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And then, everything is over...

Well, I have finished my NaNoWriMo novel and I'm an official winner. After the first rush of joy, I didn't feel as happy as I expected. I feel kind of let down, it's over now, and I've lost the drive I had.

All the same, I'm glad I did it, and I'm gonna do it again next year. I can't wait.

In the meantime, check out my "dedication" of my novel, which is really a mini-rant in disguise.


The very first "dedication" goes to my friend Maria, who has fought through this with me from day one. She updated my site nearly every day, and cheered me on, as well as cracking the whip to get me writing somedays. ^.^ You're the greatest, Maria-chan, I don't think I could have gotten through this without you. This novel is dedicated to you first, foremost, and only. Everyone else can have thank you's, this one is just for you.

My first "thank you" goes out to Jackie, Nathan, and my mom. You guys joined me in the insanity, whether you stuck with it or not. Most of you are going to do it again next year, and I'll be right there with you. I'm looking forward to it.

Mrs. Wheeler, my creative writing teacher, gets a huge "thank you" for supporting and cheering me on through this project. Chatting with you before school and writing my new word count on your board was really great.

William, Greg, Shel-chan, you guys all deserve thank you's for cheering me on too. Shel-chan gets an extra thank you for checking a large chunk of my novel for typos, and William does too, since I know he's going to proofread it too.

I apologize to all my teachers, for ignoring you in class and not doing any of my homework, but I don't regret it at all. I'll do it again next year.

I am half thankful, half irritated at my family. You guys cheered for me a little, pissed me off a little, and broke my concentration too often for my liking. Still, you helped me out when I needed it, so here's a thanks to you.

To everyone else who was a winner, congratulations. It's been a long, grueling month for all of us, I think, and I for one am going to celebrate by doing nothing for the rest of the weekend.

It was a great month, and I've learned a lot, but I'm glad it's over. Here's looking forward to next year!