Can YOU Say NaNoWriMo?

National Novel Writing Month

Don’t worry. My mouth had a hard time pronouncing it at first, too. But my brain knew from the minute it learned about National Novel Writing Month, it wanted to participate this year.

For those of you unfamiliar with NaNoWriMo, it’s 30 days and nights of literary abandon as you attempt to write a 50K word novel from start to finish within the month of November. Now, April may be the cruelest month…but November, she’s a bitch, too.

There’s all the pre-Xmas and Hanukkah hoopla, there’s parent-teacher conferences, and my kids’ Variety Show to attend. There are all the events which I (over)volunteered myself for with the school’s PTA. I’m still reeling from the month of “ill” in September when half the house was sick and caused my platelets (due to a pesky auto-immune disorder I have called ITP) to take a nosedive throughout October. As well as the fact that my amazingly healthy dad who normally defies medical odds had to have major surgery yesterday and I plan on spending a lot of quality time with him during his month-long re-cooperation. I’ve got a road trip planned with my childhood friend Steph to see the mighty Judas Priest on their farewell tour, too! Oh, and did I mention Thanksgiving? It happens to be one of the busiest weekends of the year for touring rock bands. We will most likely get stuck in massive traffic caused by travelers on a quest for turkey while we attempt to “commute to work” in NYC for moe.‘s two-night stand at Terminal 5 that weekend.

But hey. We do gain an extra hour in November. And I plan on using all 60 minutes of it writing!

So family, friends and followers be fair-warned: there will be no spare time this month. Only NaNo time. I’m a girl on a mission. The Program Director of NaNoWriMo advised us to shout it from the rooftops, as “the more people who know what you’re working on, the more accountable you’ll feel and the likelier you are to hit the 50,000-word goal.”

Curious to know what I’ll be working on? Stay tuned!

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  • http://mirrorknobdream.wordpress.com Kristine_ES

    REALLY excited for you as you set out on the journey, girl on a mission! May it be everything you want it to be. *thumbs up*

    • http://jesstopper.wordpress.com jesstopper

      Thanks, Kris! You know, I warned Bruce I would be dedicating a book to him. This might just be the one! LOL

  • http://thenormalcouple.wordpress.com kiwikar

    I am currently on a mission of gathering some writing buddys for NaNo. It’s gonna be my first time participating and I am quite excited! So if you’d like another buddy just add me! My name there is Kiwikar. :)

    And also, I envy you so much for getting to see Judas Priest! I’ve never seen them live.

    • http://jesstopper.wordpress.com jesstopper

      Thanks for visiting my newborn blog, kiwikar! And good luck with NaNo – it’s my first year too. I will look for you over there! Last I checked, the buddy area wasn’t up and running. Soon, I’m sure!
      I’ve only seen Priest a few times, since Rob Halford returned to the fold. Good stuff.

      • http://thenormalcouple.wordpress.com kiwikar

        The buddy area has been working for at least 2 days now I think :). So go ahead with adding me and I’ll add you back!

        Only one more day left…