Today is the fourth day of November and the fourth day of NaNoWriMo, or National Novel Writing Month. In short, it is an attempt to write a 50,000 word novel in just one month. For this project, quantity most certainly trumps quality.

I’d very much like to be a November “Wrimo” as they are called but I’ve already let three days of writing slide by. I never thought I’d ever say this but, in doing the math… 50,000 words over 30 days is roughly 1,666 words per day… minus three days amounts to almost 1851 words daily… and subtracting my time spent vacationing on a Mediterranean cruises (10 days) and stuffing my face over thanksgiving (5 days). I am down to 50,000 words in 12 days… 4,100 words a day. Just to check, I looked back on an 8-page essay that I wrote in college which was roughly 3,000 words? I think? So let’s call it 10 pages a day… for 12 days… 120 pages. That seems like a novel to me, surely of no “epic” proportions.

I do not like math. After receiving a 4 on the AP Statistics exam during my Senior year of high school, I never took another math course again. My junior and senior year of college I had filled my course schedule with English and creative writing courses. Waitressing during the summer was about as far as I got with percentages… within a few weeks I could tell you 20% of anything. A few months into my new job my boss asked me to find the growth rate percentage of spas, and I looked at her for a moment for calmly telling her I don’t know how to do math. That was that, and I went back to editing.

I also haven’t been much of a political fan, and since today is also election day (which is also about numbers) I would feel completely apathetic to the discipline if I didn’t at least mention it. This was the first election that I actually voted at the polls (in 2004 I voted absentee while at Gettysburg), and there were about 100 or so people in line with me at 7:20AM at 45 Wall Street. And in fact, I have actually warmed-up to politics during this election. I’ve registered to vote in the state of New York, aligned myself with one a party, and was excited this morning to pull the red lever to the right and be part of the ± 60% of those who voted today.

Merriam Webster’s Word of the Day: Extricate