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NaNoWriMo Day #30

So I began writing at midnight and stopped around 1:30am. Went to bed, had breakfast, and began writing again at 11:30am. Had a break for lunch in the late afternoon but mostly wrote with short little breaks here and there until 6pm. Then there was panic and tears. I saved my novel on my USB drive and did an update of my word count on the NaNoWriMo web site. I was at 46k. Then I could no longer access the file.

Seriously. I checked the USB drive and it was no longer there. No Word document existed beyond a review I sent out last week. I then tried to paste the information into Notepad since it should have still been in the clipboard. No dice. So I rebooted. Each time I tried to access it, I was given a message that the file was corrupt or had a virus and was locked by the antivirus program. The USB drive was clean of viruses like I thought it would be. The last backup I had emailed to myself was from 11/20/08. I had 29k at that point. My obvious choices were to (1) start over at 29k or (2) copy and paste words until I hit 46k again then pick up the story at that point. I went with the least obvious choice. I searched my USB drive for *.tmp files and found one at 5:45pm. When I opened the temp file in Word it was only missing the last two paragraphs. I could rewrite a few hundred words without any problem.

My daily word count for the 30th was 8270 words. My total word count ended up at 50015. That was painful. Oh so painful. I do not want to do this next year playing catch up, get ahead, fall behind, catch up, get ahead and then fall behind. With an hour and 5 minutes to spare I validated a winning word count. And I even wrapped up all of the plotlines in the novel.


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Dec. 1st, 2008 06:21 am (UTC)
HOORAY!! Congratulations! *throws confetti*

Wow, you need a drink of something or a big ol' cake. I dunno what exactly but just after this last day you need some sort of big ol' celebration for this day you have had to get your word count past 50,000! I can send a virtual hug! So glad you found the temp file! I would have been running through and around the house screaming and pulling my hair out if I thought I may have lost that many words! I lost a few thousand on a fanfic I was writing once and I have been a smidge obsessed ever since about saving it a lot and many different places!

Congrats again!!
Dec. 1st, 2008 03:49 pm (UTC)
Over the next two weeks I will run through my rewards for myself. On the three days I did no writing at all I was vegging. :)

Thanks! You were a big help with your messages. I KNEW someone was watching. lol
Dec. 1st, 2008 11:41 am (UTC)
Dec. 1st, 2008 03:50 pm (UTC)
Thank you! One year we have to get you across the finish line too. :)
Dec. 1st, 2008 03:51 pm (UTC)
I finished in 2005! But in no attempts since :)
Dec. 1st, 2008 04:45 pm (UTC)
Yay! You won! That is soooo awesome! *showers you with confetti*

I'm sorry about all the frustration you had before you crossed the finish line, but I'm very happy for you :)
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