Hi, everyone. On the heels of the awesome UCCE Halloween concert comes yet another crazy project for me to take on: NaNoWriMo. Basically, all participants sign up to write a 50,000 word story during the month of November.
Crazy, huh? Some of you might remember me undertaking this last year, resulting in the triumphant finish of Adrift in the Wind. A crap story, but a legitimate short novel. About 55K words.
And this year I’m back with an awesome idea, which you will have to just wait to find out about until later. I don’t have a title yet, but that’s OK — I didn’t know the title of last year’s story until almost the last day of writing it…and I then changed it a few months later during an editing pass. It’s sort of a niche book, though.
In any case, adding this to my already busy schedule means that you might not see much of me in the coming weeks, both in person and online. Apart from, well, Thanksgiving, and one or two concerts worth seeing, I’m pretty much going to be in hibernation during November. Like last year, I plan to cut down on slacking by implementing one serious rule:
No Internet after 11:00AM until I’ve completed at least half my word quota for the day.
Anyone who remembers last year’s rule will notice that this is a little different. In this case, it’s because my morning class ends at 11:00 instead of 12:00 on MWF this semester. The quota rule used to be “all of a day’s quota” but I’ve found that I work best at night anyway. Therefore, I know I can do half in the early afternoon and half at night.
Because of this rule and associated business, don’t expect me to get to back to you on a timely basis…expect me to delay until at least the weekend, and maybe even until the end of November. If you’re lucky, you might just get a “tomorrow morning” response…but don’t count on it.
Joining me here in Berkeley are Candace and Rebecca, the awesome co-MLs for the East Bay region, along with Lily, Alice, Vicky, and maybe Reena, and, um, maybe no one back home in Cupertino? That’s depressing; the count has gone down. Like last year, I invite you to dare yourself to do something amazing: write a novel. Something most people never do in their lives. You can sign up all through November….
If not, wish us luck. I’ve done it once, so I know it’s possible! And when it’s all over, we’ll all be tired but happy, the proud authors of new 50,000-word novels.