For the third year in a row, I am attempting NaNoWriMo. National Novel Writing Month occurs in November, when thousands of crazy people around the world try to write an entire 50,000-word novel in 30 days. I have been unsuccessful in my first two attempts, but I've vowed to reach that 50,000-word mark this year. I already have the counter turned on in my Word program, and I updated my profile on the NaNoWriMo page today. Even more seriously, Norman and I have each vowed to finish our respective projects by the last day of November -- me my novel, he his screenplay -- so this year there will be repercussions if I fail. The last couple of years it's been like, "Oh, well, who cares?" Now I face the possibility of Norman taunting me, and I've found there's nothing like the fear of humiliation to spur me to action. I should mention that Curtis is participating this year as well... except that he seems to have a truly good and perhaps even publishable idea, so I'm not sure he's truly getting into the spirit of the whole write-a-crappy-novel-in-a-month thing. I still need to check in with Gwyllion and Janine to see if they want to be my writing buddies again this year.
Once I get going, I'll put a link here so you lucky half-dozen readers can read excerpts from my magnum opus.