This year’s NaNoWriMo was amazing, my best yet. I should have known it would be when I got to talk to some of the OLL staff over the summer, but that was only the start of some serious awesome.
It all started with a retweet. I was waiting for the NaNoWriMo site to relaunch and tweeted about Wikiwrimo. A few minutes later the official NaNoWriMo account had retweeted it. Then it happened again a few weeks later.
But that didn’t prepare me for the actual forum relaunch. I was away at a family birthday party when the forums went back up, but when I returned, I saw something completely unexpected: one of my questions on the Reference Desk forum. Forum moderator Dragonchilde had solicited questions for the forum description, and mine made the description for an entire year. How much sweater does it take to knit a sweater for a giraffe? I didn’t know, but by the time I returned from that family gathering an hour after relaunch people were already discussing it.
The giraffe sweater thread led to fun things like someone sewing a hoodie for a stuffed giraffe. It also led to me finding out that someone had knitted a sweater for a giraffe, emailing that person, and getting a reply. It turns out that she doesn’t remember how much yarn she used, but she did have pictures.
I remained the top poster in the NaNoWriMo forums for the entire month. To be fair I made most of those posts in October. Still, no one surpassed my October post count. I also may or may have fifty thousand words in post count. Given that I would have to write only thirteen words a post for that goal, I probably do. Part of me wishes I had kept track.
There was #lickmattkinsi and everything that came out of it. You know you want to lick him.
There’s also #50kweekend, the result of leaving MattKinsi, Chomsky-rabbit, and me in the same chat room. I completed #50kweekend in two days and then wrote another 16,000 words on the third day.
And then there’s the word count. My original goal for the month was 150,000 words, but that got shattered when I ended the month with 300,787 words spread out over three novels. My competition with another Wrimo found me soaring above her and competing with several other Wrimos until I soared above them and found myself approach people I dare not compete against. I broke my personal record for longest work ever written twice this month. Considering the new record is 171964 words, I’m pretty sure it won’t be broken for awhile. I had three 20k days this month and set a new single-day record of 27,767 on the first day of 50k weekend. My 20k day one and my overall word count have earned me a mini survival kit and a 2011 planner in a NaNo team community I’m in, which is neat.
I can now maintain 1000 words in fifteen minute spurts and 10k in less than four hours. In fact, the latter was my write-in and non-warring rate this year. This makes 50k in twenty-four hours look doable, especially if I can get the latter down to three.
So how’s this getting topped next year? I’ve already been challenged to do 400,000 words. It’s theoretically possible even with a full-time job, especially if I use the weekends to play catchup. I do know that, Baty forbid, I’m still unemployed during next NaNo, I’m going for 500,000 words and breaking the word count meter. You can mark my words on that.