I am not going to apologize for how long it’s been since I’ve posted, and if you want to know why, check out the post before this one (Life Training is Job Training). I will say that it is partially due to the 2 1/2 year old that I mentioned in my last post was fourteen months old at the time. Also due to her little sister who is now almost 3 months old. It’s been a busy year!
But despite busy, two kids, back to work, and trying to keep sane, I am still attempting NaNoWriMo this year. It’s been longer ago that I wrote on any stories than I’ve written here. I haven’t had any time to read unless I was looking up suggestions for first-time bottle feeding or how to help a toddler calm down from a fit. I fall asleep trying to watch movies or TV shows on Netflix. Fiction has been thin in my life lately.
But recently,writing has come up more often in my life. It started with ads for MasterClass’s writing class taught by James Patterson (while a class with James Patterson would be amazing, I’d rather not be one of millions of sycophants staring at a screen with bated breath). That must have been enough of a suggestion that my mind wandered back toward writing and writing-related activities. I found myself thinking and talking about my novel again, trying to find out who was looking at my facebook artist’s page (*waves at the new folks who might have found MfA through that*), signing back onto WordPress and wanting to post.
And signing back on to NaNoWriMo for the first time in three years. If you’ve never heard of National Novel Writing Month, you should check out the link above and at least witness the craziness that is 50,000 words in 30 days. It is silly to think that someone could really write a novel in a month, but it is also so much fun participating and egging on your friends, that I’ve thought about it every November since I first learned about it my senior year of college. This year, the draw is strong.
I will admit that I’m taking it a little easy, jumping back into crazy writing fury with both feet. I’m working on a novel that I’ve already written 35,000 words on before. But I will attempt to write 50,000 new words on that one novel, and hopefully by the time I’m done with November, I’ll have 85,000 words that I can pare down into a decent novel. And if I at least reach 50,000 words total, it will be a small victory, even if I don’t win the month.
So I’ll work on a novel that’s not already in it’s fourth draft, but one that’s not brand new, either. Maybe if I can keep writing this year, I’ll tackle something else out of my Look At Later file next NaNoWriMo.
But I’m going to get through this November first.