NaNo Blog Party! Put Your Hands in the Air. w00t! w00t!

Hello fellow NaNo writers and bloggers! The month is at a close and it’s time to celebrate. Some of you I haven’t “spoken” to in, uh, days while we all shut out the world and typed away.

Whether you wrote 5,000 or 50,000 words you can celebrate, because it’s that many more words you have towards a finished novel than you did before.

Not that a party should have any rules, let’s make it more like a game. You have to bring something to share and you have to bring something to eat.

To share:  links to your favourite blog post you wrote during NaNo, your favourite line from your NaNo, a summary of your story, a link to a sample from your story, etc.

To eat: you may only bring what food and drink that are actually in your kitchen right now (cuz I’m assuming many of you did not shop during November)

I’ll start!

All I can offer you to eat is leftover carrot cake from my husband’s birthday (but it’s really good carrot cake. Just ask hubbaby. I made it myself) and some eggnog. If you’ve never tried it, eggnog is really good in coffee.

I’ve posted the first 10 pages of my NaNo Intergalactic: A Pop Space Opera on their website.

Would love to hear about you and your experience and have an eggnog toast (unless you’re lactose intolerant. In which case, I do have one bottle of red wine around here somewhere.)


  1. Tod
    Nov 30, 2011

    Weee! Congratulations. I made some chicken fajitas tonight that I’ll share. And some chips. We can make nachos.

  2. julietkachyk
    Nov 30, 2011

    Sorry to be so late to the party, but I was still pounding away on my NaNo novel. So close to the end that it’s really hard to even convince myself to sleep at the moment, let alone to party with those tantalizingly magical words, The End, close enough to taste.

    However, in the spirit of better late than never, I am here with a round of my speciality, from-scratch Hot Chocolate to share with everyone. Don’t ask the calorie count because I don’t want to know, let alone tell you, but guaranteed to give you a sugar rush that will keep you typing away for at least a few hours, no problem. It’s been one of the secrets of my NaNo success. I also have Kahlua, for anyone that wants to doctor theirs up.

  3. @Tod – nachos are one of my favourite comfort foods. But what about your NaNo? I know you didn’t finish but I know you wrote some stuff you like.

  4. @Julie – that’s all right! Everyone’s late for the party. They are either still typing or have NaNo hangovers. lol.

    Home made hot chocolate is the only way to go.

    re: calories, I feel the same way about eggnog. I made the mistake of reading the label once. Thank goodness it’s seasonal.

  5. Tod
    Nov 30, 2011

    Oh, sorry! I was watching Survivor. I got 16,000 words into my novel (day job getting in the way!), and I’m actually fairly happy with it. Two sisters, both succubi, wake up after “sleeping” for some 300 years. They’re in a new world. One wants to live in it, one wants to be the demon she used to be. Drama ensues. I’m going to finish this. 🙂

  6. @Tod – we were watching Survivor, too. That Albert is a snaky one. Wouldn’t that be hysterical if Cochran beat Ozzy on Redemption challenge?

    I think yr novel has the potential to interest male and female audiences if it’s sexy enough. I’ll be a reader for you!

  7. JS
    Dec 1, 2011

    Congratulations! 🙂

    To share: Well, my story is uh… best as I can explain it: It follows a young man who lives with a group of female relatives that have kept his great grandmother hidden because she has a lifelong dream that she intends to make true. Once the king finds out that she’s still alive, he does all he can to stop her. Toss in an immortal as well as a group of men with dragons to spice things up and uh… It’s a story, I suppose.

    To eat: I have some frozen pie crusts and two canned pumpkin. All the spices and ingredients needed for it are in the pantry. I guess I have time to make it now and can offer freshly baked pumpkin pie? hehe.

  8. Cameron
    Dec 1, 2011

    I came over from the Blogging NaNo thread. Yay parties!

    I validated at 50,084. I have ten chapters so far, and I’m about halfway through the narrative. There are a few excerpts on my writing blog, but the one I’m proudest of is I also blogged it for my writing group, Write on Edge, which was hilarious and humbling:

    As for food… I’ve got Keurig and a basket of K-cups to share, and a hunk of leftover spice cake with cider glaze.

    Congratulations and good luck with the rest of the novel!!

  9. akossket
    Dec 1, 2011

    Congrats for making it to the end 🙂

    To share: I’m still way too shy about sharing my writing. It has something to do with me thinking it sucks a lot. However I can share the little description I had on my Nano page.
    “An orphan girl tossed from foster home to foster home, finds herself the prisoner and then, unwilling rescuer of a strange boy in a strange land.”
    It’s middle grade and the most ambitious I’ve ever been with my stories.

    To eat: since I’m a bit late to the party, it’s morning here and I only have my cup of hot chocolate to share. Chocolate anyone? 🙂

    I will check your pages out asap.

  10. Deb Marshall
    Dec 1, 2011

    Hey!! Congrats to you! I hit almost 43,000. Have two scenes to finish up, then it will be a done first draft. Second draft will be all about working my way through and adding scenes…

    I can’t thank you enough for you blog posts through out. They gave some crazy good tools to work with, I must say. I’ve adopted you as my personal writing trainer, lol.


  11. @JS – pumpkin pie – very appropriate for the season. “It’s a story, I suppose.” – lol. Of course it is! All our stories will need tender loving care for sure.

    @akossket – I totally understand. I still think mine sucks half the time, too, but I put it out there anyway as a form of toughening myself. Your Nano sounds intriguing and ambitious is perfect for a NaNo I think.

    Chocolate is always welcome any time of day.

  12. @Deb – Awww, that’s so sweet. I’m glad you found my exercises helpful. And almost 43,000 is huge. That’s a middle grade novel right there! 🙂

  13. Barbara Watson
    Dec 1, 2011

    I didn’t do NaNo–maybe next year I’ll brave it?? But I am revising the underwear right off my current MS.

    In my kitchen, at this precise moment, is a bit pot of veggie cheese soup. Now, if only I don’t get stuck at the computer and forget it’s simmering . . .

  14. @Barbara – I think I need the recipe for that veggie cheese soup. yum!

    I thought I was insane for attempting NaNo this year, but I’m soooo glad I did.

    be careful of revising the underwear off your MG novel, it might turn into a YA one.

  15. Anna Scott Graham
    Dec 1, 2011

    Happy post-NaNo to you too! I’ll set a large dish of garlic potatoes for all into creamy garlic goodness.

    You can read a chapter of my NaNovel at my NaNo page on my Hummingbirds blog under excerpts.

    Have a lovely December, I’m ready for a rest!

  16. @Anna – Garlic mashed potatoes welcome! Garlic . . . yum.

    I’m running out of carrot cake and eggnog, so now I’ll put out some chai and ginger cranberry sauce. Both homemade.

    I’ll go check out your excerpts. I’m so impressed with how many people finished the NaNo.

  17. gsprendergast
    Dec 2, 2011

    I’m very late to this party, but I’m bringing crock pot curry and minute rice!

    One of my favorite lines in this NaNo is “His breath smells like skunk meat.”

  18. @Gabrielle – hey, you can bring crock pot curry over any time. I love curry.

    and I lol’d when I read your line. I’m not sure what skunk meat smells like, but I’m sure it’s not good.

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