Monday, November 12, 2012

12 days of craziness!

 Whew!  I am finished!  50,158 words and I am finished with my NaNoWriMo novel, Defiance.  I can finally get some good sleep tonight!  I've been staying up later to get more writing done and giving up sleep in exchange.  I've also been slacking on my exercising. 

Here's the final update of my progression:

NaNoWriMo Word Count - "Defiance"
Day Seven:  34,111
Day Eight: 36,202
Day Nine:  38,275
Day Ten:  41,414
Day Eleven:  46,284
Day Twelve:  50,158

I am done!  I would like to thank Cheryl for doing some #1k1hr sprints with me on Saturday!  It seriously helped!  I am not really sure I like the ending of the story, but that's okay.  There are several things I'd change, but I don't have to worry about that for a while since I am going to put it away until after the new year!
How I feel about my book ending
I am in shock.  I have written SIX novels!!  Wow, now that is an accomplishment!  I think I deserve some chocolate or something for that. :)

Here's a little excerpt from "Defiance":

How I imagine Anise to look

But there was another hiding behind the boys.  She was small, a little girl only five or six years old.  Her blond hair was pulled back and strands were braided.  Her eyes were grey, but not frightened.  They seemed curious.  A smile pulled at her red lips. 

“Who is this?” I asked, keeping my voice soft.

“Her name is Anise,” Liam said.  “She was the last one I freed.  Anise is a very special little girl, aren’t you, 

Anise smiled at Liam’s nickname and praise.  “Yes.”  Her voice was soft and musical, pure and untainted.

“What is your gift, Anise?” Declan inquired.

“I’m an illusionist.  I can make things appear to be there, but they really aren’t.  But they never let me use my gifts.  The men feared me because of the images I could show them.”

“Why did you show them those images?” I said, frowning.

Anise’s voice was sad.  “I just wanted them to feel sad because I was alone, but they still never let me go home.  I don’t even know what happened to my mommy.  We were at the mall when they took me.”

Liam must have noticed my confused expression.  “Illusionists are usually born to non-magical parents, ironically.  Her mother probably suspected, but she couldn’t tell anyone without Anise being taken away.  Apparently the Center stole her from a playground.  Her mother probably doesn’t even know where she went.”

“That’s horrible.  I’m so sorry, Anise.  If we get out of these, we will try to find your mommy.”

Anise smiled and I felt like my heart was melting from the sweetness of the little girl.  She lifted her hands and a ball of light appeared in her hands.  It quickly turned into blue, green, and yellow flames, and appeared to be burning in a round circle.  It was beautiful and terrifying at the same time.  Anise put her hands down and it disappeared.

“I like to make pictures,” she said.

“Would you like to help us?” I said, getting down on my knees in front of the little girl.  “We want to get out of here and save the rest of our friends.”

Anise nodded.  She was so full of trust and youth.  I didn’t want to taint her innocence, but we really didn’t have a choice in the matter.  Declan and I agreed to take her with us to confront Seth.  She would stay in the background and distract the Enforcers until Liam could release Effie to help knock out the rest of the men.  Then we would only have Trent and Seth to deal with.  Only, yeah I wish it wasn’t a big deal. 

“Good luck,” Liam said.  “I won’t leave without you this time.  I’m saving Mira and all of us are getting out of here, together.”

“I really hope this plan works out better than our last plan,” Declan laughed.  “The last one truly sucked.  I don’t think we could have done any worse.”

I frowned, turning back at him.  “We could have done worse; we could all be dead.  But instead, we are trapped here again and about to take on Trent and Seth.  Other than that, this place is quite charming.”

“I agree.  I think if we repaint the walls and erase the fact that this place has killed a good number of people like Hitler, we could maybe consider making this our summer home?”

It all seemed fairly well, but I had to ask the question.  “Who’s Hitler?”
Declan smacked his forehead with the palm of his head.  “I definitely think Godwin’s law applies in this situation.”

Hope you enjoyed the little sneak-peak!  Good luck to all of you still working on your NaNo novels!  You can do it - just keep writing! :)


  1. Wow!! A big congratulations is in order. Three cheers and hugs all around. *throws confetti and blows those little noise maker thingy*

    1. Thanks!! (brushes confetti out of hair) I am so happy to be done! :)

  2. Well done!! I'm no where near finished!!

    Great excerpt :-)

    1. Thanks Nessa! Keep going - you can finish it!

      Thanks! It's a scene towards the end and I really like how it turned out. :)

  3. Finishing an entire novel in 12 ways is very impressive!

  4. Yeah! So excited for you! Go have lots and lots of chocolate!

    1. Thanks Krista! I definitely rewarded myself with some chocolate! Yum yum. :)

  5. Congratulations, Krista! You deserve some chocolate! Your excerpt was amazing! :)

    1. Thanks Livia! It's probably my favorite scene in the book - Anise is a such a small character, but I really like here. :)

  6. HOW DO YOU DO IT???
    I can't even keep up with NaNoWriMo between work and school let alone finish early!
    Well definitely congratulations indeed! :)

    1. How? I lost sleep, lots of sleep and I wrote a very rough draft, but I think I can make it into something good someday. :)

      It was really hard to write when I work 40 hours a week, have to help with my family, exercise, have an actual life, and write. But I sacrificed some of my life and I think it was worth it. :)


    2. I'm lame and got sick and have been using that as a god awful excuse for my falling behind. I'm going to do the best I can to catch up and finish though!
      Plus I reaaalllyyy want the 50% off Scrivener code because I'm pretty much in love with the program..

    3. It is an excuse to use, but you can't overuse it. :) Do some serious writing over the weekend and I bet you can catch up! :)

      I've never used the program, but it does seem interesting to me. :)

  7. WOW that's amazing! Congratulations for finishing so quickly. I hope you catch up on your sleep soon. Anise sounds like an awesome character

    1. Thanks Heather! :) I am slowly catching up on sleep and it's nice. Anise is oddly a very small character, but she is probably one of my favorites. :)

  8. That's great! 50K words in 12 days is amazing! You certainly deserve chocolate! The excerpt sounded intriguing, too!

  9. 50K in 12 days is awe-inspiring. Congratulations! I really enjoyed the excerpt, too.