Monday, October 31, 2011

Goodbye October

Whew! I can hardly believe another month has already come and gone.  And while it's with a bit of sadness that I say, "Goodbye October!" *waves*, it's also with a healthy gulp of excitement *quickly turns with open arms* that I also say, "Hellooooo November!" *winks*

I know! It's totally wrong of me to talk about the months like they were some old recurring fling who comes in and out of my life on an annual basis, like some winter cold, or bronchitis. But don't judge me, because in my defense they ALL know the score well beforehand. (And Tawna, if you're reading this...NO SNICKERING!)

But I have to admit that October definitely gave me a run for my money, the little stinker. Let's just say it was pretty crazy around here, with the opening of the Texas State Fair (which was a BLAST by the way), Octoberfest, Fall festivals, the first cool front and for some of you first snows, the World Series (which I DON'T want to talk about, let's just say I'm still a little sore about it) and now, finally...  



So with the last day of October on the cusp of flinging us ruthlessly into November, I can't help but dwell on a few very exciting events that await me in November.  Of course there's Thanksgiving, which is always a pleasant given this time of year and a thoroughly anticipated holiday in my household. There's also the birthday of my baby brother (Nov. 1st), Happy (early) Birthday Josiah!!! But what makes this year's November even more special, is that it brings something completely new and unexplored for me...NaNoWriMo!!!

That's right readers, this will be my FIRST year participating in the craziness that is NaNoWriMo.  And I have to admit that while I'm not all that sure what to expect, I'm pretty positive that this will be both an interesting and unforgettable experience for me as a writer.  Not to mention I'm a little on the petrified side at the idea of trying to write 50k words, basically an entire novel in one months time, I definitely feel a rush of adrenaline at stepping up to the plate and accepting this challenge.

After reading numerous blogs about how best to approach this, I'm still unsure of what the best method of going about this may actually be that will gain me actual success in reaching the 50k mark.  But I did at least make it a point to think about and flesh out my story plot and character in advance with hopes of making this as smooth an experience as possible.  So after all the brainstorming and tweaking I did manage to squeeze in over the last week or so, I think, if nothing else, this will be a very revealing process for me as a writer.

For those who have never heard of NaNoWriMo and would be interested in learning more or possibly participating please visit the NaNoWriMo website:

And to all the 2011 NaNoWriMo participants, GOOD LUCK & let the writing begin!!!

Happy Writing & Happy Reading!!!


  1. Good luck with the 50,000 words, Blaire! Just remember to allow yourself to suck. Writing 50,000 good words in one month is practically impossible. I'm basically writing 40,000 to finish my WIP this month, and I expect the draft to be sucktastic!

  2. Hmmm... good luck! I can't even imagine NaNoing it. You all are crazy. ;)

  3. This is my first year as an official nanowrimo participant too! Here we go! Good luck!

  4. Awesome, Blaire! This is my first NaNoWriMo too! How'd you do on the first day? I managed to hit my personal goal, but if I didn't have kids in school I can't imagine doing this. Also, I have to admit that at the end of the day I went back and did an eensie-weensie bit of sprucing. I made a deal with myself that if I hit my goal for the day, I am allowed to go tweak a little. Now THAT'S motivation. ;-)

  5. Good luck writing like crazy this month! It'll be December before you know it. And you'll be 50,000 words better off. :)

  6. Couldn't commit to NaNo this month as I'm about 10k from finishing my current WIP - so not a good time for starting something fresh.

    May your fingers fly across your keyboard with demonic speed this month, B... and seriously, keep us up to date on progress! :)