10.31.11 Tricks and treats.

Well, tonight is an eve of many sorts.

It's All Hallow's Eve. We've had cows and cats and even a (Baltimore) raven. And still we have a cubic ton of sugar. The great thing is that I finally wised up and bought candy that I don't really like. I guess I CAN BE TAUGHT!

It's also the eve of NaNoWriMo, National Novel Writing Month. And I signed up, for the first time. I've done NaBloPoMo before, but I've never tried to write something long, free-form. I've thought about doing it a lot, even added "write a novel" to my non-existent life list. So I've decided to just plunge in, to tell my inner editors to take a vacation (not that they've ever really set foot in this particular space...not them nor the grammar police..), and to start writing. The definition of a "novel" is 50,000 words...and while I don't really have anything sketched out right now, (no plot, no characters...a rough time period and location, but c'est tout.) I figure that by the time I have 50,000 words I might have something worth editing down into something. So I'm just going to start.

And, in related news, I signed up for a half marathon. It's in DC, in March, and there are 2 pals that I'm looking forward to training with and, eventually, running beside.

So I have 2 big projects that are kicking off tomorrow. And I'll still be travelling and helping to plan the season and cast a tier over the next few weeks. So it's a-gonna be BUSY.

But good.  Busy but good. Because in both cases it's all about putting the time in...I'm not aiming to write breathtaking prose or run 7 minute miles (HA!). I'm just going to show up, do the best I can on any given day, and let it be what it's going to be.

I'm steeling myself this evening for the next month's festivities by watching The Sing-Off, planning my running route for tomorrow, having a glass of wine and reading No Plot? No Problem!

Posting will be light here over the next month, as I try to spin my verbal mileage towards NaNoWriMo. Wish me luck!

My five:

  1. Challenges.
  2. Deadlines.
  3. Kids in costumes.
  4. Plans.
  5. Having something to show for it.


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