NaNoWriMo Winner!

The setup for NaNoWriMo at home, if I need to ...

The setup for NaNoWriMo at home, if I need to be portable. Long exposure lit by sweeping an LED flashlight over the scene. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

I won! I won, I won, I won!

How about you? Have you crossed the finish line yet? You still have time (at least in my part of the world), and I wish you much luck.

I managed to finish the challenge last night, with 50,068 words written, according to their word counter. My word counter tells me that I have actually written 51,011 words. I trust my word counter, because I have been using it consistently for a few years now.

The information about the book I started on November 1st:

Tales from the Woods

(Horror & Supernatural) (Not edited, so forgive any typos that may be there)


Tales from the woods deals specifically with the horror that can happen within a heavily wooded area, where small communities exist but cannot really be counted as towns. Horrific and, sometimes, supernatural events take place in the woods. Events that no one wants to witness.


Wooded areas are often beautiful to behold. The plant life. The animals. Even the scent. And what better way to unwind than by taking a walk along a wooded trail.Bear Woods is an enchanting site, by all outward appearances. People come to Maine from other states just to photograph the woods from the nearest access points. They walk the paths behind the city limits, taking pictures of all they see.

However, deep inside this seemingly magical forest are small communities where the inhabitants know the truth. These people know the dangers that reside deep within Bear Woods. Dangers that the outside world would never believe. How could it? Even the inhabitants second guess what goes on in the woods most of the time.

Is the manuscript done yet? Absolutely not. There are still more tales to be written, then a series of edits will be needed. But, I am ecstatic to have come so far with the manuscript this month.
I also enjoyed cheering my fellow Maine writers on during this month, and hearing when they won the challenge as well.
It has been a long month, and I am thankful to have a break from the manuscript, to allow myself to think up more tales.
Shannon L. Buck
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About Shannon L. Buck

Hello. My name is Shannon, and I'm a single mother of two young adult daughters, and Memay to one precious Little Man. I work as a writer from my home in Orono, Maine, and as a Front Desk Agent at an inn. Writing is my life, second only to my daughters. I enjoy writing nonfiction, as well as fiction in a number of genres. At some point, I would like to travel. It would be a true writing adventure.