Oh my gosh, here we go again. It’s NaNoWriMo time again, that month where about 130,000 nutzoid people attempt to write a novel of 50,000 words. I made it to 50K last year for the first time out of four tries. Up until about yesterday I didn’t think I was going to do it again, but now I find that I can’t resist. Once again I have a trip planned for November, but this time, rather than a trip to a nationwide conference where I’ll see tons of friendly colleagues, I am going to Mexico to visit my mom and her husband. If they are even there – she has been ill and it’s uncertain whether she’ll make it home before I go. Either way, I’m planning to go and I will write. A lot. At least that’s my plan.
I wonder if it matters that I have no plot ideas, no characters, no witty conversation, no deep philosophical ideas to impart. Nope, I have nothing. Nada. Well, wait. I have my cool Scrivener novel-writing program, and my lightening-fast typing fingers ready. I have XX years worth of experience to pull something from. What else? Surely there’s more.
The last two years I was the “Municipal Liaison” for Chico. It’s fun, and you get to be a little more in the know, but it is also a responsibility. I planned meet and greets at cafes in October, and a kick-off write-in at 11:30 P.M. on October 31. I planned once or twice-weekly write-ins at cafes and showed up for most of them. All this in the interest of generating local energy for this project. This year I decided not to do it. I turned it over to someone else who seemed to really want to do the job. Unfortunately I missed the Meet & Greet (held at her office, not a public spot), and there doesn’t seem to be anything scheduled for a kickoff tonight. Oh well. Maybe I was overdoing it. I will see if anyone wants to meet for writeoffs occasionally.
That still leaves me with no plot, no characters and all that. I think maybe being Municipal Liaison made me focus more on this event, seeing as how I felt responsible for other people. Hmpf. I hope I dream creatively tonight. This could be a very short or at least a somewhat painful project!