who’s afraid of the NaNoWriMo wolf?

Not I!

Date of death: 11/29/2008

Time of death: 4:32 pm

Official word count: 50,017

Amount of editing required: Let’s not talk about that now.

A celebratory evening with P, 1408, a warm fire, and cioccolata calda:

Thank you all for your support this month and always!


Be sure to come back tomorrow for a *fabulous* book giveaway and guest post by Diana Spechler, author of Who by Fire!

37 Beans of Wisdom to “who’s afraid of the NaNoWriMo wolf?”
  1. Gil

    Congratulations on your win! Just love those Cameo products!

    Thanks Gil, and I’m *so* with you on that 🙂

  2. 12.01.2008

    YOU GO GIRL !!! You are one of my roll models. Man talk about keeping your eye on the ball…I love creative people!!!!

    Diana, I’m going to need this enthusiasm during the editing process (and really during the “finishing writing process as it’s not complete yet at 50k words). Keep it coming, please 🙂

  3. 12.01.2008

    Congratulations! Well deserved. If only we could get a sneak peak…

    Beatriz’s last blog post..Ten things: Happiness and thanks.

    Thanks Beatriz, and believe me, if it were ready for sneak peeking, I’d be one happy girl….

  4. 12.01.2008

    Congratulations Michelle!!! Brain and imagination on power!!!!!!

    Núria’s last blog post..Gulyás Hungarian’s Soup and a Restaurant recommendation.

    Thank you kindly, bella 🙂

  5. 12.01.2008

    What excellent news! Congratulations! (BTW, that cioccolata calda looks like it might help stoke the editing process… might be worth stocking up, just in case…)

    anno’s last blog post..Sunday Scribblings: A Winter Tale

    Excellent point Anno. And thank you 🙂

  6. Right on! Congratulations!!! Now, feel free to post reruns for a while… I know about post-novel fatigue.

    Editing… urk. Time enough to think about that. And know that Stephen King himself puts his manuscripts away for six months before starting to edit.

    paul of the clue-by-four’s last blog post..Men’s Monday: Lucifer and Jehovah

    And who am I to question the King?! I actually have quite a bit more to actually write before I even think about editing…but nope, no editing until *at least* January. That’s the rule in this house.

  7. 12.01.2008

    Good on you! I can’t imagine trying to write a novel in one month.

    Thanks Judith. In many ways, I can’t imagine it either….

  8. 12.01.2008

    Congratulations! Good for you — although I’m not surprised! Now give yourself a little (well-deserved) break . . . .

    Kim B.’s last blog post..I really don’t know what to say . . . .

    Break? What’s a break? Thanks Kim 🙂

  9. 12.01.2008

    You did it! How wonderful! Congratulations!

    nova’s last blog post..Thanking the Stars for Rejection

    Thanks Nova 🙂

  10. joanne at frutto della passione

    Well done! Looking forward to hearing more about it.

    joanne at frutto della passione’s last blog post..The North Pole Website of the month December 2008

    Thanks Joanne! Soon, soon….

  11. 12.01.2008

    Congrats! Can’t wait to see it!!

    My Melange’s last blog post..On Missing Paris

    Thanks Robin!

  12. 12.01.2008

    YAY!!! 🙂 Congratulations Michelle!!! I hope you decide to share your novel with us…would love to read it! 🙂

    LuLu’s last blog post..NaBloPoMo – The Final Post

    Thanks LuLu! I hope it’ll get to the point of sharing someday soon too 🙂

  13. Michelle, that’s a fantastic achievement, brava! I think I’ll have some to that cioccolata calda too, tell P to make mine with a splash of rum! And put the film on pause, I’ll be right over…

    amanda@A Tuscan View…’s last blog post..Something to ponder

    Amanda, I have to say that if you like a good horror film and get Sky Cinema, keep an eye out for 1408. I was jumping in my seat!

  14. 12.01.2008

    Congratulations!!! That’s a big accomplishment.

    Thanks Mary! It’s big, yes, but *really* finishing the novel will be even bigger…and hopefully it’ll happen before next November!

  15. 12.01.2008

    Ditto all the above – way to go! And editing is half the fun…sometimes 🙂

    Susan’s last blog post..Back to a cold reality

    I think I’ll look forward to editing more when I’ve actually completed the writing part…as it is, there are some rather big holes that need to be filled. But not this week 😉

  16. 12.01.2008

    You. Are. Awesome. Congrats, my friend! xxoo

    Aw, thanks Nino 🙂

  17. 12.01.2008

    Congratulations, well done!!!

    Janet’s last blog post..Can you believe it’s the last day of November??!

    Thank you Janet 🙂

  18. 12.01.2008


    poppy fields’s last blog post..piano coveting

    Thanks Meredith!

