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NaNoWriMo 2012 – The Finish Line!

For those of you who are new to following me on my blog here, welcome!!  Let me take a moment to briefly describe what Aurorae Rising is about and then I’ll jump into what I’ve accomplished over the past three weeks.

Aurorae Rising is an adventure novel about an errand boy charged with the strangest delivery order of his life – escorting a sealed document on a cross-country dirigible race to a neighboring land.”

Now to the big news!

My Target Project Goal: 50,000 / 50,000

Actual Word Count: 50,061 / 50,000

Words Written Today: 8,102

Hours Today: 4.00

Total Hours on Project: 37.25

Average Daily Word Count: 2,086


Day 24 – The Final Day

So, the last you heard from me was on November 17th when I was posting my stats for the 16th of the month.  Over the past week, I floundered a bit, got several days behind in my writing, and recovered over the Thanksgiving Holiday to catch up, push ahead, and punch through the magical 50k number to become a NaNoWriMo winner!

I have a LOT of feelings bouncing around in my brain now.  I’m in very great need of something bubbly to drink to celebrate with, and maybe a shower.  I finished at 10:00pm last night, the 24th, and was really tired.  I just, honestly, wanted to finish. I didn’t want to drag this out another day.  So the main feeling was relief that I could stop writing after 8,000 words in a single day (a new record!!!), then, when I shared the news with my husband, there was joy.

As a writer, I have come to recognize that no-one will ever appreciate your success as much as you do so you’d better celebrate those moments when they come.  You’ll also find that some people aren’t as happy for you as you’d think.  You discover who your friends truly are… and you make time to thank those who wept and laughed with you along the way.

Thank You’s ~

I just want to put it out there that I appreciate how supportive all of my loved ones — and my new online friends — who have cheered me on and sometimes, just pestering to find out “How’s that word count going?”  Your support has been awesome.

Thanks to FreeDigitalPhotos for the fun, celebratory photo.

Thanks also to the lovely Svenia Liv for her Microsoft Excel Wordtracker spreadsheet to keep track of all the numbers.

Thank you to my incredibly supportive husband, Dennis, for his faith in me, and the understanding he offered on the days I failed to meet my goals and that Week 2-3 slump when things seemed really bleak.  Thanks for the bottles of blueberry cider too sweetheart! *pops a cork*

Most of all, a special thank you to my Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.  Without you, I am nothing.  With Your strength, all things are possible.  Thank you Lord for helping my with this step in my journey.


This entry was posted in: Writing


Lauren Miller is a Midwestern born writer with a passion for Jesus, the written word, and dogs. She has two decades of experience in the library field and reviews books for the Historical Novels Review (UK). She likes to spend her free time enjoying period films, discovering new reads, and being surrounded by other people’s pets. Lauren, her husband, and their wily Maine Coon (who isn’t quite a dog) live in Missouri. You can learn more about Lauren’s writing at LaurenJoanMiller.com.


  1. I’m going to be looking for beta readers who’d like to read Aurorae Rising, pre-publication. If you’re interested in participating, leave a comment here with your email address or shoot me an email at lauren@laurenmillerbooks.com and let me know you’d like to be a part of the evolution of the story’s revision before it makes the rounds for publication. I’ll do a post about this too (as a reminder) before the first emails are sent out as well.


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