Sunday, July 12, 2015

July Word War: Day 5

Stephanie here.

Yesterday, we woke up to a foggy morning in the mountains of western Maryland. What writer doesn't feel inspired by a foggy morning?



While I struggled through some funky plot issues and pregnancy-induced fatigue, Roseanna galloped her way to over 13,000 words by the end of day. (She might phrase this differently, but that's what it seemed like to me as I kept staring at my scene thinking, "Okay ... so ... now what?")

I still finished the day with 10,000 words and a plot twist that I really liked, but I did more of an army crawl to the 10k mark as opposed to a sprint.

Both of us are getting pretty close to typing "The end" over here, which is always exciting. And it's fun knowing that so many of you are writing together as well.

It's not too late to join in! If you haven't been around for one of our word wars, here's how it works:





What it is: A word war is when you and another writer (or in this case, lots of other writers!) compete to see who can write the most words in a designated period of time. 

This word war began Wednesday and will end tomorrow night. It's a come-and-go, write-when-you-can style of war, so it's never too late to join!

The goal is to buckle down and focus on our manuscripts whenever we can, make good use of our writing time, and encourage each other as we do. Hopefully you'll be meeting new writers and deepening friendships as the war goes on!

Here's how you can connect with each other:


1. In the comments section of the blog. Something as simple as "Just wrote 1,000 words in the last hour!" is fine. Or you can challenge each other to word wars. There is strength in being able to encourage each other and in knowing that others are hard at work too.

2. On Twitter, using the hashtag #GTWwordwar, or on the Go Teen Writers Community Facebook Group. (This is a closed group, so if you're not a member, you can apply to join by clicking here.
To get in, you'll need to email goteenwriterscommunity(at)gmail.com)

Happy writing!

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    1. Yeah, I'm here. Can probably war for the next forty minutes or so if you'd like to do a couple.

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    2. 344 words. Last sentence: The stone corridor stretched out forever, opened into various rooms along the way, but unlike the sinister Castle in Imperia it was well lit with torches, and adorned with tapestries of the elvish flag, and paintings of elvish figures.

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    3. I got 170 (plot issues . . .) ending with: The two of us stood there, frozen, for a second.

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    4. Cool! Yeah, I feel for you. Plot issues...

      Wanna go again? :45 to :00?

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    5. Slowest. Commenting. Process. Ever.

      But yeah, that sounds great! I might have to leave after this one but that should work.

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    6. 258 words, roughly. Last sentence(s): Gren'eldorf darted up the hallway, and into the second room. Dorlin, unsure, followed him.

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    7. I got 445. Last sentence: "You need to learn to trust, April, and I know it’s hard for you after everything, but it’s the only way you’re going to be able to keep going.”

      I have to go now, but thanks for the wars!

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    8. Nice sentence! See you later :).

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  2. Nice job, Mrs. Morrill and Mrs. White! Those are some pretty amazing wordcounts!

    I managed to finish just over 15,000 words since Wednesday! I also got 716 emails in my inbox from following the posts. :-) An hour later and they still haven't downloaded.

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    1. Hey, great job! I only have like 4000 words so far.

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    2. And that 4000 words wasn't cause I don't have time. It's cause I have *no* idea where this story is going.

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    3. Wow! Wish I could've gotten that many, I'd be done with Camp NaNo already...I have around 4000 words written since Wednesday, and two thirds of that was absolute nonsense.

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  3. I finished with a total of 3,199 yesterday, which means I've written 15,394 words since the war started :). ~Savannah

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  4. Is anyone around for a war? I have some time to kill here and I should be around on and off for the rest of the morning.

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    1. you still there? I might be able to do a short one :)

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    2. Yeah, I'm here. What times work for you?

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    3. Still available for wars, if anyone's interested in doing one.

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    4. oh sorry... how about 10:20 to 10:40 if you read this in time?

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    5. So... I've got 571... might need to improve my quick writing I guess... How about you?

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    6. I got 429, ending with: “Stupid enough to fall into a pit and break your leg.” He started to roll up my pants leg, and I gasped at the sudden surge of pain.

