Tuesday, November 8, 2011
Here's what: The night before Halloween my son spiked a high fever. Instead of trick-or-treating he was laid up on the couch, too sick even to hand out candy. The fever didn't go down for the next few days, and then a chest x-ray finally confirmed pneumonia.
To make things worse, the Halloween noreaster dumped a foot of snow on us and knocked out cable TV, the sole solace of our sad little invalid.
And finally, the Scrivener for Windows release I was looking forward to was pushed back from Oct 31st to Nov 7th. Dang!
Between the doctor's office, the pharmacist, the making and ministering of various comfort foods, a week's worth of seventh grade schoolwork to make up at home, the other kid's schedule etc., absolutely nothing got done. Even the poor dog had to make do with hurried on-leash trots around the neighborhood. End result as far as NaNo: 800 words instead of 9000.
However, the week of misery is now at an end. Both kids are back in school. I've installed my brand new copy of Scrivener. My fellow NaNo'er Heather and I have booked a sunny study room at our town library, and managed to pound out our daily word counts. Heather even joined Yogi and me for our morning walks around Lake Waban, where Yogi romped, unleashed, in carpets of crunchy fall leaves. And the snow? That's gone too.
Hope you didn't hit any slumps in your NaNo wordcount!