Two Newsy Bits


Challenge #2?

I did it.

Fifty thousand words, thirteen days early.

And the words are good, and I love these characters, and this draft is so much better than last year's. So I'm rethinking that whole, "I'm over NaNo" thing.

Maybe I'm not.

And I wish this announcement were exciting or funny, because it's a BIG DEAL. But I'm drained — of energy, of emotion. Of everything.

Thank you, EVERYONE, for your support, and an especially enormous, grateful, and overwhelmed thank you and I love you to Kiersten White. There are no words to describe the gift you have given me.

I am back.


I'm off to San Francisco.

A little business, a little pleasure, and a lot of delicious food. San Francisco is my favorite city in America, and it's been far too long since I've hiked her hills.

Talk to you all next week!

Jarrod and I were engaged at the bottom of this hill. The Coldplay puppets were not in attendance that day.

In the meantime . . .

Keep writing, NaNo-ers! GO GO GO! RAH RAH RAH!!


  1. WOW! I've been following on twitter and I'm in awe!!! Congrats and have a blast in San Fran!

  2. Wow! You're simply amazing! I don't think I have the time to finish any more than a day early. And I'll probably finish at 11.57 on November 30.

    I doubt I'll ever get over nano. I need it to get anything done :(

  3. Congrats! That's amazing! I've been stalled but seeing your post has reinvigorated me to get going again!

    Have fun in SF!

  4. I saw your wordcount soar on my Writing Buddies page on the NaNo website, and I want to send you huge, enormous, confetti-filled congratulations!!! (And two extra exclamation points.)

    Have fun in San Francisco!

  5. I an totally blown away by you finishing a novel in 18 days

  6. Congratulations! That is AMAZING.

    Have a wonderful time in San Francisco!

  7. Wow you are an inspiration, even for us who are not even doing NaNo.
    Have a fun time in San Francisco! And remember next time you come to Arizona we need to be friends!!

  8. Woa! Congrats to you -- that is incredible!

    Have fun in SanFran!

  9. Have fun, Steph! You deserve a trip after all that work. Take lots of picture for me, okay?

  10. Awesome Sauce! I watched your word count go up un my writing buddies page and i cheered you on from MN.
    Have fun in San Fran

  11. You have seriously raised the bar!

  12. Huzzah! Whenever I don't feel like writing I look at your progress bar to feel inspired!

    Have fun in San Francisco!

  13. This doesn't make you a ROBOT, does it? ;) JK

    I hope you guys have a great time!

  14. Yay! HAIL STEPHANIE!!! You are such disciplined @ committed writer! Mine is still far from that count :(

    Anyway, have fun in San Fransisco. I heard a lot about that city. Oh how I wish I could go there soon.

  15. *bows down before the goddess of NaNoWriMo and offers up chocolate truffles as a sacrifice*

  16. Still so, SO proud of you, and also very glad you have a vacation to a beautiful place with your awesome hubby as a reward : )

    You're amazing!

  17. wow you rock. Im so jealous right now.

  18. Happy Birthday!! (Kiersten said it was your BD) I am amazingly proud of you. I am failing miserably in my NaNoFiMo quest.....and life has intruded, as it has a tendency to do ...so I am trying not to be jealous of your progress.

    But I still am.

    Have a great Thanksgiving!!!

    (Are the boyfriends invited for turkey? Or do the HBM's not even get the whole Thanksgiving thing, what with being British and all?)


  19. That's a-may-zing! I unforunately have not had the same experience with NaNo *failing it miserably* And Thank you for stopping by my site! It was such a (lovely!)surprise to see your name in the comments section :)

    have a great time in San Francisco!

  20. Thank you so much for these wonderful comments, everyone. They mean the world to me.

    Connie — I can't wait until my next Phoenix trip, whenever it may be :)

    Shelley — Oh, they're down for Thanksgiving! The first year, they were like, "Whatevs." But then they saw the massive spread of food, and their eyes grew wide, and their tummies growled, and THEY UNDERSTOOD.