      How'd you guys do?

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    7. I'm having major wifi issues... I wrote 460 words and my last sentence wasn't finished: I get ready for bed and go to sleep hoping, just hoping, that I wake up tomorrow with all of my mem[ories.]

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    8. Nice job, Fraise and Ellie!

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    9. Nice job you! How about you, Laurel? Also, can you guys help me? I'm writing a scene in which my MC learns his grandfather he has just lost was actually killed and I'm struggling a bit with his reaction...

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    10. Well done, Laurel! (And as for the wi-fi . . . you would not believe the number of problems I have with mine . . .)

      Want to go again? I can probably do one more, but after that I might head outside. I need a break.

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    11. Fraise, I would do something with shock. I use numbness and shock a lot - probably too much - but something where he doesn't feel anything and maybe describe his movements and less emotion? I don't really know because most of my characters try to hide their emotions so this works well with them but depending on your character it may not...
      and Ellie, I totally need a break. So although this was a lot of fun, I have to go now. I hope to war with you soon!

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    12. See what I'm complaining about with the stupid slow comment process??!!!

      Hmm . . . for that situation I guess I would kind of go for a "no, that's not possible" kind of reaction, and maybe have your MC feel numb for a while . . . and then it's going to depend on the character's personality. Angry characters usually seek revenge after something like that, but if you have a timid MC that won't be the case, and a curious character would be more interested in figuring out what exactly happened, and why.

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    13. Thanks Laurel, I think it might actually work, I'll just try it out and play around with it a bit ;)

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    14. OK, sounds good.

      Bye, Laurel! Thanks for the war!

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    15. Got 265. Last sentense:
      "Alvaro, where did you get that letter from?" the master asked, his voice still being as calm as usual.

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    16. I got 355, ending with: “We aren’t leaving you.” He trimmed the dangling strips of denim into a ragged edge. “Nice try.”

      I'm going to take a break now to get outside for a while and have lunch, but I'll probably be warring again this evening. Thanks for the wars!

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    1. if you are still interested, yes! if you see this in time, how about :25-:40?

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    2. I got 808, last sentence: He grit his teeth as he glared at the phone.

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    3. I wrote 681 words. My last sentence is: I suppose it is a safety mechanism, to keep me from getting hurt, but it is kind of stupid.

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    4. Great job! Do you want to do another with Hannah (down below)?

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    5. I guess I'll join in, if you guys are going again :)

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    6. Hi, Ellie! I love how I recognize everyone's names now that the War has been going on for a couple days.

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    7. sounds good! The more the merrier!

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    8. I have to stop a little early--got 266, ending with: "I don't know."

      Hope to war with you guys later!

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    9. I got 761, last sentence: He needed help and he needed encouragement.

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    10. I got 323 and the last sentence was, 'He must have seen her shoulders clench though.' I've got to go eat lunch. Good job, everyone! And thanks for warring with me.

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    11. I only wrote 284 words this time. I know that's not bad in any way, but it's just annoying me since last time I wrote a little more than double that. This was just a hard scene to write. My last sentences were: My hand reaches around inside the pillowcase and lands on a pad of paper. Huh?

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    12. Great job everyone! Bye, Ellie!

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    13. Do you guys want to do another? maybe until :15-:30?

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    14. Why not? My word count needs to grow. I am doing nanowrimo and I have got to finish before the 24th because I am leaving for a trip. So extra words are always good. :-)

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    15. Can I jump in the :15-:30 one?

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    16. Mind if I join you? ~Savannah

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    17. I'm doing CampNaNo also! is it really hard to do a lot of extra words in the day?

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    18. Hi Catsi and Anna! I'd love for you to join!

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    19. my average everyday has been 2000 so it is not that bad... but the faster I finish the better. I would prefer to have a few free days to pack before i leave anyway.

