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coming of age story of getting to know your family in the worst of times.
Here are winners and participant badges for 2009. Feel free to use them on your blogs, websites etc...
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That blog title is me quoting Hamlet like a nerd. Welcome to the final hours of NaPlWriMo 2009, everyone. I wish I had been a far more active blogger. I started off writing this post as a comment in the daily check-in thread, but for once I actually felt like my thoughts were organized enough to warrant a blog post.
I don't know about everyone else, but this month for me was so exhausting. I have one more week of classes for my MFA and then my first semester is over, which is absolutely crazy. I've been working so hard between classes and my job that the month just flew by in a stream of coffee and sleep deprivation. I am left today with 51 pages of my full-length, although not all of that was written in November. No win for me, but there is always next year. I feel like I've grown SO MUCH as a writer since last November, and in that sense I feel like much more of a winner (how sappy of me).
I felt inspired to write this blog entry because of a comment I received when we workshopped my newest scene in class this afternoon. I wrote it last night and tweaked it a little this morning. The actors read through it, and when it was over, my professor said that it seems like now, six scenes in, I finally found my first scene--where the play should begin (not that everything before it should be scrapped, but that scene six could be moved to the opening). I find it funny and oddly appropriate that I seem to have found my beginning as NaPlWriMo ends. Because if you're like me and didn't quite make it this year, or even if you've been done for over a week now, November 30 doesn't mean it's over. It could, on the contrary, be just beginning.
I want to say congratulations to everyone who took part in NaPlWriMo this year, whether you end at midnight tonight with a win or not. There's still just about seven hours left in my time zone, so I wish everyone luck in the home stretch. I hope you find your endings, or in some cases like me, your beginnings.
We are almost at the finish line. You have until 12:01 December 1st (wherever you are) to upload your play to the site in order to be considered a winner.
75 pages makes you a winner and... if you are a winner, you might be wondering how to upload your play...
When you upload your play, it will not be public, so don't worry. It is only for your eyes and the admin's eyes, so we can list you as an official winner.
For instructions on uploading plays, head over to our FAQ to find the answer you need.
If you don't have 75 pages yet, now is the time to press on and get to it. Just think, you can always sleep in December, so go on, just write until you reach 75 pages and you'll be a winner. If you've been with us this long, I have complete faith in you that you can do this. It will feel amazing once you do, I promise !
As always if you have any questions don't hesitate to contact solarcirclegirl or myself...
Go Rhino Go !!!
Eileen is killing microbes, in order to create life on Mars. She buys the land Gone lives on, something he's not willing to give up. The hell they cause for each other is only matched by their desire for each other. But one of them has to go, and the consequences of their desire will reverberate a hundred years later, on the new Mars.
Going Somewhere is about travelling, escaping, running away, and going home. It's about people intersecting, connecting, and disconnecting.
Four men in a cabin for the weekend. When one reveals something surprising to the others, will the pressure be too much?
So, it's the last 24 hours.
And I have officially not made it.
I finished my play, but it's only 40 pages long--35 pages short of winning.
But, I still feel like I won.
Sure, NaPlWriMo says it's all about crossing the finish line--but I think the important finish line is not necessarily the 75 page finish line--there's something BIGGER at stake, if you can believe it.
What's important is that we created a community for such a solitary practice. We committed ourselves to working on a play and attempting to finish it. We gave ourselves the space for our practice--and that is something.
So I still feel like a winner, even though I don't get the nifty badge this year.
And you guys made me feel like a winner too! I am so glad I got to see everything you've done in the last 30 days. I am amazed at how tough and awesome all of you are. I really hope that you have had as much fun as I have. It's been hard, yes, but so worth it. So thank you for a wonderful year. I hope to see you all next year!
PS= In order to be a winner, you must upload your play to the site. Even if you don't want it to be public, it must be uploaded so we can verify the page count. To upload your play, just click on CREATE CONTENTS
Fill out the information and attach a file (pdfs are best but other formats are acceptable). Voilà!
Again, your play will not be public when you upload it. It is for verification only.
If you want your play to be public, email info at naplwrimo dot org after you've uploaded it.
We are almost at the finish line. You have until 12:01 December 1st (wherever you are) to upload your play to the site in order to be considered a winner. 75 pages makes you a winner and... if you are a winner, you might be wondering how to upload your play...
For these of you looking for instructions on uploading plays, head over to our FAQ to find the answer you need.
If you don't have 75 pages yet, now is the time to press on and get to it. Just think, you can always sleep in December, so go on, just write until you reach 75 pages and you'll be a winner. If you've been with us this long, I have complete faith in you that you can do this. It will feel amazing once you do, I promise you....
I'll be back Monday at the strike of Midnight to officially close Naplwrimo 2009. I will not shed tears just yet, I will not...
Go Rhino Go !!!
Naplwrimo runs on love, sweat and your generous help.
Thank you to our donors!
Machelle Allman, Holly Arsenault, Will Bond, Karen Chandler, Michael Lee, Leslie Liautaud, Jeff Mackey, Maggie McAleese, Marian McNamee, Marla Porter, and all our anonymous donors.