NanoWriMo? What NanoWriMo?

2016-11-11-174309First, because I promised, here’s a picture of me so far this month. Among other things, new frames came in this week, which have changed my face a bit (though, really, it still the same old lovable mug).

When this month began, I had grand hopes. I wasn’t shaving again until I finished this novel, and I was finishing this novel this month for NanoWriMo? Remember that? Seems like only yesterday to me. Probably from a lack of sleep and time.

Everything else aside, this month has not been off to a stellar start on the creative side. Family is good (great, even), work is fine if tediously long, but free time is an almost foreign commodity.

That said, nothing has changed. I don’t think I’m going to finish it in time for NanoWriMo, but I am going to continue to work on this novel when I can. And just to be ornery (and because it’s winter), I’m not going to shave until it is done. I think one of the secrets I’ve forgotten over the years is that the more I blog, the more I write fiction. So I should make a concerted effort to write more blog entries this wintry season as well. But most of all, I plan on hitting the keyboard hard, starting with this weekend.

OK, It’s a Friday night and I’m still at the office. Time to get wrap up some things and get a move on.

NanoWriMo Day 1 Check In

20161101Obligatory first day of NanoWriMo check in! Mostly to show off that I did shear my face hair. Not a spectacular start (about 1100 words before I needed to stop to get ready for work), but definitely a start, and the day is young yet.

OK, off to work with me. Happy writing, if that’s your thing, but regardless have a good one!

The night before NanoWriMo – happy Halloween!

all-hallows-eveIt is indeed that time of the year – today is Halloween, which makes tomorrow the start of NanoWriMo! That means there are a couple of traditions about to kick off – the sequestered writing sessions, the mad dashes when work intervenes and I have to lock myself off for a few days, and of course – the Shearing.

I started doing this a few years ago, before I’d even heard of MoVember. Everyone thinks I shave it all of on Halloween and grow it in November as a tribute to that cause, but the truth is less admirable. It’s really a combination of my being lazy, plus a personal challenge (of sorts) – how much beard will it take to write this novel?

You see, growing a beard is an itchy and sometimes uncomfortable prospect. Now that we live in California, it’s even more complicated by the days being too warm to be comfortable (to me) in a beard. The growing of the beard is intended as an inspiration to write faster.  It’s a reminder that when I stop, I can shave again.

That mug on the page, though? That’s just me goofing around. I shaved off the middle of the goatee today, in a vaguely lame attempt at a self made costume that didn’t actually come together. Later tonight, I’ll be shaving the rest of it off.

Tomorrow morning (I hope), I will be firing up Novlr and beginning my daily words for the next month.  It’s never really about finishing, but about the practice involved. If you’re taking part this year, feel free to hit me up as an official – or unofficial – NanoWriMo buddy.

I’ll try and keep these posts going through the month, though I make no guarantees. But I will take a few pictures of my mug along the way so you can get an idea of how well its going.