The end of NaNoWriMo always feels like the end of a month-long show for me. I spend a month writing a novel in a community of like-minded individuals: talking through ideas; providing support and receiving it; generally socialising with people as mad as me...
The people are what make the month as important as it is. Just as with theatre, NaNo can expose deep emotions within those writers that partake in it, and I have formed bonds within that community as strong as any I have created in theatrical or other environments. I hold my NaNo family very close to my heart.
This year was a little different to my previous experiences as I was only in Toronto for half of the month, but I still managed to attend a couple of events, including the wonderful overnighter that the Toronto NaNo group holds - an event that runs from 10pm on the penultimate Saturday through to breakfast the next day. Equal parts social and write-in, it is thoroughly enjoyable, and was no less so this year.
I got some great feedback on The Puppet Master as well, which is helping me as I edit The Night Banks and in my work on the new novel. Sure, I did not hit my 100K goal, but I am delighted with the work I did. Speaking of The Puppet Master, competition winners will receive an e-mail from me before Friday.
I also managed to get my affairs fixed over there - to ship my possessions back over to England - quickly enough that I caught up with almost all of my old friends and met many new ones at the same time.
It never ceases to fascinate me how people communicate and connect - something I'm sure I will blog on in the future - and the fact that a single party (let alone the other get-togethers I went to) could introduce me to such a group of people that I already miss greatly, despite having met most of them once or twice at most, is wonderful.
Whether they were someone I travelled a few extra miles to see, someone I had known for years but ran out of time to catch up with, someone I met just once and look forward to seeing again, or someone in-between who left an indelible mark on me, every person contributed to make this such a fantastic trip. Thank you all, and I look forward to our next encounters.
I find myself wondering once again where my 'home' truly lies. I have said before, and will say again that home is where the heart is. In that case, my home is on two different continents and in four different cities.
Some people might argue that you can only have one home, but I find that communication and connections often create relationships with people and places that really blur the issue...
- David's final word count: 73, 637
- Toronto final word count: 33, 762, 929 (11th highest word count by NaNo region - London was 4th, after Germany, Seattle and Maryland)
- Final global word count (as of December 3rd): 2, 909, 151, 985 (that's almost 3 BILLION words worldwide)