Final word count: 53,854
I've been told to be proud of reaching a number like this, and I am. It took me almost a year to finish "Big Siblings" and that's almost 35,000 words. Writing a 50,000+-word story (albeit a rough draft) in a month? That was a challenge for me. I'm proud of myself for that. What started out as a suggestion to Chuckfinley for a school—centered story is turning into an adventure, and it's taking me to some neat places and cropping up some interesting conflicts.
I'm not finished with it, though. I'd guesstimate that I'm halfway done with the rough draft, and then I have editing. I'm looking forward to revising, to be honest; I have a few ideas about what I want to do, and I want to finagle with my story and see where I want to take it.
In Wanderer D's blog about adventure stories, author SilentBelle offered up a question that got me thinking:
What are you getting out of an adventure as you write it? Only you can find an answer to that.
I think the reason I'm writing this story is because I want to find out what happens. There are a few themes I want to represent in the story—I know the overarching issues I want to pursue—but I had an idea where Rumble was shy even after getting up to speed in order to fly and create the hurricane (I assume, both in headcanon and for the sake of the story), and I want to know what happens. Thank you, NaNoWriMo, for getting me off my tuchus to pursue this.
Finals are next week, so I will probably be working on it sporadically at that period; I won't be updating my progress in blogs. I will have the first chapter published no later than 1 January 2014. I'll try for the week of 15-21 December, but I can't make any promises. I've got some work cut out ahead of me, and I'll try not to disappoint.
I want to thank those that supported me throughout this. You've really helped me along.