You know how you're looking forward to an exciting event, and the countdown to the event is just as exciting (if not more so) than the event itself?
That's how the countdown to NaNoWriMo is. Sure, midnight the first is really exciting, but counting down the time until you can write and watching as others in time zones ahead of you start is what makes the event really exciting. I was on the forums this afternoon as writers in Australia and New Zealand were already beginning to write and update their word count. One writer already had nearly 7500 words! (FluffySilver, I commend you.)
Then there's watching fellow Twitter followers get excited and start. I follow NaNo Twitterers from around the world, from India to Britain, and watching them get excited and start writing only served to get me even more excited. Since some of us follow each other, we piggybacked on each other's conversations, creating an atmosphere of capslock and NaNo excitement.
Me? I'm taking advantage of the extra hour that living in the U.S. and the end of Daylight Savings Time provide and aiming for ten thousand words before going to bed at the end of the day. Sure, I'll lose time on the way to and from an evening write-in, though I can handwrite on the way and type in my words. However, last year Daylight Savings Time ended on the second, and I hit 10K by taking advantage of that extra hour. Perhaps I can do it within twenty-five hours this year instead of twenty-seven. Time shall see.
P.S. Two hours and twenty-two minutes!