This is the start of the fourth week of NaNoWriMo, and I was doing so well. By the end of Week 2, I had written seventy-five percent of the words I needed to write to win NaNo 2013, though I would not be completely finished with my novel when I reached 50,000 words. Specifically, I was at 37,867 words. Then Week  3 came along, and real life stopped me in my tracks. Just for the record, the third week of November of 2013 was not a fun week. On Tuesday, my mother had hip replacement surgery, which was actually scheduled in advance, as she had a sort of fast growing arthritis that necessitated a complete hip replacement. I knew I might not get much writing done that day. I had planned for that in advance, and was optimistic.

On Wednesday, I was headed to work at 5:45 in the morning, looking forward to the day ahead in my Pre-K classroom, and then an evening of writing. I stopped at a traffic light and the pickup truck behind me didn’t. He hit me at around 40 miles per hour, and pushed me into the pickup truck in front of me, effectively totaling the SUV I bought back in March. I experienced being the middle part of a car sandwich and I am not ashamed to admit it was scary. I spent most of that day removing glass covered personal belongings from a car that will soon no longer be mine, and talking to insurance companies, police officers, and trying to find a ride down to the hospital so I could drive my mom’s car home. No writing that night either. And no writing Thursday night because after visiting Mom in the hospital, I had to replace my niece’s car seat, so we could pick her up at the scheduled time on Friday afternoon. No writing Friday or Saturday because this was a weekend she decided not to nap, and with a four year old, that makes finding time to write difficult. With five days left, I have to write around 3000 words a day in order to make it.

Here’s hoping that the coming week is better than the last one, and that I can stay on track and finish on time. May the Muse be kind. Whether I finish in time or not, I do plan to finish.