Thank You (NaNoWriMo2015)

No writing occurs in a vacuum. Inspiration, at least to me, is one part random, one part willpower, and two parts the people around me. I am grateful to have such a wonderful community of people to help me not just through NaNoWriMo, but with any and all writing I do. From the teachers who don’t look at me funny when I ask them a random question about something after class, to the people who write alongside me, to those who have given me encouragement just by being there.
Writing wouldn’t be possible for me without such a wonderful family. I’d die of starvation, loneliness, or both. Thanks to my sister, Madisleny, for putting up with my trips to the Miami Write-ins. Thanks to my mother, Rossana, for actually getting me there, no matter the time. Thanks to my father, Marino, for working so hard to keep us all living in a house with food and running water. Thanks to my cousin, Raiko, for being a doctor. All these things might seem unrelated to me completing NaNoWriMo, but they’re really not. No-one writes in a vacuum, and inspiration has to come from somewhere. You all push me to keep writing by your sheer amazingness.
Thanks to my friends. They’re all awesome, and, most importantly, they all stuck by me when I started writing, and they’re still here now. Thanks to Bradley, for the useful advice and all the help with the tricky bits, entire scenes in this would not be possible without you. Thanks to Aaron, for your awesome ideas, and your ability to make me laugh so much. Thanks to Alina for making me realize that writing on this scale is a real and possible thing. Thank you to Mia, for pushing me to actually join up, and crossing that finish line with me. Thank you to Keila, for trying. I knew you had it in you to succeed. Thank you to the Miami NaNoWriMo community, especially to those who went to the write-ins, for just sitting there, and writing with me – some people call it antisocial, I say it’s the best bonding experience ever. Thank you to all of you, for making me realize I am not alone in anything I do. I mean… you’re all my friends, how much weirder could it get?
Thanks to all my teachers. Even if you had no clue what I was doing this month and you’re mad at me for having some late assignments, thank you anyways. Thanks to my anatomy teacher, Ms. Besterman, for answering my questions. Thank you to Mrs. Acheson; your sense of humor was great inspiration. Thank you to my math teacher, Mrs. Salgato, for… well, being a math teacher. That’s scary. Thank you to my AP Literature teacher, Mr. Sosa, for putting up with my strangeness, from time-travel in The Great Gatsby, to blaming things on the flux capacitors, and for actually understanding what I’m talking about when I say so long and thanks for all the fish. It’s about time someone gets my references to random things! Thank you to my programming teacher, Ms. Ramirez, for teaching Java. Where do you think I came up with the idea for that giant warship programming thing? Thanks to my U.S. History teacher, Mrs. Milan; turns out, history is a great place for inspiration! You all helped in your own little way, and my writing is all the better for it.
Finally, thanks to all those big organizations that make this all possible. Thank you to MS word’s auto-save feature, to wordpress for free blog hosting, to Panera Bread, for letting us sit there and write, and, of course, thank you to NaNoWriMo itself. The levels of motivation you fueled my writing spirit with are incredibly vast. Maybe I did write fifty thousand words in the month of November, but that’s only because you were there to help me along the way.
Just a giant, huge thank you to anyone who has been in my life, and it has been an absolute honor to be in yours. You have each effected my writing in your own little way, and I wouldn’t be the person I am without you.

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