Then we got a foot of snow on October 29.
Our power (and running water, and internet) was out for almost a week. The local Barnes & Noble cafe transformed into a high tech refugee camp. Even Halloween was canceled.
Needless to say, this was not an auspicious start to NaNoWriMo.
NaNo Day 1, I wrote 111 words on my iPhone out of desperation.
Day 2 was Take Your Freezing Mom to Work Day (AKA, the local B&N cafe, or the only place in town with working wifi). Humiliating hijinks ensued. I love my mom, but she can be chatty, so she was asked (nicely, I swear) not to talk my ear off all day while I attempted to work on the bogged down wifi network. At one point during the afternoon, the guy at the table next to us started talking about how we rely so heavily on our technology. He mentioned he was here to work on his novel which was about the ramifications of just that. Plenty of creative inspiration abounded with the unwashed white collar masses camping out in the aisles of B&N, desperate to hook up to their company’s network or charge their Blackberry. He even took out a cover flat of his upcoming second novel (part of a multi-book deal! With Kensington! Totally legit, almost NYT bestselling author!) to show us.
Unfortunately, she chose that moment to tell him I work for a company in Arizona and they don’t understand snow so I’m under a lot of pressure and she’s pretty sure he’s bothering me. And in the same breath, she told him I’m a writer, too.
*dies some more*
By Day 3 of NaNo we’d been without power for 4 days and finally managed to get a hotel room. With heat! And running water! And internet! And I wrote ALL THE WORDS. Well, almost. I was still behind, but I definitely made progress.
I finally caught up to where I needed to be on Day 5–just one day after we got our power back. Currently, my total is 10,171. It’s been quite a week! Hopefully, I’ll gain some momentum over the next few days.
So how goes your NaNo?