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    20. Here is my nano profile:http://campnanowrimo.org/campers/melody-faithy98

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    21. Wow Melody, 2K a day is awesome. I've been struggling to hit 1K. XD

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    22. I've never participated in CampNaNo before, but I have heard of it. However, I'm still not entirely sure what it is :) ... It sounds like fun though! Is this your first time, Melody and Laurel, or have you done it multiple times? ~Savannah

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    23. This is my 5th time do campnano, but I have done regular nanowrimo 3 times.

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    24. Aha! I've made a comeback :) lol. I wrote 773 words, last sentence is: I go to Google Maps and turn on the location services, but an alert pops up on the computer that I am not allowed to do that at school.

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    25. I got 870, last sentence: “I am Jen.” The girl explained, who was with Dakota.

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    26. Oh, sorry, Savannah, I didn't see this. This is my first time doing CampNaNo and I did regular NaNo in the fall for the first time. You should totally do one of them! It's a lot of fun and I love that GoTeenWriters hosts Word Wars to help everyone with it.

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    27. My laptop decided to take a break from functionality halfway through the word war, and then took its sweet old time powering back on, so my word count isn't nearly as good as I'd like it--330, last line: "“Come over here,” Kaela calls, motioning towards us--or towards Caledon."

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    28. Finished with 111 words. I probably could have written more, but I hit a bit of a wall while writing one of the scenes. Anyways, my last sentence was: “Hi.” Throwing another rock into the quietly trickling water, she took a deep breath, and her voice quavered as tears threatened to spill anew, “Why does everything have to be this way?” ~Savannah

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    29. Nanowrimo is basically just a month devoted to you writing a novel. You try to write a 50k novel in a month. It is just fun to try with lots of other folks around the world doing it as well.

      It is kinda what started me writing, since I started I could not resist doing everyone that they hosted.

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    30. Wow, those are awesome word counts, guys! This is my second time doing Camp NaNo, and I also did regular NaNo back in November last year. ^-^

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    31. (Assuming that there is one) Can either of you give me the link to the CampNaNo website? ~Savannah

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    32. Catsi - I HATE when laptops do that. It is probably one of my biggest pet peeves.
      Savannah - Great job anyways! I love your last sentences.
      Olivia - sure! I might leave, though (and I know you totally joined because you wanted to write with me :) haha)

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    33. Thanks, Melody :). It was fun warring with y'all! Hopefully I'll be back later, but for now, I've got to go :). ~Savannah

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    34. Hate to break up the party even more, but I have to go as well... sorry guys! I will be writing later though!

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    1. If you are still available, I might do another with Melody right above.

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  7. Anyone interested in a war?

    ~K.A.C.

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    1. Do you want to go from :50 to :05

      ~K.A.C.

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    2. 373 words, last line "I play piano, but just songs other people write."

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    3. Wrote 476 words. Last sentence: she would jave to remeber to fix it next time she was home.
      We can go again from :15 to :30

      ~K.A.C.

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    4. Sorry, i have to go. my mother's calling me to do chores, i wrote a few words, but not a lot. It was nice warring with you.

      ~K.A.C.

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    5. Have to stop early with 135 words. Thanks for warring! I hit my Camp NaNo goal for the day and even got a little more, so I'm starting to catch up to my overall goal (finally).

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  8. (for anyone who knows) I'm assuming CampNaNo both starts and ends at specific times. I know it already started, but when does it end? Thanks! ~Savannah

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    1. It lasts for exactly one month, so July Camp NaNo starts July 1 and ends July 31. ^_^

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    2. Cool, thanks! So, would I still be able to join in, even though it's twelve days into it? ~Savannah

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    3. Yeah, you can join at any time. Though you might not get into a cabin (a virtual writing group where members can chat on a message board) this late, I'm not really sure. Definitely look into it--lots of fun, and you can get quite a bit written.

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    4. Thanks, Ellie :). ~Savannah

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  9. Can anyone do a quick war soonish? I'm guessing I have twenty minutes, maybe a little more. (I will definitely be back in 4 hours, though.)

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  10. Ugh...unmotivated, people. I'm having issues with my story. :(. Anyway, I got like 791 words written today, and about 5k since the war started. I've to go to bed where I live, so thanks for the wars everyone! I hope you all meet your goals, and good luck to you Camp NaNo folks. :p

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    1. Good luck to the rest of you, too :).

