(For those of you not in the know, NaNoWriMo is National Novel Writing Month. It's a program that invites you to sign up--www.nanowrimo.org--and pledge to write 50,000 words in 30 days. No excuses, no extensions. The idea is that there's only one thing you need to get your novel written: a deadline.
I was really excited about it in 2011. I needed a project. I needed something to keep me busy. I needed something to think about besides grief and trying to get pregnant again. I needed a distraction.
And then something happened in October of 2011 that threw my plans for a loop. And NaNoWriMo became The Middle of My [Holy Shit I'm So Tired] First Trimester. I was going to bed at 8:30pm every night. I was working a brand new full-time job. I was taking progesterone supplements that made me tired, nauseous, and depressed (not to mention constipated). I was physically incapable of staying awake enough hours to write a novel. I petered out somewhere around the end of week 2, having only hit about 15,000 words.
Last year I decided to do NaNoBloMo instead. I was at the end of my maternity leave, heading back to work but not teaching a class, and I blogged every day of the month of November.
This year? This year I am working the (same old) full time job. My energy-sucking fetus has become an energy-sucking toddler. But I'm tackling NaNoWriMo.
In fact, I'm spear-heading a NaNoWriMo group on campus and trying to get students to join me. I've also
So... if the blog is a little quiet next month, know that I am furiously typing away at this elusive novel. I don't plan to go on a month-long hiatus from the blog or anything (I kind of need this place) but, you know, I've got a daily word count to meet! (1,667 words a day, but who's counting? Oh, wait. I am.)
Any other NaNoWriters out there?