Thursday, November 1, 2007

NaNoWoes

Today is the first day of NaNoWriMo, National Novel Writers Month, and anyone who's anyone is participating. Except me. I feel like such a slacker.

I have good excuses for excusing myself:

- I'll be in Michigan for 2 weeks and my
computer cable doesn't stretch that far

- I'm this close to finishing my first draft and
don't want to lose momentum

- I only have 4 ounces of steam left after this last
push to finish & don't think I can do another
50K words this month


Lame? Maybe. But instead I'm toying with the idea of doing NaFeWriMo - a February version! My friend Jennifer did some research and informed me that '08 is a leap year so there's 29 days instead of the usual 28. That extra day could make all the difference!

By February I should (said while holding breath) be done with one or two rounds of edits and possibly even submitting, so it'll be time for my second book. I kind of want to follow up with another memoir, but we'll see.

Speaking of agents, I read Nathan Bransford's blog every day but rarely post. Yesterday I asked a basic question about genres he represents and he answered right back. Cause for celebration, no? I feel like I'm stalking him, screen capturing every time he responds to something I've said, but he's the one agent I already know I plan to submit to and it's so exciting that he knows I exist! At least in a 'who is this random woman and why does she keep pestering me?' kind of way.

*sigh*

Anyway... To update further on the water issue, we have a little water, enough to wash dishes but not enough to shower or do laundry. Someday...

6 comments:

DamaNegra said...

I'm supposed to be NaNoing, but am reading your blog instead. To my defense, I've written a lot today! Er... kind of. Hey, it's still early! I've got time! Or something!

Melanie Avila said...

Good luck with NaNo! I'm so jealous... everyone's doing it & I'm such a joiner. ;)

Janna Qualman said...

Nope, I'm not NaNoing either. *hangs head in shame* I feel like I've missed the boat. And like I'm not part of the Cool Club. Alas, I am busy with lots of other projects, so I'm not a complete slacker. I might try to get into it in a few years, when both my daughters are in school and I can spend more time at it.

Melanie Avila said...

Janna, I'd say you have more than enough going on right now. New article, new blog, who needs a pesky writing competition taking away from that? :)

Jenna said...

NaNoSchmaMo...you have done the equivalant of 2 NaNos in a very short time...and I'm sure it's reading better than my NaNo poo right now :)!

Yeah, I'm with you...I hope to have that man as an agent some day.

Melanie Avila said...

NaNo poo, lol. I really doubt that! And as my first couple chapters need the most help I feel like I'm starting all over!