Thursday, November 1, 2007


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.


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...


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... 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!