As is so often the case, hearing opinions on both side helped me figure out what I really wanted and needed to do. This is what I came up with:
- I would like to do NaNo. It would be fun just to be part of it and challenges are very helpful for me.
- It's more important that I stay focused on my WIP until I finish the final polishing and start actively querying.
- None of the projects I have pending are at the "start writing" point.
- November is a ridiculous month to devote to a major writing challenge. (Remember, I admitted last week that the other thing that always sneaks up on me is Christmas.)
I don't seem to be the only one who isn't quite ready for NaNo and/or who can't give up a month in the middle of the holiday season for a writing challenge. So here's what I propose:
In November, instead of donig NaNo, I'll figure out the details on setting up a writing challenge, which will take place in January - after the holidays, when we need a little spark. If you're interested, you've got two months to pull that new project together so you're ready to go with the New Year. We won't be quite as ambitious in our goals as NaNo and if you want to start writing your story before we start, that's fine, too. This will just be a support and encouragement challenge. With maybe a little added incentive thrown in (give me time to see what I can come up with).
I'll post the details of the New Year Challenge around the beginning of December and if you're interested, or know someone who might be, perhaps you would help spread the word.
What do you think? Sound like a plan?
|This picture has nothing whatsoever to do with today's post. I just thought it was funny.|
Groaner of the Day: Two robins were sitting in a tree.
"I'm really hungry," said the first one. "Let's fly down and find some lunch."
They flew down to the ground and found a nice plot of newly plowed ground that was full of worms. They ate and ate and ate till they could eat no more.
"I'm so full, I don't think I can fly back up into the tree," said the first one.
"Let's just lay back here and bask in the warm sun," said the second.
So they plopped down, basking in the sun. No sooner than they had fallen asleep, when a big fat tomcat came by and gobbled them up.
As the cat sat washing his face after his meal, he thought...
"I JUST LOVE BASKIN ROBINS."