Summing Up and Shutting Down

Last day of Nano.

I didn’t wind up hitting 50,000. I did come up with a bunch of short stories that wouldn’t have existed, if I didn’t set a November goal.

Short stories are much more immediate than a novel. It won’t take me six months to revise short stories and get them out the door.

The stories I wound up with aren’t quite as made-to-order as I expected them to be. I didn’t sit down and write all of my Storytime stories, for instance. I sat down. I wrote. I wound up with stories that are completely inappropriate for that particular blog hop. With the exception of Halloween, I don’t generally stick to the theme, anyway, but no. I probably wouldn’t read most of these to children.

I wasn’t as active on the nano forums as I have been in the past. I’m going to blame the Pandemic for that. Maybe my job. At the end of the day, I just don’t have the energy to talk to more strangers. (Hi. If you’re new to the blog, please leave a comment.)

It’s an odd year. That pretty much sums it up. Nano may have pulled me back on track, but it didn’t produce the sheer magnificence that I was hoping for. It didn’t result in my meeting the weird and wonderful people I usually do. I didn’t win. I didn’t buy a t-shirt.

I might feel more enthusiastic, when I start getting those stories out the door. That was the purpose of the thing, after all

So, what about you? Did you do Nano this year? Did you make progress toward your goals? Did it feel the way you expected it to?


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