It's begun! And off to a great start!
It's good to see my plan to write between (and during) participants is working out just fine. It makes the time go by quicker as well, with those minutes now spent writing instead of twiddling my thumbs or rereading my book or (ugh) attempting to prepare for my interview next week (yeah, I know that's probably more important than NaNo-ing, but there isn't quite a sense of achievement!) It just means I do a load of 10-minutes word sprints when my participants are completing the experiment. And then 20-30 minute ones between participants. Repeat x6-7 throughout the day, and up goes the word count.
More than the word count, I'm super happy that I've got through 3 chapters on my plot outline. That puts me well on my goal to actually finish the story, 50K or not (it's so going to be more for the full story).
But we'll see if I can actually keep up the pace. As for what kind of quality is coming out ... well, I'll worry about that one later, right?
This morning was kind of crazy though, because the eye-tracker I use for testing had been unplugged and I hadn't realised, so I was panicking inside when the computer threw me a hardware error. (And at a quarter to 9, the technicians weren't in yet.) I figured I'd set up the upstairs room as it had only been booked for 10am (the perks of starting real early!) And then in the end, my participant was a no show. Grr, I really hate those, though this was my first 9am no-show, funnily enough. It's actually been the late afternoon sign-ups that have been problematic. I just cannot understand why people think it's acceptable to sign up for things and then not turn up without a word/call/email. Like, even if you tell me five minutes before, at least I will know I don't have to stand there waiting for you.
I've also forgot to mention I had a dinner party (well, four guests, that's party enough for me) on Saturday that actually ran until 11pm. I can't believe we just kept the conversation going for 5 hours. That's kind of insane. But I'm happy we all got along so well! Anyway, that was my little nod to Hallowe'en. It's really only special to me because of HP, but that's good enough reason to celebrate a holiday, IMO!