I fell drastically short of the magic number this year. Of course, the magic number was 50,000 words, and I came up with a “mere” 9,172, but I’m quite proud of that paltry number. It’s not 9,172 words of cranked out verbiage just for the sake of getting ink on paper. It’s top-notch (and even edited twice!) writing that I’m quite proud of. Shouldn’t I have been able to write more? Sure, if I had ignored other responsibilities, I could have easily doubled my word count. As it stands, I’m a full time software engineer, full time graduate student, full time father, full time husband, and a full time friend to many. This leaves little time for myself, and what little time I get, I do my best to try to do as much writing as I can.

OK. Enough of the excuses. I didn’t make it, but I’m not down on myself. I’ve heard from others that it takes up to three tries for someone to “win” NaNoWriMo. Will I try again next year and try to beat the odds? I’m not sure just yet. It’s too far away for me to know what kind of free time (or not) I’ll have when next November rolls around in eleven months. I’ll keep you informed, though.

Congratulations to all winners of NaNoWriMo 2008, and best of luck to those that try in the future!