From 0 to 50,000 in 30 days or less

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It’s all or nothing, for me, sometimes.  This month, it’s all.

Hello.  I haven’t updated the blog in ages, since early July, even though lots has happened since then, professionally as well as personally.  Rather than put it all in a post, I’m going to try to write a little each week until I get caught up.

November holds a special place in my heart.  In addition to being a very busy time for the shop (but busy in a fun and creative way!), it’s also the month when I attempt to compete in something called NaNoWriMo.  It’s National Novel Writing Month, and for those of us (brave) (crazy) inspired enough to take it on, we attempt to write a novel containing at least 50,000 words in one month.  That means an average of 1,667 words a day, during a month that also contains Thanksgiving, which is no small holiday.  On average, for me, that’s about 2 hours a day.

I’ve “competed” for the past seven years, and although I’ve come close several times, I “won” just once in 2010.  I actually finished the thing early, in 25 days, on Thanksgiving day. It was an incredible amount of work, and some days I was at the computer for six hours or more, but the feeling of accomplishment at the end was indescribable. Of course, I haven’t done anything with that body of work since, but I will.  When one does NaNoWriMo, you write so fast and furiously that there’s no time – or energy – to edit while you’re writing it, but that’s ok.  I’ve wanted to write a novel my whole life, and this is a pretty good way to start. This is how several published writers began, such as Sarah Gruen, who wrote “Water for Elephants,” and Erin Morgenstern, who wrote “The Night Circus.”

So far this year I’m up to 4,004 words in two days, I dreamed up a great story that will keep me motivated, and I have several NaNo buddies who are competing too – including a good friend from high school (who is an incredible playwright and essayist); my husband; and one of Sheri’s kids, who is quite prolific.  It’s fun to try and beat their word counts every day, and lovely to know I’m not alone.

Interested?  It’s not to late to sign up:  http://nanowrimo.org/ .

In addition to this insanity, I’m also halfway through a tech editing course with Joeli Caparco of http://joeliskitchen.com/ .  It’s harder than I thought, but really good!

And I’m supposed to be doing a bunch of research for a Master Gardener committee I joined a couple of months ago.  Plus all the stuff one must start to think about for the upcoming holiday season, and a big to-do list of chores.

And, as I said, dyeing and all that.

I’ll talk about that some more in the next post.  In the meantime, please let us know if there’s anything you’d like us to dye up for your holiday knitting!

Happy NaNovember.

— Meg

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