too.

So here I am at the computer again—Tuesday evening—Day 6.  If I want to meet the challenge in time, I have to write 50,000 words of a novel in 25 days now, instead of 30.

Can I still do it?


You can read my essay about an exceptional teacher at:

Also, consider writing one yourself and submitting it to It’s a wonderful way to say thank you to a teacher who made a difference in your life.


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