NaNoWriMo 2013 Results (and Day of the Doctor mini-review)

After constantly refreshing my Smashwords, Leanpub, and USPS Tracking tabs over the past 5 days, I visit my NaNoWriMo page early this morning, just to clear out any old messages. And I see something that I knew was there, but didn't really pay attention to.
NaNo awards

You see the thing with the trophy on it? Yeah, that was grayed out. So I hovered over it to see what it said. It said "Get this award by validating your word count at 50,000 words" (I'm paraphrasing). Seemed a little weird, since I had already passed the 50,000 word count on November 20 (see previous posting).

I head on over to the "Edit Novel" page and instead of a link saying "Validate my word count" (as seen in previous weeks), this link says "I am ready to validate my novel". I'm thinking Okay, this is a bit odd.

I open up my Smashwords manuscript (the least formatting), copy the book's text, and paste it into the popup box presented to me. Once I clicked "Validate", something happened that I didn't expect.

All of my "Word Counts" turned from green (saying that I met or exceeded the minimum) to purple.
My NaNo stats

So, yeah, they all changed from green to purple and now say "Winner". I guess "officially validating my word count" and surpassing the 50,000 goal turned me into a 2013 NaNoWriMo Winner!

And I got this cool header graphic:
NaNo Winner

My linked user image changed as well:
Me: a NaNo Winner

I also got a snazzy certificate:
My Certificate

I've also been told that I qualify to get a sweet t-shirt (for $16.67), and get a bunch of offers from the sponsors. I'll have to check back in at a later date to get those.

So, yeah, that just happened. What has been waiting for me for so many days has finally been "validated" and I am a NaNoWriMo 2013 Winner. Although, honestly, I thought that would automatically apply once I met the 50,000 word goal and was picked among the thousands of entries. I guess as long as you write 50,000+ words, you are winner. It takes some of the pizzazz out of the winnings, but I'll focus on the positives.

I've also contacted ConCarolinas to see if I can be a Author Guest during May 2014, hopefully promoting the series (and possibly the next series) and presenting at some panels. I'll have to wait about 2-3 weeks before I hear back and know if I can even do that or not.

ALSO, I had a great conversation with a person that left some comments on my previous post about issues with the Smashwords uploads. However, though some friendly conversation, he and I saw eye-to-eye and I actually learned a lot from him. The Smashwords uploads did get fixed, he did purchase a copy, and he says he is enjoying it. That made me happy. He also had this tidbit of helpful information:
Advice from Gerry

"Words to the wise." Thank you Gerry.

On a non-related note, I did watch the Day of the Doctor yesterday. Although I do believe that the Zygon storyline was left unfinished, the episode was one that had me on the edge of my seat the whole time to figure out what Smith, Tennant, and Hurt were going to do, and to see the ending with all of the Doctor's incarnations really threw me for a loop. I won't spoil anymore until after Monday when it airs in theaters here in the US. I do hope the Zygon storyline finishes up with Smith on Christmas.

Also, if you haven't seen The Five(ish) Doctors, you need to drop whatever your doing and go watch it. Trust me: it will be the best 30 minutes of your life if you are a Doctor Who fan. Just seeing Davidson, Baker, McCoy, Smith, Tennant, McGann, Barrowman, Davies, Moffat, and others (including Georgia Moffett) was a real treat. I'm glad Peter Davidson got to do his thing with this little mini-sode.

Tags:#nanowrimo #doctorwho #smashwords #leanpub #usps