Last week I stopped at Staples to check out the binding options for the loose pages of my "novel" written during last year's National Novel Writing Month. I was astonished to learn that I can have it bound with a coil binding with a clear plastic top sheet and a protective back page for $3.49.
I rented an armored car this afternoon and hauled the results of my blood, sweat and tears during last year's NaNoWriMo to Staples. Am I overly protective? I slinked into the Print and Copy Center, slipped the loose pages and a note with my binding request to the professional and within fifteen minutes was back inside the secure vehicle with NaNoWriMo by Shaddy looking pretty and quite novel if I do say so myself.
My 2009 novel is bound and I am determined. I'm determined to write another 50,000 words this year in the November 2010 challenge.
P.S. I created the title page on a design-a-cover website. The stars represent the imaginary part of my book while the tree reflects the true-to- life, realistic conclusion.