Tuesday, November 1, 2011
And so it begins.
Yes, it is November.
Yes, it is NaNo time. (NaNoWriMo for those of you who just got back from Guam).
That one month of the year where anyone who fancies themselves a writer frantically puts pen to paper, fingers to keyboards, and heads to desks in an effort to complete the daunting task of finishing a novel (50,000 words) in 30 days.
Are YOU one of those brave souls? This year, once again, I will be one of them. Maybe this year, I'll finish.
For the third year in a row, I accept the challenge. Now - accepting and completing are two totally different things. Because, as with everything we WANT to do, reality gets in the way with things we HAVE to do.
Like work. Job #2 requires that I sign my soul away for ten days every November. Sleep and I become estranged, as do nutrition and I. I learn to survive on five hour energy drinks, many jolts of caffeine in different forms, nicotine, and sugar - lots and lots of sugar. All in all, once the 14th of November hits, I will have completed, between BOTH my jobs, about 130 hours of work - give or take. Which isn't bad if it was evenly spread out throughout those ten days. But it's not.
And then, factor in daily requirements - laundry, general housework - which somehow multiply in those ten days, and find the time to socialize with family where the conversation consists of more than monosyllabic grunts of "Hi." "Fine." and "G'night."...well, you see where I'm going with this.
All in all - real life does not want me to complete NaNo. But damn it! *I* want to finish NaNo this year.
And so I shall.
Someone said to me "But you finished NaPoWriMo. Surely you can do this." Ummm, well...did you see the word count requirement? FIFTY. THOUSAND. WORDS. National Poetry Writing Month was free form - really, the only rule was to write a poem a day. No word count.
This task is a little different. More of a challenge. More frightening, more daunting, more, everything. But I shall persevere.
I. SHALL. CONQUER.
To all my fellow scribes participating - I wish you the best of luck. If you are participating and you want to be writing buddies - you know, for moral support, bitching, and all that - just look me up.
My writing name? Angellz - of course. :D
And let's start this month off with a rocking anthem - cuz I'm gonna Do Things MY Way.
Take it away boys.