NaNoWriMo 2015 WINNER!

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November 1, 2015 began National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) 2015. I entered the NaNo website in 2011 but because of some drama back then, I had to back out of NaNo. I lost that account so in 2014 I created my new account to try NaNoWriMo again. Unfortunately, I wimped out. I got scared of the big bad writing challenge. I spent November 2014 through September 2015 regretting that decision. I should’ve swallowed my fear, and went for it. So this year, I did. The rejection fear was and is still there, but because I’m a lot more mature and wise now, as compared to my 2011 self, the fear of rejected hate doesn’t scare me anymore. I haven’t completely forgotten about the haters. I just remembered that there’s a lot of people to prove wrong; that I CAN write, that I CAN create art, and that I CAN stand on my own feet without fail.
Guess what? I DID.
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November 1st seemed so long ago. I started a 200 writing document back in September 2015 thinking it was never going to go anywhere…ever. Then my friend sent my procrastinating butt to a writing group online where we all joined hands, posted encouraging words, helped spell check, tell each other that November 30th was looming, and helped kick each other in the motivational butt.
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Guess what? That group WORKED! Everyone knew that I was a procrastinator, and I preferred to watch netflix over writing. It turns out that the royalties I saw in netflix helped motivate me too! After November 9th, I started feeling guilty for not writing at least 200 words a day, because I spent the first week cranking out my novel like a mad woman.  Hell. To me this was just a game. No way could I finish writing this book by the end of the month. I was also optimistic. I laughed and thought how weird it was to undertake this 50K challenge. So I just said screw it. Let’s just write.
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Then BOOM! November 9th hit. I lost 5,000 words to my document. I lost the beautiful description of my side character. I lost the starting conversation in chapter 8 of my novel. I threw in the towel. I said I QUIT. Yes. For the first time in my 27 years of life I said I quit. And so I did…for 3 days and 16 hours. I hid in my writing cave NOT WRITING but marathoning a netflix show in that time. Then anxiety took me. I became antsy, nervous, and I wasn’t able to sit still while my mind ran 1000 miles an hour. My characters started going on strike in my writing head, screaming and shouting. So to shut up my characters, I opened my writing document and began writing again. After that, I cranked out more than I thought I ever could.
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Then 7 days ago, on November 20th while the validation of the NaNo began, I started faltering. I swore I wasn’t going to make my 50K word count. I reached out for help in my 47,500 word count hole, and I got so many responses cheering me on. One of my NaNo buddies said “You’re so close! You’re almost at the finish line! You’re almost done. You might as well finish 50K.” So I continued… again. I plowed like an angry mad woman through 2,000+ words in 49 hours. Low and behold, I checked my word count at 1:30 AM very early this morning, and my jaw hit the floor! I went ABOVE my 50K word count! I blew passed the 50K finish line and am heading towards my 60K finish line! Holy crap! Wow!🏃
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BOOM!! I went from a tiny 200 words on November 1st to 50,365 words on November 27th! Just a little over 27 days! I even posted a graph of my daily writing count on my accounts, and it felt AWESOME to see that bar graph grow taller and taller!! I never felt so proud!
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I even managed to get a cool book cover designer and hopefully I can catch an editor! (Now I feel like I’m fishing. Hahaha…) So now I have no choice but to FINISH writing my Crystal Dreams novel!
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I’m so thankful to be part of such a great NaNo cheerleading team, part of the (almost) publishing world, and part of such a great NaNoWriMo writing group! Thank you to every NaNo writer who had a comment-hand in helping me succeed through my NaNo writing! It really does take a village to raise a child….in this case write a book.
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Microsoft Office Customer Service Representative

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11/14/2015 – 2:05 P.M.
After one whole hour on the phone…

Mr. Jacob from the Microsoft Tech convinced me to let him link his system to my laptop so he could find the other half of my lost NaNoWrMo document which has disappeared. Apparently a virus ate half my document (not the whole document just HALF of it) and I’ve been saving it, but the last 3 days’ work is GONE. Apparently the virus blocked it from being saved (even though I saved my documents on the Microsoft One Drive once ever hour on the dot. I’m weird like that.

So… After 1 LOOOONG hour of hearing him tell me I “NEED TO” upgrade my 9 month old laptop from Windows 8.1 to Windows 10 (W10 comes free but he refused to help load it to my laptop after I asked 4 times) Mr. Jacob loaded a virus scanner onto my laptop, had it find “435 viruses” all while explaining over and over and over again that I needed to buy a antivirus software to help fix my problem. In his quote “It’s only $299.99 for a year and after 365 days you will have to buy a new $299.99 subscription.” (I just found the full software for sale on Amazon for $30 by the way). He also pointed out that a Fifty Shades of Grey video I made and saved on my desktop is “a virus.” FSOG is NOT a virus.

All that debacle and I STILL lost half my document (probably due to a virus) and he was supposed to help find it, but tried to con me into buying something instead! My issue still wasn’t resolved and now I have a stupid virus scanner I need to remove from my laptop.

Ugh!! If you see me with a dent in my forehead, it’s because I hit my head on the wall out of frustration.

On a good note: I got 5 free paperback books in the mail today, and apparently I had more money in my bank account than I thought.

All in all, this was another crappy customer service experience. You’d think that if they have quantity customer service representatives they’d at least invest in the quality of training their employees.