It’s already the middle of September, and that means only one thing to me: I have only a month and a half left until National Novel Writing Month kicks off.
Oh sure, I have a birthday coming up at some point or something, and I do believe there’s a bunch of football and even that holiday where everyone things of an exceptional costume idea and then, after a severe bout of laziness, goes as “God’s Gift To Women” or “generic slutty angel/devil/nurse/Victoria’s Secret mannequin”. Whatever.
Yes, a month of reckless literary abandon is looming like a suddenly-opened car door in front of the bike messenger of my life.
Oh sure, it will be fun. It’s impossible to not have fun hanging out with the NaNo crew. Our MLs, Travis and Anna, do a phenomenal job of keeping everything running and making the time spent writing energizing and entertaining. Building on top of those efforts are the antics of Tom and Belynda. The shenanigans shall be glorious, and I will love every moment of it, once we kick things off.
However, this also means I am left with a mere month and a half to cast an engaging set of characters and try to pound my brain to come up with a plot worthy of 50,000 words. I think I’m nearing the point where I start having “showing up to class in my underwear” style dreams about NaNo starting and not having an idea in the world of what to write about. It becomes a true nightmare when I end up writing a novel length version of Charlie the Unicorn. (No. I won’t link to it. It hurts too much. Google it if you must, but you’ve been warned.)
So, my task for each of you is to be as entertaining as possible, so I can rip off you personalities and give them to my characters while making them do embarrassing and nasty things to each other. I thank you in advance for your cooperation.
In any case, the NaNoWriMo website relaunches on October 1st, so get ready to head over there, sign up, and commiserate as we prepare for a month of caffeine shakes, sadism, and repetitive motion injuries.
Hope to see you there!