because it signifies their last night of freedom for an entire month. for the 30 days following Halloween, we’re all doomed.
our fate can be summed up in one set-of-abbreviations-that-pretends-to-be-a-word: NaNoWriMo. sound it out. it works.
NaNoWriMo, if you’re unfamiliar with it, is short for National Novel Writing Month. it’s a thing where writers all across the world (amateur, professional, delusional) band together and commit to writing for the month of November with a goal of 50,000 words by the end. that’s a small novel (for most people- I’m cursed with a “knack” for writing 120,000 word novels. I do not say that to brag, as I have much smaller chances of getting published with such a word count). that’s an average of 1667 words per day, I think.
last year I participated (you, too, can make an account on the website here!) and used my 50K to finish out my first draft of Finding You and, when that was finished, work on Across the Lake. I was up until about 11:30pm the last night. it was awesome.
but this year I think signing up might have been really stupid; 2014 has been the craziest year of my life, as many of you know because I’ve waited weeks to return your text messages. I have my first grown-up job of my life, volunteer and church commitments, and – wait for it – a social life! (disclaimer: what I call a crazy social life is seeing friends maybe two or three times in a week and it’s EXHAUSTING. is this normal? I just want to curl up in my bunk bed with my glow-in-the-dark stars above me and watch musicals and eat fruit gummies and avoid all human contact.)
I’ve decided to work on my complete rewrite of the first novel I ever finished, previously called Betrayal. this time it’s Treachery (that just blew your mind, admit it), and you can read a bit of it on Figment, here. my description “blurb”, if you’re interested, is as follows:
” a young woman is caught up in the dangerous world of espionage when she joins the plot to reinstate her exiled queen, all the while struggling with love and trust in the face of deception and betrayal. ” (<– I’m terrible at blurbs.)
anyways, wish me luck. I’ve set a calendar for myself, and I’m going to try and stay ahead of schedule. we’ll see how that goes.
if you want to follow along, there’s a chance I’ll be adding some as I go.
thanks, lovelies! comment and let me know if you’re doing NaNoWriMo, and if so, what your project is! also, feel free to add me as a buddy on the site! happy writing! don’t die!! (I already bought chocolate supplies…muahaha.)
(p.s. I actually never did celebrate Halloween as a kid; my parents were super careful about dark stuff and magic and ghosts and all that. then we moved to the boonies and nobody came anyway. as a grown-up,
moral stuff aside, I totally see the need for a holiday where I get to watch Tim Burton movies (today was Beetlejuice – w00t w00t! totally dressing as Lydia Deetz next year) and eat pumpkin desserts and talk about fall leaves and paint my nails epically. so yay!)