To say that I’ve fallen a bit behind in my daily wordcount would be charitable. Simple math with allow you to determine, using the (finally available!) NaNoWriMo wordcount indicator and a calendar, that I’m several points behind in what I need to be “on track.” My writing progress over the weekend … well, wasn’t, but I wouldn’t trade it for ten thousand words (or even fifty thousand).

Friday night, cookiemonger and I watched Deathly Hallows Part 1 with my mom. Saturday morning we hung out my brother-in-law, playing first (and losing, naturally) a game of Arkham Horror, then (and doing much better at) Borderlands. On Sunday, we attended church with more of the family, and we returned to, and finished out the day with, Deathly Hallows Part 2 at my mom’s house. It was a very relaxing weekend.

While it makes me uncomfortable to think that I’m behind the projected daily wordcount for National Novel Writing Month, I don’t blame anyone for any perceived failure on my part to keep up. First of all, I have nothing to prove. I’ve already bested this challenge two years running. If I don’t cross the fifty thousand word finish line by November Thirtieth, I’ve lost nothing. And that isn’t the sore loser in me talking, either.

I have been working toward my goal almost every day of the month, and I continue to strive toward the completion of my novel. NaNoWriMo just happens to coincide with that goal. If I complete NaNo, then yay, but my goal is to finish my novel, not “race to the finish.” Producing a marketable, or even salable novel is more important to me than finishing within a specific time frame. And 50k is too short for a novel anyway.

Last night I stayed up until after midnight to cram in a little over two thousand words, and I had some trouble getting up this morning. I still got to work on time because it’s a thing I do … actually, I was early, because I’m always early. Do I like to stay up that late? No, I don’t. Do I like dragging myself to the shower, and then to work? No, I don’t. Will I keep doing it anyway? Yes, at least for this month. To reach the finish line.

This book is going to be finished because it must be, NaNo be damned.