And in the end–

Well would you look at that!

NaNoWriMo 2013 Winner image

You know, just in case for some reason you hadn’t seen me brag about this somewhere else.

Yesterday I passed 50,000 words around 9 PM, and today I actually finished the story around 4. The whole novel clocked in at 52,150 words, which I think makes it the longest completed thing I’ve ever written.

And the complete is very important to me. It is hard — it is appallingly, tortuously, mind-bogglingly, exasperatingly hard to finish things. “Endings are hard,” says Chuck on Supernatural. “Any chapped-ass monkey with a keyboard can poop out a beginning, but endings are impossible. You try to tie up every loose end, but you never can.”

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A selection of recent Google searches

An adorable puppy.

This was also relevant to a project, but more importantly, it’s a puppy.

Or, how I keep the NSA entertained:

These are only the searches I’ve made for various writing projects, including but not limited to (In)NaNoWriMo. I leave it as an exercise for the reader to figure out what searches have to do with what.

I swear to god, “tom hiddleston leather” was relevant to a project.

Not that it really needs to be relevant to a project. Or it’s relevant to every project. All of the above. What was I saying?

With a single step, etc etc

For the curious — or the cheerleader-inclined — among you, I’ve added a (In)NaNoWriMo* wordcount widget to my sidebar. Now the world can keep me accountable for my wordcount.

50,000 words, I am coming for you, one poorly written line at a time.

(*An Australian friend of mine has pointed out that it really out to be InterNational Novel Writing Month. I’m bad at remembering to call it that — NaNoWriMo rolls off the tongue so nice! — but it’s a good point, so this year I’m trying to include the (In). Rock on, non-American writers!)