Tuesday, November 30, 2010

The End of NaNoWriMo

- National Novel Writing Month
- it's actually an international event... not just a national one
- a challenge to write a 50,000 word novel during the month of November

- that I got halfway! 25,337
- the idea behind it
- the support I recieved from friends, new and old, from all over the world: Poland, UK and South Africa, Australia
- how much my husband encouraged me and believed in me
- that this is the longest thing I have ever written; it is over twice the length of my English Honours thesis
- that the story is interesting, and that I still love it
- that three of my five writing buddies reached 50,000 words! WELL DONE!!!!!!!!

- that I only got halfway
- having a sore wrist for several days, which hampered writing
- Getting so far behind that it would have been really hard to catch up, though still possible

Next year?
- I want to try again.
- Now that I've done it once and learnt a bit about it, I think I'm more likely to reach 50,000 if I try again.


  1. Thanks for the encouragement, I don't mind being congratulated 13 hours early :)
    Now all I have to do is edit my book. That will be less easy.

  2. hello my name is sulem can you help me with this part of the hat maybe by making a short video on how to do it i would really appriciate it thank you...
    Adult sizes only:
    Round 8: chain 3, and into the same stitch make (1dc, ch1, 2dc) (to make a shell).
    Then, sk2st, dc in each of the next two stitches, sk2st, *(2dc, ch1, 2dc) into next st,
    sk2st, make dc in each of next two stitches, sk2st, repeat from *, join with a slst into the
    third turning chain. (12 shells, 24 dc)
    Round 9: slst into top of first dc, sc into the chain-space, chain 3 and into same chainspace
    (dc, ch1, 2dc), make a fpdc around each of the two dc stitches from the previous
    round, *(2dc, ch1, 2dc) into next chain-space, fpdc around each dc from the previous
    round, repeat from *, join with a slst into third turning chain (12 shells, 24 fpdc)

  3. Hi Sulem,
    I am sorry to say that I do not have the means to make a video tutorial.
    It is very hard to know exactly which bit you are struggling with when you copy and paste so much of the pattern. If it is the fpdc (front post doube crochet), this is a good video tutorial: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yIu4HfUpvsY
    Other than that, all I can suggest is following the pattern step by step, remembering that instructions in brackets all get done in the same stitch.


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