With the #HalloweenSpooktacular2015 now well behind us, it is time to consider other pursuits and interests as the winter slowly robs us of confidence and feeling upbeat about the world at large. The rains are coming down, the holidays and family are rapidly approaching your home, and therefore, there are fewer reasons to want to poke your head out of your office. What better time than now to participate in #NaNoWriMo2015.
Before We Get Started
I would like to recommend that, if you missed any of the work we did during Halloween, you give it a chance and review the shows now. A few of them will be delayed in coming out, and will not hit the feed for some time. (Closet Radio, sadly, is on a two-week delay for podcast listeners, meaning you have at least two more shows waiting for you in the coming weeks.) So, check out all of October’s bloggery here, and if you need something to listen to, all of the new and retrocast episodes of the podcast will also be available for a bit longer. However, do not delay. Some of these pieces will be collected and removed from the site soon enough, so if you want to read them / listen to them, now is your chance.
Thanks again everyone who following the work in October. Halloween is one of my favorite times of the year, and I always get excited about the podcasts and stuff that I get to make this time of year. If you liked all of this, and you want to support what I do, when I would pick up a copy of my Halloween Spoken Word album, The Ways of Ghosts. It is a lot of fun, and you can enjoy it for free, too. If you like what you hear, pick up a copy and support the work I do. I’m quite fond of this recording, and I hope you enjoy it, too.
Now, Let’s Write A Novel
Having really busted my ass last month, it made sense to take things easy, and merely focus on writing a novel to while away the hours. It seems crazy, absolutely, but NaNoWriMo has been going on for years, and I first started toying with writing books this way in 2004. I have attempted to write a novel two other times: once a few years ago, and once in 2006. The former was a story about a middle aged guy who has a crisis, quits his job, and finds love. The later was called Noir Time Like The Present, and was a poorly written detective story that I really quite like. However, I was writing it in parallel to a girls I was trying to woo, as she and I would sit around and try to write together. Since I did not win that girl’s heart, it was hard to finish that month, and thus far I have not yet been successful.
This year is going to be different.
If you are unfamiliar with this event, every November a group of writers assemble in various ways to write a novel in 30 days. Their name is a shortened and convoluted version of National Write A Novel Month, something that goes back to 1999. With the web as a way to really connect people, the organization became a non-profit, and has since worked to help kids and youth get involved in writing. It is a great cause, and a great way to raise awareness about how writing can build your community. For some – like me – I feel a kind of happiness when I am pursuing a piece of writing that I don’t feel any other way, and I love the experience so much that I have been making it a part of my life for as long as I can remember.
It is very easy to come up with reasons to avoid writing. People do it every day. But this time, I’m going to come up with plenty of reasons TO write, and filling this blog will be the perfect excuse.
If you would like to join me in my adventures, I’ll be tracking my novel is a variety of ways. Excerpts will, indeed, appear on this blog, so starting tomorrow (and throughout the month) I’ll run parts of the story in this space. I welcome any any all criticism. It is also a detective story, and as those go, you can usually get away with – ahem – murder, so I’m hoping you’ll be gentle and only bash the parts that truly suck. This is a speed competition, if anything else, I can save plot holes and readability for National Edit A Novel Month in March.
You can track my progress through my profile on the official NaNoWriMo Website, but I have also built a little spreadsheet that I’m using to track my own progress. It is probably the wrong-handed way to go about it, but I wrote it myself, and I have fun fiddling with it as I go.
If you are also competing in NaNoWriMo this year, let me know! We can be be buddies, can commiserate, and if you’re in Salem, OR we can meet up. I’m hoping that this can be a nice and relaxing way to recover from all the work last month, and and at the very least, we can have a good laugh about it all when this is done.