I have a problem. The first step is admitting it, right? My problem is finishing the novels I start.
Okay, definitely more than a day late with this post. The 20th came and went and I never got around to writing anything down. I was working on NaNo, and I conveniently got sick last Tuesday. Oh well, at least it’s before the holidays and not on them, right? Speaking of NaNo, anyone working on it should be well on their way to 40K! It seems a mountainous climb, but you’ll make it.
We are supposed to be surpassing 16k. Are you there yet? I’m working on it.
It’s been a few years since I was actually able to start writing NaNo on November first, which means I’m usually behind for the first week until a weekend comes along and I can play catch-up. That’s what I did this weekend. I finally got to where I was supposed to be on Sunday, but staying ahead of the game is what comes next.
Here we go again, right? I hope you have a plot or an idea or a something because NaNo is right around the corner (only two days!). I have… something, but that’s not always enough. I tend to straddle the line between plotter and pantser. I don’t know that you can always be completely prepared for what’s coming when you participate in something like NaNo. You’re kind of at the mercy of your brain and how fast your fingers can type.
Either way, it’s here and it’s time to commit! So far, I haven’t lost one NaNo in eight years and I hope this isn’t the year I do lose. There are just a lot of things up in the air for November so far, and only time will tell how they will work out. In the meantime, I plan to work on my novel as much as time allows.
So what are you writing for NaNo? Do you need any help with plotting or characters? Let me know!
A lot of people used to ask me if I’d go back to China. They’ve stopped asking so much anymore, probably because the experience isn’t shiny or new anymore. It’s been five years since I came back from my year in China and generally, people don’t even mention it. I don’t mention it much either, but it’s always there, lingering in the back of my mind. I think about China when I’m having bad months and wonder if it would be so bad to just move back. I think about how easy it would be to email my contact and have a job and place to live in a day. It would be easy. Beyond easy.
Well, I completely missed last week. You ever have one of those weeks where you get absolutely nothing done? Yeah, that was me last week. Between surprise visits and a stressful week of waiting, I completely spaced most things I was supposed to do, including writing this. The bad news is, of course, that NaNo is coming up and I’m beginning to think I may not get through it this year.
A lot has been happening around here, but not much I can talk about yet. I’ve gotten pretty used to my job where exciting things happen but I can’t share them for months until things are ~official. Life is the same way. Don’t count your eggs before they’re hatched, my grandparents used to say. So what can we talk about? Well, it’s almost October, which means it’s almost November which means NaNoWriMo!