Monday, October 31, 2011

Write What You NaNo: Calm Before The Storm

First, Happy Halloween! Second, welcome to the last week of the Write What You NaNo BlogParty! This week, I am excited to introduce another four amazing guest bloggers appearing Tuesday through Friday: Margo Berendsen, Steph Sinkhorn, Sommer Leigh, and Alex J. Cavanaugh. I hope you come back to check out their posts!

Can you feel it? There's a slight disturbance in the air, a low pressure system sweeping across the globe. It's the calm before the storm. The NaNoWriMo storm. (dun dun DUN!)

Sorry for the cheesy dramatics, but I can't control myself. The panic is setting in and I'm stressing out. I got zero accomplished on my NaNo To Do list this weekend, so yeah... panic.

In a nutshell, here's how my weekend went: My neighbor stopped by on Saturday asking if I needed help fixing something on my house. I knew I needed help and hiring a roofer would cost over a thousand dollars. So, I accepted the offer.

Alas, nothing goes as smoothly as anticipated, so our afternoon project turned into a two-day ordeal. Two days of me watching him, trying to help even though it was a one person job. I realized this was how my friends and family must feel during NaNo. They stand there, watching from afar, cheering me on, offering support, but not really knowing what else to do or say while I type as fast as my fingers can go.

I was grateful for my neighbor's help so I did what my mom would do: I baked him a banana bread. Actually, I baked two. One for him and one for me. Suddenly, this week and month ahead didn't look so bad. I have an army of friends and family who are excited to watch me embark on this journey. My home project is done. I have a vacation coming up in nine days. And I have a banana bread to enjoy while I type.

So bring it on, NaNo. Give me your best shot. I'm as ready as I'll ever be.

(Programming note: So yeah, NaNo's here. After this week's blogparty ends, my blog posting schedule will be reduced as I try to juggle the blog, my story, my trip to Ireland, my mom's two week visit, and Thanksgiving. As soon as I have it figured out, you will be the first to know. Thanks in advance for your patience!)


  1. This is a really great way to think about NaNo. My husband kind of hovers from afar, wanting to help but knowing the best he can do is offer to go get me a white chocolate mocha from my favorite coffee shop.

  2. I can't believe it starts tomorrow already. I don't know if i'm as prepared as i need to be. Guess we'll find out

  3. Nine days to vacation! Wow, NaNoing in Ireland. Brilliant. :)

  4. eee-gads! NANO IS ALMOST UPON US!
    Dramatics are practically required! lol

  5. "Bring it on, NaNo." That is my new motto!! Thanks :)
    Wishing you all the best as we go into battle--ha ha.

  6. The vacation time will definitely help! Almost as much as the banana bread.

  7. Joining the club of unprepared nanoers! Kid got a flu, thus went my weekend. But I'm NaNoing tomorrow nevertheless. Good luck to all!!

  8. Is everyone ready? T-minus four hours... And I'm still trying to figure out what POV to use. I won't lie--this is my most unprepared year yet. I need all the luck I can get, so thanks everyone!

    Coleen, it does seem rather foreboding, doesn't it? Like wishing Frodo good luck as he heads for Mordor...

    And Nandini, welcome!

  9. Yea, I have no idea what I'm going to do. Right now it's between a partly finished project or a SHINY NEW IDEA in a new genre. EEK!

    Bring on the Jameson!

  10. And the clock starts ticking! Good luck, everyone :)

  11. Oh boy... only 388 words this morning. And this, folks, is why yours truly needs to be better prepared. I have NO IDEA what I'm doing right now. Oh Muse, wherefore art thou? :(

  12. OT - normally i would be TOTALLY JAZZED about the perkins write in in Vadnais Heights, because that's almost walking distance from my house, but tuesday's are my nights to make dinner, so it's a no go for me. Le Sigh.
    We should totally get lunch some time. Probably aftee the craziness that is NaNo

  13. First day down! We can totally do this!


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