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Monday, November 2, 2009

Goodbye October, Hello NaNoWriMo

I popped one last peanut M&M and headed to the bathroom to shave off my pirate beard. I was a little sad to see it go, and it was resistant to my straight razor as well (me being too lazy to hit it with the clippers first). But as the razor stripped each patch of hair, I felt comforted. I had my old face back, and to be honest, I looked a lot less silly. It also signaled an ending, mostly just the ending of October and the Halloween season. But staring at myself in the mirror, I looked forward to November.

November is NaNoWriMo.

I've been writing off and on lately, after taking a break from any kind of extracurricular activities that could be considered "work." Having a new child and holding down a day job and a personal life with variable sleeping hours are mostly to blame, but I love my family, and I wouldn't trade the last few months.

As of October 30, I still hadn't jumped back on the writing wagon fully, however. And I've always wanted to partake in NaNoWriMo. So, on November 1st, I set aside some time for my characters. I wrote pages of prose. They weren't great, and they weren't for a novel, but so what. They exist, and they've given previously-inert pages a semblance of life. Awesome.

My goal for November is to write at least a page of text each day, whether it be for blog, short story, or novel. I want to get into the spirit enough to write for a novel, too, so I'm dedicating at least 15 of those pages to a new novel idea I've been thinking about lately.

The score as of Nov 2:
Blog pages: 1
Novel pages: 0
Short story pages: 1
Total pages: 2

3 comments:

Shon said...

Hey, welcome back! Was curious if you were gonna post anything again. Thanks for the update and hey, good luck with your writing!

Keishon

Billy Goat said...

Hey Keishon! Yeah, it's good to be back. Thanks for the good luck wishes! :)

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