NaNoWriMo 2009

My sole purpose for living (at least for next month anyway) is to crank out 50,000 words in 30 days. That’s right, NaNoWriMo 2009 is about to begin! This is my first time participating in the National Novel Writing Month, and I am quite excited. I’m not sure what to expect, but I know I will enjoy it, even if I don’t manage to make the final goal.

I’ve already registered online and have most of my checklist under control:

  • Access to a computer. It isn’t much of a computer, but it has the basics to get the job done. The way I figure it, the bare-bones-basics are a good way to stay focused.
  • Writing music. Sometimes you just need a good song to keep you going. I also find certain music helps write certain moods, so I’m equipped with a diverse listening package.
  • Prewriting. From character sketches, to outlines, to free-writes. All are considered “legal” as long as not directly used in the final product.
  • Rewards. I need lots of encouragement and have small treats for reaching daily goals (mine is about 2,000 words), medium rewards for weekly achievements, and of course, a party upon completion.
  • A buddy or two.  Friends are important. They provide support, and are available to bounce ideas off of… as well as being around for periodical rants and tantrums.
  • Comfort items. Little things are also important, like a comfy chair, or your favorite snack and/or beverage. It is amazing what the little things can do.  Among my comfy items is a squishy stress ball in the shape of a brain.

I’ll be sure to have periodic updates now and then about my progress and if I have any major learning experiences along the way. Otherwise, don’t expect to hear much from me next month. My words are clearly needed elsewhere. =)

Happy Bloggy Birthday!

I started this blog one year ago, with no real vision of its future. While I was tremendously excited about the new endeavor, I was realistically doubtful. You see, I was horrible with diaries as a child, many of them were lucky to last an entire month. Life has a way of sweeping you along, leaving you little time for reflection, much less time for writing. Then again, as a child I hardly had anything remotely related to the patience such journaling required.

My reasons for blogging was both a selfish need to write quasi-regularly and my desire to share my thoughts, experiences, rants, and ravings with whoever wanted to pay attention. I did not expect it to last very long, nor to develop as much as it has. What started with a single book review, has grown to contain its own review station (if you haven’t seen it yet, check out the Simply Amazing Books link). Yes, this blog has done more than survive. Although, I can hardly claim any credit. I just write the stuff. The success of this blog is mostly due to you, my readers. Without you, this blog would be… pointless. Pointless and dead. So thank you.

Here’s to another year of bloggy memories! Cheers!