A NaNo Success Story

Multimedia Monday Report
November 30, 2015

I am happy to report that I met the NaNoWriMo Challenge for 2015. Averaging 1,702 words a day, I managed to write just over 51,000 words in 30 days.

Along the way I have learned a few things about myself, about storytelling in general and, more to the point, how events in my life wash back and forth through my mind—at times out of order, upside down—to create something that is a total fabrication, but so very real and instructive.

I struck gold and hit upon a story idea that captivated me at the start of the second week of the NaNo challenge. For the next week all I did was continue to follow the thread of this storyline. And at the end of the week I hit a brick wall and could not get going again.

I went back and picked up the story that I started on day one. It has a very personal meaning to me and I have held it inside for almost fifty years. The dam burst again at the start of week three and I was off again on what turned out to be a parallel path.

At the start of Week Four I was at another stopping point, but I had a plan. Once more into my story from Week Two and the fires were burning bright, again. For a day.

Fear not. First things first. I spent the rest of this month on the most difficult story of them all. It has gone in several directions that I have never thought possible. Two days ago I realized a way to tie it into the second story that I am working on.

I have heard that Time is elastic. According to my source you can stretch it to accommodate whatever you wish to accomplish. Please bear with me while I put that theory to the test as I finish writing and editing this NaNo manuscript.

In the meantime here is an excerpt:

A Piece of Work

The Author’s Note

There are words that need to be spoken, situations that should be clarified, relationships that might still be mended—or at the very least put to rest once and for all. The fact that you are reading this tome is a step toward accomplishing that goal.

The following chapters contain true events, fictitious characters and memories that may, or may not, be entirely accurate. Time and personal prejudice have a way of coloring our recollection of the events of the Past. Given enough time and distance, details become blurred and up for debate.

What is more important, the lessons learned or the exact order of events? Can we take an experience out of our lives, mix it with that of another and come up with a valuable piece of advice, or an entertaining story, that we can pass along to an audience at large? Is that an act of deception?

The following statement is true. The preceding statement is false. Is there such a thing as True Lies?

Names & places and descriptions of faces have been changed—or not. It is for you to decide what is real and what is fantasy in this book.

Suspend your pre-conceived notions and enter the World of Construction with me. You will go to places that you never imagined and meet people that you won’t soon forget. Hopefully, you will end up with a new outlook about the people who do the work that provides the infrastructure for commerce and society to function.

We are out there, just below your radar, every hour of every day.

I spent my entire career, 46 years, working in the Electrical Trade and that is the last true fact that I will admit.

Allan G. Smorra
November 2015

  12 comments for “A NaNo Success Story

  1. November 30, 2015 at 10:01 PM

    Congratulation, Allan! 🙂
    Hope you did some celebrating … I really enjoyed reading the intro. Especially the fact that it might be true or fiction has one captivated. Will you finish writing it?


  2. alstacer
    November 30, 2015 at 8:55 PM

    Write on, Al OTW…


  3. November 30, 2015 at 7:30 PM

    Allan, it must feel incredibly satisfying to have made the commitment and fulfilled it.


    • December 1, 2015 at 1:38 PM

      Thanks, Sally. It feels good to get this far. I have a lot more to do and I’m looking forward to the final product.


      • December 1, 2015 at 2:39 PM

        It’s a heartfelt exercise in delving inside yourself as well as exploring your


      • December 2, 2015 at 6:01 AM

        It has been all of that, Sally. A most interesting month this year for sure.


  4. November 30, 2015 at 6:10 PM

    Congratulations, Allan. That’s a great accomplishment! Good luck with the finishing and editing.



    • December 1, 2015 at 1:36 PM

      Thanks, Janet. It was educational just getting this far. I can’t wait to see what’s next as I finish it.


  5. November 30, 2015 at 3:54 PM

    Congratulations on finishing. Good job. Now you get to edit that book. 😉


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