So, on Friday coming home, I had about an hour to spare (I had gotten to the airport extra early expecting crowds, but there were none!), so I grabbed a breakfast taco from the wonderful Peached Tortilla, plus a coffee from Ruta Maya, and then I sat myself down and started writing... and before I realized it, I had hit 50,000 words.
WHOO-HOO! The way that works is you keep track of your word count at the NaNoWriMo site, and then when you hit the 50K for the November novel-writing challenge, you get a certificate, plus they decorate your avatar too. I didn't know about the avatar decoration; I thought that was really cool!
Anyway, I am really proud of getting this book draft done, and I have a couple of weeks to keep working on it before I have to print out a copy and get it published at Lulu to give to my dad as a Christmas present. So, the next time I go back to Austin (which is in just a few weeks), I will have a book in hand to give him for Christmas. I hope he likes it! I sure have had fun writing it. It's reconnected me with so many of my old interests (Sufi teaching tales, plus stories of Aesop himself), along with a dose of India (Birbal and Tenali Raman)... so I am imagining lots of fun related projects in the future too.