Hello lovies, hopefully everyone had a fun, safe, and scary Halloween! I myself watched The Shining, which was every bit as scary as promised, though I found it somewhat less scary than other people did because I spent about half the movie with a scarf over my head and my hands over my eyes. I have the spine of a jellyfish, guys. Also, I was not expecting frozen Jack Nicholson, but it’s like the Spanish Inquisition – no one ever does.
In any case, Halloween is over, everyone’s packed away their costumes, and everyone’s looking forward to Thanksgiving. I’m going to be traveling (on a bus! for the very first time!) to MIT to stay with some friends. I don’t know what we’re going to do in Boston, but I promise to keep this blog muy muy updated with news.
But what else is going on in November?
As a lot of bloggers, writers, and general Internet people know, November 1st is when people start the process of GOING CRAZY.
How do I mean that?
Well, November 1st is the beginning of NaNoWriMo. It’s been around for so long that it doesn’t seem to need much introduction anymore, but the basic rundown is this: people sign up on the website to write 50,000 words of whatever they want. 50,000 words. FIFTY. THOUSAND. WORDS. If they finish by the end of the month, they get a badge. And, all right, some pride in having written a novella of dubious quality. It is a lot of fun, it’s just extremely crazy. About midway through, the writer (aka ME) usually looks something like this:
I really enjoy NaNoWriMo because, all madness aside, it’s a great way to just sit down and write. Like, forget all that nattering on about quality over quantity – if you want to write, you have to be able to write. You can worry about being the great literary genius of your generation once you’ve written The End in an enormous flourish. Usually most major cities have weekly get-togethers where NaNo-ers sit down in a coffee shop somewhere and write in a group. A lot of professional authors – Maureen Johnson, Scott Westerfeld, Justine Larbastier, to name a few – are giving out tips and advice, since their lives are essentially one long, never-ending NaNoWriMo session.
So scoot on over to the website and sign up!
your friendly neighborhood supergoddess