NaNoWriMo Day 5: Wide Awake Until I’m Not

I’m trying to let “Go with it” flow over me as I get older.

Crazy writing idea? Go with it.

Nutty dance party breaks out during the PTO meeting? Go with it.

Day ten of being awoken by a child’s hacking, painful cough and/or nightmare and then being unable to go back to sleep? Yeah…

Lather, rinse, repeat.


Littlest Little has a cough that sounds like she’s got a 70-year-old smoker caught in her little throat, and of course, it’s worst at night, especially at 2 am. I lie with her, rub her back, give her one of the few medicines approved for kids under the age of six, and wait for an hour for it to kick in so she can sleep.

By 3 this morning, she was snoring somewhat peacefully. I, on the other hand, couldn’t fall back asleep, so I dragged my carcass out of bed and got to the computer.

I got a lot done in the three hours before everyone else started their day, and, allowing for my own sleep-deprivation-twinged-eye, it’s actually the first thing I’ve written this NaNo that I am sure I will submit. I may even break it into several pieces, as right now, it’s reading like the longest chapter in a David Sedaris book, with its winding and its odd tangents and yanks back to the main storyline.

I am in no way saying it’s anywhere near as good as Sedaris’s writing. I’ve just been enjoying his work of late and decided to try somethingĀ a la Sedaris.

And now, as I’ve tried to tend to kids most of the day, all of whom are in various states of wellness, I’m tired. And as their father is out of town, I’m on my own. It’s good to stop while the ideas are still there and while I still have enough to give to three little faces who need tending. I’ve got plenty of things to write about tomorrow. There will be no blank pages taunting me in the morning when I sit down to write.

Hopefully at a more godly hour.

Today’s Stats:

  • Essay: “Processing the Leftovers” 3402 words
  • Short Story: “Pie Trauma” (working title) 422 words

Daily Word Count: 3824

Total Word Count: 15,761

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