Q:  It’s 1:40pm…do I know where my children are?

A:  Generally, yes.  Both rode their bikes into town to visit the library…Roman’s probably playing Realm of the Mad God, while Jordi is likely watching over his shoulder!  
Q:  What books are on my ping pong table?
A:  A new one, Into the Forest, by Jean Hegland.  Here’s what the Sunday Oregonian had to say about it:  “Hegland’s story – imagistic, lyrical, and ecologically intelligent – challenges the reader to imagine the choices available should our technology fail us…”

Hmm.  Irony noted, as I prompt you all to discover the “technology-heavy” opportunities offered by NaNoWriMo!

While I’m sure that many of you are already acquainted with NaNoWriMo…the fact is that, amongst normal folk, I’m still fielding questions about what NaNoWriMo is on a daily basis!  And so…here are some terms and reminders:

NaNoWriMo stands for National Novel Writing Month…and if you, like me, used to think it stood for National November Writing Month, I imagine we’re in good company…because, that’s when NaNoWriMo happens!  In November!  Or…does it?

But first…just imagine…hundreds of thousands of people (or is it millions now?)…all aiming for the same, wacky, perfect, wonderful goal of…writing a 50,000 word novel in one month!  Generally from scratch, no less.

But honestly…what then?  (Note…read this next section as fast as you can…it’s funnier that way!)  Wait a whole year for the next insanely optimistic – struggle to get any writing done with a belly full of Thanksgiving Turkey or Tofurkey (hmmm…there’s probably a story in that…) – watch your tracking chart bump and flatline and leap up again and flatline…again…aaaauuuggghhhhh!  And don’t forget the agony of trying to figure out HOW a writer is supposed to figure out HOW to upload their precious story so they can be “confirmed at their wordcount” and win the coveted “NaNoWriMo Winner” award!!!!!  Um, I think they change the color of your name or something…anyway, that whole techie experience is truly the only bad thing about the entire process!  And you get your long-wanted novel down on paper or harddrive or into “the cloud” or whatever.  You get the idea.

(Note…you can slow down now…wink, wink!)
So.  How could we wait a whole year for more of this?  Well, frankly…it wasn’t fun.  And so…

Now you don’t have to!  As of Monday, April 1st…(and no, this isn’t a joke)…they have launched CAMP NaNoWriMo!  As in…let’s get that darn rewrite done, folks!

If you haven’t signed up yet – there’s still time.  Look at me?  I’ve got an absurdly huge rewrite word count goal and I’m still only at about 500 words!  But, that’s okay…I’ll just live on coffee and use toothpicks to hold up my eyelids this coming Sunday…

So.  What are you waiting for?  There’s a story inside of you…and likely, you’re already 50,000 words into the rough draft!  What could be more fun than diving in and tweaking it, and twisting it, and thickening it…it’s like making gravy.  Raw ingredients aren’t enough…it’s time to simmer, add the cornstarch, and maybe some salt and pepper…or, if you’re a raw vegan, take those raw ingredients and blend them into the perfect dehydrated seed burger!

Whatever…just don’t miss it!  See you on the charts…

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