Friday, November 30, 2012

NaNoWriMo 2012 -- Consider Yourself DEFEATED!

I did it! I did it! I did it!

::Cue Victory Dance::

I really didn't think I could pull it off this year. My darkest moment was last night, staring at my blinking cursor, needing 10k more words to go and giving up, wallowing in my own self pity. "I'm just too busy, being a professor sucks nuts..." I wined... and whined...

But then, today? With a burst of renewed creative energy (and, ok, an extreme amount of coffee) I sprinted to the finish line.

This month I wrote a novel. I. am. awesome.

All awesomeness aside, as per expected, my novel needs work. It took me about 10k words in the beginning of nonsense to get a handle on what this crazy plot would look like (it's two stories, about the same woman, woven into one... and it gets a little trippy), another 20k to really relate to my own protag, and I'm JUST ABOUT at the climax of my book when... when the two folks that you KNOW shouldn't get together are just... just.... just about to... if only...

So naturally, I'm not done yet. This novel needs work. Lots of it. But you know what? I believe in it. I truly, truly, really believe in this novel. That's not enough, I know. It's a start, though. This is an important story. I'm going to live to tell it :) :) :)

In other news, my house needs cleaning, I need a shower, and I need to consume some serious alcohol in celebration.

I bid you -- adeiu.

Saturday, November 10, 2012

Why November is My Favorite Month

Happy November!

Yes, yes, ten days late. But whatever -- I've been busy.

There are a few things I LOVE about November, this time of the year.

First, it means the year is winding down. We've only two months left of 2012, and that tends to get a fire under my butt to reach my annual goals. This month has been no exception.

I've only got two months left to get rejection letters, and I'm currently short by 13! Ah! I need to send some submissions off to some quickie publications. On that note, I did send off a submission today :) One with a low acceptance rate, which means a high chance of rejection. Yay.

I HAVE been getting a few acceptance lately, too! A nice side effect of my rejection mission is that sometimes, sometimes, things work out. Three in the past month. Booya.

What else do I love about November?

It also means the semester is fixing to finish. My first semester as a full-time instructor has been great, but I'm so looking forward to a break. I'm starting to see the "fruits" of my labors, so to speak, in my students' writing. Yay. I feel important.

And then, of course, there's NaNoWriMo, that one time of the year when everyone cheers each other on to finish an insanely ambitious goal. My November novel is a little slow going. I'm behind on my word count, but I REALLY believe in my plot, my stories, my characters. It started off as a humorous type story, but it's morphing into something important (I think). So I'm excited about the prospect. Will this be my first FINISHED novel? I hope so. Anyway, I love Nanowrimo because it's all about goals, about motivation, about writing without second guessing yourself. Starting a novel is scary, but nano takes away my excuses and makes me just... write.

November is also my birthday month :) I'm turning twenty-six. Birthdays are always a time of self-reflection for me. What have I done with this time?

Plus there's pie.

And beards... mmmm... Novembeards.