On Writing

NaNoWriMo: 50 Shades of 50 Thousand Words

Remember remember
the month of November,
To write with or without a plot

The trick-or-treaters all snug in their beds,
coming off of sugar highs, out like a light,
the adults wait for the chime of midnight
a signal to write what is in their heads.

Start something fresh, start something new
with only thirty days in which to tell
a riotous adventure or tear-jerking spell,
Ass in the chair is all you have to do.

I could go on with witty verse and rhyme
but that takes effort and that takes time.

Oh wait…

I started NaNoWriMo back in 2003, when it was just an internet fledgling. Now it is practically mainstream. The community Nano brings is a powerful thing and many have fond memories of when they first got together with strangers to take a crazy challenge to write 50,000 words in month. Bookstores were king. Caffeine revered. Life was Bella Vita.

After taking the past two years off, I am taking up the NaNoWriMo challenge once again. I am at such a good point in my life that I feel really confident of a win. Of course, I must beware the dangers of November. Bad things happen to me in November. Things that involve the emergency room. It doesn’t escape me that this November will mark 5 years since that fateful November 17th, a day that pretty much changed my health forever. Though my “off” days are fewer and fewer, it still is not gone. A lot has changed in 5 years though. I am rather proud of myself for making it to where I am now.

My current word count is a big fat 0. No worries though. 🙂

My novel will be the steampunk (Victorian fantasy) one that I have been pushing off to the side in favor of short stories. Now it will get some much needed attention and focus.

Onward through the Maze of My Imagination!