Friday, October 30, 2009

We Interrupt This Broadcast... bring you National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo, or NaNo hereafter). For the uninitiated, NaNo is the bit of insanity that possesses the amateur (and some of the professional) writing community at large during the month of November. I say at large, because currently there are close to 89,000 people signed up to participate this year, world wide.
As I mentioned a couple of days ago, the whole point of NaNo is to write the rough draft of a 50,000 word novel over a 30 day span. Most likely, a really bad rough draft. But a complete story nonetheless.
That boils down to 1,667 words a day. This will be my first attempt at writing something this big, but after writing 5,000 words on Tuesday alone, I'm pretty sure that I can do it. By ingesting a significant amount of coffee and not sleeping at all.
Oh, and did I mention that I will also be typing up the novels that both of the girls are planning to write?

So, what am I writing, you want to know? Thanks for asking! The current story outline includes a boy named Citrian, a kidnapped mother, clues carved on cubes, talking/dying rocks, a villain filled with glass shards, and a double-edged allegory. If you want to find out how I intend to combine elements of geology, letterboxing, and mercy, you'll have to come back after I figure it out. I can't start writing till Sunday, after all.

Since I probably won't be carving for awhile, I had to make a stamp dedicated to NaNo. Just 'cuz.

The automatic "guest" posts will begin on Monday. See you all in a couple of weeks!


  1. I'm thinking some voice recognition software might be in order for you . . .

    "Eight was the keep it down you two number she loved I'm tryin' to write most, and eight the cereal is in the pantry loved her back. In Dad will grill hamburgers the spring of tonight . . . "

    I guess voice recognition word processing isn't the best tool for a mom after all.

  2. Man, you're awesome, Stacy! Have fun writing! Love the stamp! :o)

  3. I love the stamp! Good luck with the projects, my friend - you're awesome! :-)

  4. are going to make me an LTC out of that stamp, aren't you? In December, of course. I can't make you anything to trade for it until then anyway. My own NaNo novel awaits. It involves Telepaths, ciphers I learned from KuKu, several secrets hidden in a bracelet, a kidnapped alien, and a plot to take over the world.
    Come december I'll trade you a "turn off your inner editor" LTC for the "NaNo Logo" LTC...



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