Friday, November 30, 2007

A Toast!

OhMAN! Will you just look at that? Finally. Finally I made the winner's circle and got one of these coveted little back-patters. I can't stop grinning.

And you ought to see the incredibly impressive certificate they award you. I've got it downloaded but haven't printed it off yet. But I'm gonna. Oh yes indeedy. I sweated blood for that puppy and I'm sure gonna show it off.

Final official validated word count: 52,481 words. Most of which are sheer crap, of course. But that's what first drafts are for. It's the next draft -- and the one or two or three after that where you start sorting out the mess and trying to make something faintly respectable out of it.

Not right now, though. I have to give my fingers time to grow out again because I've worn them off down to the first knuckle joints.

Actually, I'm thinking it might be fun to begin the sorting phase. There are some interesting components to mess with. Parallel worlds and magicians and high-tech inventors and a castle that behaves like a space ship and Bigfoot and chocolate -- oh yes. I got chocolate in there. It's rather the star of the show. Even Ralph turned up as a character. He was a hero, I'm glad to say.

Ah, but that's for later. Let it simmer for awhile. The stew is always better after a good simmer. As for me, I'm going to finish my beer and go to bed, that's what I'm going to do.

Beer? Well, yes. I should have grabbed a bottle of champagne when I dashed up to the market this afternoon but a school bus full of kids had packed the place and people were wall-to-wall, so to speak, around the counter and down the aisles so, frankly, I didn't even think about it. However, once I got the manuscript uploaded to the validation counter, I popped the tab on a can of Miller. It says right on the front "The Champagne of Beer." Works for me.

Cheers! And good night, for I am toast.


Anonymous said...

Seems I'm first here to say a big well done, Dee! That's no mean feat in itself and, along the way, you've managed to keep us CBGd up as well. Not to mention Thanksgiving. Time for chocolate now? :-)

Becky said...

Congratulations! That's a thing worthy of pride!

Bex said...

Congratulations... let's see, for my work I type about 7,000 LINES (not words) a week, don't know how many words that comes out to because we count the actual characters and then multiply by 50 for one line count...but that's 350,000 characters (not including spaces which, in my humble opinion, are just as important as the characters!) per week, so if you agree that an average word might be 5 characters long, that's a total of 70,000 words a week that I type for work.

I've never entered a writing contest because after typing that much for work, there's no time leftover for me!

Bonnie said...

Well congrats lady of words. btw just where can we find them to have a read?

Blogger must of found their full page goof but now they don't have the button for other folk so we have to become anon.
Oh wait there is a place for nickname.

Selena said...

Congratulations Dee! Well deserved, I say. Still think you should celebrate with Champagne though ~ LOL

Sil in Corea said...

Good Job, Dee!!! That's a remarkable achievement. Your fingers deserve a medal, for sure! And your imagination, too. That sounds like something I'd like to get my eyeballs around.


Hugs and Congratulations,
~ Sil in Corea

Jo said...

And a trophy well worth cheering about, Dee. Great job. I may be inspired to try this next year myself. What does it mean to be a winner, though? You weren't the only winner, or were you?

Mage And George said...

Oh ARE a winnah!

The Old Guy said...

Dee, buy yourself a copy of Dragon Naturally Speaking and you'll only have to correct the errors that are produced by homonyms and ambiguous pronunciations. And your fingers will remain at their current length.

Way to go, though.

Dee said...

Ah, thank you, Coffee Mates, one and all. You make me feel good. (big goofy grin)

No, Bonnie, there is NO place you can go to read those words. We never want folks to read first drafts because they are SO messy and discombobulated and just plain weird. They're meant to be a starting place for better stuff.

Jo, no, I wasn't the only winner by any means. What "winner" means at NaNoWriMo is that you stuck to it all the way through.

Bill, your suggestion about Dragon makes me chuckle. A friend recently got that program and was explaining about some of the errors that come when it misunderstands what you're saying. At one point, Dragon was sure it was "broke my pants" when "hands" was the word intended.

Anonymous said...

Blogger seems to have changed the rules for the comments box, Dee, and demands you either register or go in as anonymous (yes, that's me, above).

I have a dusty old copy of Dragon around somewhere. Tried it, really I did, hard as hard. Had to give in, though. Seemed my intonation varies, along with speed of delivery and volume--all too much for the poor old thing.

As you imply, though, most writing on the computer is actually correcting and revising and shoving stuff about; for that, I found Dragon impossible.

Some folks really get on with it, though.

John Bailey aka

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