  19. 12.01.2008

    Congratulations! And you wrote 17 words more than necessary! I probably would have just stopped in the middle of a sentence.

    flurrious’s last blog post..Oh No Thank You (Please Provide Your Own Punctuation)

    The tricky thing with NaNo’s site is that it counts words differently than Microsoft Word…I actually have about 50,200 on Word, which was *way* too many 😉

  20. 12.01.2008

    Complimenti! I’m amazed that anyone can write that much in a month!

    Thanks Janie! It’s easy to write that much in a month…it’s much harder to make it all related and coherent 😉

  21. 12.01.2008


    Thanks Diane!

  22. 12.01.2008

    Congrats! I hope you are feeling better and man i miss that yummy Italian hot chocolate. hehe

    Feeling much better, Stacy, thanks…you have to get your hubby to send you Ciobar!

  23. Yeah!!!!!

    How exciting. Good luck with the editing process.

    nyc/caribbean ragazza’s last blog post..Hold up, it’s December 1st already? This mean Christmas is only 24 days away.

    Thanks! I’ll need it 🙂

  24. 12.01.2008

    Mazeltov, Sweetie!

    Totally unrelated frivolous entertainment (and I can’t remember if I already sent it to you but I really did mean to save it for when you weren’t so pressed):


    hee hee hee

    Rest well. 🙂

    CUTE!!!! And thank you 🙂

  25. 12.01.2008

    Yay! Congrats. I never doubted you for a minute.

    Stefanie’s last blog post..NaBloPoMoPleaseNoMo, Day 30. Wouldn’t it be funny if I simply forgot to post today?

    Thanks Stefanie 🙂

  26. 12.01.2008

    hehe Michelle – he always brings me some. ciobar, pocket coffee, and pandoro! YUM

    stacy’s last blog post..Gift Guide 2008

    Lucky girl 🙂

  27. 12.01.2008


    Would that there was some way for all of us to get together to celebrate with you.

    I am *SO* proud of you!!! Way to go lady! Another very good reason for me to admire you. I can’t imagine how much work that was, how challenging it was, and how incredible it must have felt to hit the last button!

    Enormous hugs Cara, super tight, squealing, giggling, excited hugs.


    Scarlett & Viaggiatore

    Wanderlust Scarlett’s last blog post..Light Up The Turkey!

    Thank you cara! Your excitement and support was a *huge* help throughout the month 🙂

  28. Greg

    Bravo! A writing mentor of mine stresses the importance of giving yourself permission to write that awful first draft. I raise my glass to subsequent drafts and, hopefully, a chance to read what you’ve written. Congratulations.

    Thanks Greg, and your writing mentor is very wise…that awful first draft is what gives us the courage to go forward…and something to work with!

  29. Lizzie

    BRAVA !!!!
    Wow, that’s such a great achievement Michelle. Well done. When can we read it? :0) lol
    Amazing achievement, you should feel very proud of yourself.

    Thanks Lizzie! I certainly hope you’ll be reading it sometime soon 🙂

  30. 12.01.2008

    You absolutely rock, Michelle! CONGRATULATIONS!!!

    jen of a2eatwrite’s last blog post..Fight the Hate

    Thanks Jen 🙂

  31. 12.01.2008


    Thanks Joe!

  32. Rebekah

    Congratulations from one winner to another! I can finally get back to blogging now. My last few thousand words were choppy and piecemeal, but I love what’s happening in my first 50k, even though it’s nowhere near as refined as it should be. My goal now is to make it into 85,000 written and edited by March. That’s a full-length novel… and even if nothing ever comes of it, I’ll send queries to agents. Just so I can say I tried.

    Wanna go for it with me?


    Rebekah’s last blog post..Happy December!

    Ooh I love it. I vowed not to look at it for a week after NaNo ended, but then I have to get writing again…and then editing…and March? Doable. I’m in!

  33. 12.02.2008


    Thanks Shan!

  34. 12.03.2008

    Congratulations, Michelle. (I’d love a sneak preview too.) Brava!

    casalba’s last blog post..Frantoio

    Thanks! Soon, soon….

  35. 12.09.2008

    I am so ridiculously behind on reading blogs that I could never even imagine catching up at this point…so I’m not going to even try, but I wanted to make sure I popped in to say CONGRATS on winning NaNoWriMo!!!!


    Karina’s last blog post..Through The Storm – A Book Review

    Thanks, and also to you; I hear you on being behind with reading…maybe around the holidays when I take some time off I can catch up? Boh.

  36. 12.18.2008

    Dear Michelle,
    I found you through my dear friend Tracey Clark and Shutter Sisters. I’m very new to browsing blogs but wanted to let you know that because I keep coming back to yours, I found nanowrimo and participated for the first time because of you. Thank you, though belatedly so, for the inspiration.

    Ruthann’s last blog post..Its Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas

    That’s awesome Ruthann; thanks so much for coming by 🙂

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