I know I have not written in a very long time, but I wanted to make an announcement.
I have just completed my second 50,000 word National Writing Month Novel!
I began this novel on November 1, and today I finished with 50,017 words.
Obviously, this novel is a rough draft, but I intend to rewrite it and polish it until it is readable to someone who isn’t me. So I will not post any excerpts from the story, but I will let you read some of the acknowledgments from the end of the book. I hope you enjoy.
First of all, I obviously must thank (my friend who I won’t name). You have been my writing buddy for two consecutive National Writing Months. You of all people know exactly why there are acknowledgments at the end of this garbage rough draft slash first draft of this novel. I have finished the story (more or less) but I am still at, like, 49,042 words, and I am using this as a lazy way of meeting my goal of fifty thousand words. Thanks for giving me this excuse. You are great.
Second of all, to all of my family. For being supportive and encouraging and for mostly leaving me alone and occasionally going out to coffee with me to sit in silence while I write.
This is also particularly to my dad who makes me feel like a superhero for writing a single word. Thanks. I know that you will write your book one day too. You will probably outline it and think through what you are doing. I will probably never do that for my entire life.
And to my sister, roommate, and “best” friend (I put that in quotations because I do not want to hurt anyone’s feelings and you might do something in the near future and you will lose your title. Ha). You will probably be able to quickly tell that you are basically one the characters in this book. I hope you like her. I tried my best and she is really only a cardboard version of you as you are a complex and amazing person. Knowing you, you will probably like Loki better anyway (he is kind of in here because you like him so much and Norse myths are fun). Thank you for reading all of the same myths I did so that I could bounce ideas off of you and make weird jokes. Honestly “Iliad” might be our own personal language.
I also want to thank some people that I will never meet: C S Lewis, J R R Tolkien (and all of the cast of The Lord of the Rings movies. You killed it), and Mister Fred Rogers. You have all inspired me more than I will ever be able to say. You have obviously inspired my writing but also my life in general.
Then there also the current writers that I love and may possibly meet. First there is Neil Gaiman. A View from the Cheap Seats helped my writing out a lot. But I also love all of your fiction particularly Neverwhere. Then there is Lemony Snicket who wrote the most inspiring pep talk in the world on the National Novel Writing Month website and all while trying to discourage me from finishing this novel. You are a genius.
For some reason it felt right to put this last, but I thank God (I wish that statement didn’t sound cliche. I am being entirely honest and not just saying because I have to). It was you who started off the great story and has inspired every story ever. It was you who created hope and the afterlife and absolutely everything in every book ever and particularly this one.
Please don’t feel sad if you are not in my acknowledgements. I wrote this up in about 15 minutes because I was getting tired of stretching the ending of the story out.