Saturday October 29, 2005, 3:06 am 68 hours and 54 minutes until fingers in motion.
With just over two days to go before the gun sounds to kick of NaNoWriMo it's time to take stock of the situation and make sure that all systems are go. Just like astronauts, scuba divers, and airline pilots I'm running through my pre-trip checklist. Are my fuel tanks fully loaded; my dials spinning in the right direction, and do I have enough oxygen in case things get rough?
The problem of course is all the intangibles that I can't just check off on a list of things. Those guys sit in their cockpits or on their boats and they have the dials to look and the buttons to push. They have their clipboards in front of them listing what everything is supposed to look like, and they have somebody with them double-checking everything.
On the other hand I have my keyboard and me. The laptop seems to be working in tiptop shape, all the keys still move and the memory is fine. There's plenty of room on the hard drive for 50,000 words and even in the eventuality that I need to create more I can just hook up the external floppy disc and start dumping stuff. (This is a very old laptop that I picked up on e-bay for $100.00 but it's the best investment I've ever made)
But what about what's sitting in front of the laptop? How's it doing? The only person that's going to run a checklist on me is me so I'd better start doing it. The cat sitting on my lap is a nice guy, but he doesn't have the greatest insight into my ability to finish this project, he's just grateful for food and treats. My wife, who probably knows me better than I do on occasion, will most likely, and wisely, just try and stay out of my way for the duration.
Physically I have no doubts that I'll be able to squeeze out an extra 1700 or more words a day. I'm not going to stop if I'm on a roll so there's even the chance of finishing early. What I really need to worry about is any emotional and psychological barriers that I am going to need to overcome.