There's little middle-ground between the whoops of joy and the gnashing of teeth. Another Nanowrimo ends and as the dust settles, let's see who's still made the finish line.
Not me. I wimped out after 11,ooo words and the Philippines trip and the couple of deadlines I hadn't reckoned on getting thrown at me. But I'm so happy to see that others have reached their 50,000 words. Organised veterans Chet and Mabel and Erna among them for whom the Nano is a breeze.
A big hurray for the first timers who climbed that word mountain and proved something very important to themselves about writing. Among them sham, and swifty, and 3rd chimp (even in the midst of packing up all her wordly possessions, three dogs and two cats to go home to the US). 3rd chimp a.k.a Miss Wonderley (pictured left) is a veteran writer and was working on a novel even before this - but she says that she so loved the way this competition forced her to churn out words and the fluency it engendered that she's going to put herself under this kind of pressure from now on.
What's made me especially happy was a phone call and an e-mail I received yesterday.
Those who were at the first Nanowrimo meet-up at 1 Utama will remember a charming older gentleman called Huang (right). He contacted me yesterday to ask me how to send in his words - and he'd reached 73,000 and wanted to keep going!!
The phone call was from Gayle Peters who has been a regular at the MPH Writer's Circle Meetings and was thrilled to bits that she'd reached her target and printed off her certificate. Another older competitor, Gayle managed the 50,000 words with just one functioning hand!
Detractors can scoff about the Nanowrimo all they want. The event creates a very special magic, and may that magic spread even further across the face of the earth in 2006.
Now who else won? Anyone know the numbers??
(photos by see ming)