An exhausting and exhilarating, horrible and wonderful, enlightening and baffling experience.
—R. Richards, Minneapolis, MN
It was the kick in the ass I needed.
—D. Fryklind, Vancouver, BC
I wish it wasn’t so, but I know I’ll do it again.
—C. Marlin, Toronto, ON
Who was the twisted S.O.B. who first came up with this idea?
—E. Sparling, Toronto, ON
My cat was happy to have me in the apartment, and thrilled to have me procrastinating by scrubbing out his litter box.
—L. Paterson, Vancouver, BC
My outline went out the window before I had even begun, but I managed to carry on anyway. What did I have to lose?
—M. Perera, Victoria, BC
This has been a valuable starting point for me.
—D. Otis, Vancouver, BC
I’ve never taken part in anything so inspiring one minute and so daunting the next.
—E. Rauscher, St. Louis, MO
I’m too wired to sleep. I want to enjoy this feeling of being on top of the summit after such a long climb.
—G. Turnbull, Kelowna, BC
Even the 3-day time limit didn’t deter me from putting off writing most of it until Sunday lunchtime, when panic took hold.
—Y. Ley, North Vancouver, BC
I pushed myself harder and faster.
—J. Blair, Toronto, ON
Perhaps the most frightening and exhilarating time of my life. A note for future 3-day novelists: regularly assess whether or not circulation still flows to your extremities.
—J. Lentz, Philadelphia, PA
My friend locked himself in his room. I’m not sure if he took food or bathroom breaks and, quite frankly, I’m afraid to ask.
—J. Romero, Las Vegas, NV
On the second day I was hanging out the window, shouting at the neighbour’s dog to be quiet. My neighbour doesn’t have a dog.
—A. Taylor, West Vancouver, BC”
There’s no way to get through this thing without taking risks.
—D. Lewis, Chicago, IL
A mixture of exhaustion, anxiety and intoxicating exhilaration. I lost myself in writing.
—B. Irby, Oak Grove, LA
I learned I can shut up that little editing voice so I can actually finish writing a novel.
—T. Stobbs, Fort St. John, BC
Intense, exhilarating…a darned good excuse to get everyone in the world to leave me alone.
—J. Miller, Vancouver, BC
A wonderful idea. None of the parties can lose.
—A. Kydd, Edmonton, AB
It has been both wonderful and awful.
—J. Domenichini, San Jose, CA
—T. Harrop, Guelph, ON
Exhilarating. I’m exhausted.
—N. Bixler, Seattle, WA
The challenge became a perverse obsession. Thanks for the opportunity of a lifetime.
—P. Hickman, Malta, OH
—D. Kelly & R. Metivier, Toronto, ON
The experience was transformative. Thanks for the opportunity.
—J. Gulbranson, Portland, Oregon
Mind boggling. I had to write a thank you…most incredible high I’ve had in years.
“A coffee-fueled, plot-weaving literary juggernaut.”