I started March Novel Writing Month with an attainable goal: Write my novella or, at least, 40,000 words. Based on my past first-draft writing experiences, I thought it would be easy and I’d even be done ahead of time so I could go back and start rewriting Book 3. Ha! Man plans, God laughs.

Life went a little crazy. Day-job business got slammed. And then there was the horrible disaster in Japan and I couldn’t just sit by and think, “I wish I could do something” when I actually could. So I poured myself into the Indie Author Relief Fund auctions. Not that I think God laughed at that – heavens, no! – but He did laugh at my original self-centered plans.

So, I didn’t get the novella done. I didn’t even get 40,000 words written. I DID get 33,296 words on the screen. Just a little shy of one goal, but far from the other (finishing). But with everything else I accomplished this month – things much more important than word count and release dates – I don’t feel it’s a fail.

The rest of the weekend, however, I’m doing a writing marathon. The house and the family are prepared. Housekeeping on blogs and Facebook is done – or at least as good as it’s going to get. So I’m going offline and getting this story out of my head.

Did you do MarNo? If so, how did you do? Are you writing this weekend?