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  11. Anyone still around for a war? Can do any time for the next hour and a half.

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    1. I'm around! If you see this, :00-:15?

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    2. My word count was 331, last line "Kaela scans her keycard and pushes the door open. “They’re too loud.”

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    3. My count was 259, ending with: But there’s no point in worrying about what could have happened. The only thing that matters is the course that reality ended up taking.

      Want to do another?

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    4. Hi. I know you guys are finishing up a war (i got here two minutes before it ended). If you want to do another one afterward, i'd be happy to join in.

      ~K.A.C.

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    5. 458 this time, ending on "There's a message from Caledon: 'Love you, Rory. Goodnight.'" I've got to get off the computer now, sadly, or I'd go again. Thanks for warring! :D

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    6. I got 298, ending with: Heather reached down and tossed a rock into the darkness. It flew straight until it hit the boundary between the tunnel and the Path—then it slowed, like she’d dropped it into a bowl of not-quite-set Jello, and drifted off.

      Hi, K.A.C.! I can definitely do another one, feel free to jump on in!

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    7. Thanks for the wars, Catsi! See you later :)

      K.A.C.--do you want to do one from :50-:05? That's the last war I'll be able to do if I have any hope of going to bed at a reasonable time . . .

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    8. 338, ending with: *It's okay. It wasn't real.*

      That's the last one I can do for now. Hope to war again tomorrow!

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    9. I wrote 416 words. Thanks for the last war.

      ~K.A.C.

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  12. Ash here.
    Okay, so I have never actually participated in a word war and have a question. Do you just write random words that come to mind, or do you actually do a story or something? I haven't done one yet because I didn't know the answer to that question so ya. :P

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    1. Typically we'll just work on whatever novel/short story we're already working on, but you could write whatever you wanted :) I'm doing one above if you'd like to give it a shot.

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    2. Hi Ash.
      Most people just work on their current manuscrip or project, but you can also write a quick story that just pops in your mind. The point of a word was is to write as many words as you can in the given time. The next war i from :50 to :05 if you want to join in.

      ~K.A.C.

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  13. Hi, is anyone still around for a war? I'm available for the next hour or so.

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    1. How does :00 to :15 sound?

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    2. I got 324 words and my last full sentence was: "Is something wrong?"

      Sorry I didn't respond to that last post. :) I typed out the words and I forgot to publish it. :P

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    3. Hope you still did it. If not, sorry.

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    4. No problem :) and nice! I got 296 words and my last sentence was: "Does it ever get any easier?". Want to another one from :20 to :40?

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    5. I actually promised to play a game with my sister, so I don't think I can do it now. Sorry. :(

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    6. Hey, mind if I join in? -Miriam

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    7. Sorry it took a bit to reply. Bad wifi. :P

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    8. Actually, I can. So, I'll start now. :)

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    9. Miriam, that's fine! We're in the middle of one, now.

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    10. I got 311 words. The last sentence was: She smoothed her hair away from her face.

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    11. I got 523 words. I'm at a bit of a slow part right now. I haven't planned this section as thoroughly. The last sentences are: "The wind stilled and the child fell to her knees. 'Can you help me?' What had she become?".

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    12. Thanks for letting me join! I got 550 words. My last sentence was: "Can we talk later?" I said, trying to keep the bitterness out of my voice. "I'm kinda busy right now." -Miriam

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    13. Want to do another one from :45 to :50? I should sleep after that.

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    14. Great job! I've got to go. I may be on later, though, if you are still around.

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    15. Thanks! You too! :) See you around sometime.

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    16. Sorry, I have to go now too, but thanks for letting me join you guys! -Miriam

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    17. 582 words. Last sentence: So? I can probably do one more from :50 to :00 if anyone wants to join.

      ~K.A.C.

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    18. That's awesome! I should probably sleep now, but I might come back later.

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  14. Signing off with 2329 words for the day--I haven't gotten that many in one day for MONTHS. Thanks for the wars, everyone!

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