That's right, I made it to 50,000 words! Here's the proof:
My experience was a challenging one to be sure, but I was able to persevere (thanks in part to a 9,000 writing spree while we drove from Colorado to California and the modern convenience of electricity while camping). It was well worth the stress and time spent to be able to achieve an accomplishment like this.
A highlight was having an evening out at Caribou Coffee to write with my writing buddy "A Mom in the 'Burbs," which took me back to the days when my husband and I would spend late nights in local coffee shops attempting to study.
Thanks to everyone who wished me well and supported me, especially to my husband and parents who had to deal with me typing at particularly inappropriate times (i.e., when I should have been packing, unpacking or sitting by a campfire).
I'm really looking forward to the editing/rewriting stage as I still feel like the story is incomplete, but I'm thinking I'll wait until 2009 for that.
Oh, and I only have a working title, which I'm not quite satisfied with, but here's the tiny synopsis/teaser of the novel I wrote (I really like saying that):
Tara Donovan, 25, moves from L.A. to Denver to start life over as a freelance writer and part-time nanny for her nephews. A feminine, bookish type, she also has a passionate love for baseball, and may end up closer to the Colorado Rockies than even she could imagine.