Two weeks in, and I'm running about 7000 words short. My outline is pretty trashed, but I'd estimate I'm about 15% through it.
I'd expected to be somewhere else at this point. I thought I would either be right on the edge of succeeding, word-count-wise, or that I would have given up. Instead, I'm like the last sailor on a sinking ship, still bailing with a leaky bucket. The ship is going to go down, there's no question of that. But I'm still here.
Last night I spent 45 minutes finishing a post and put it up at 9:15PM, then went off to play City of Villians. I played for about two hours, mostly with koogrr, ltwarhound, and terrycloth. As we were running "one last quick mission" to level Little Critter (Terrycloth's stalker), kagetsume and boingdragon logged in their villains and joined us.
It was great.
I don't feel like playing games with my friends is keeping me from getting the NanoNovel done on time. I feel like it's keeping me from giving up on the project entirely. And probably neither one is true, but I do know that when I finished that post last night I was in a pretty crummy mood. Spending two hours hanging out with people I love and playing a good game cheered me up immensely, as I'm sure Lut can attest. It's one of those things that I'm not only glad to be doing, but glad to have done, too. I was sorry to leave after the last mission, especially since I'd gotten to spend so little time playing with Kage and Boing. (Also, a six-player team composed entirely of my friends is a very rare thing for me and big teams are a whole lot of fun in City of *.) But it was late and I have to be at work early on Wednesdays.
Anyway, I find that I'm still in a good mod today, despite my ongoing inability to churn out words for my NanoNovel. And I want to thank all my friends for that. So: thank you. You're the best. <3