It’s that time of year again

Jack-o-lantern (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

All down the lane, pumpkins are hung with care. Little boys and girls, their faces covered in mock blood, drift to sleep. Visions of overflowing bags of candy bring the children peace. While nearby, burrowed in their alcoves, huddling behind their keyboards, the season’s true denizens stir. Steamy mugs of caffeinated bliss leave ringed stains on makeshift desks.



They fly through the night, seeking homes. Words forming sentences, sentences forming paragraphs, dialog, and thought. The season of darkness is upon us!

It is NanoWriMo once more!

For those of you new to the blog, or at least unfamiliar with Nanowrimo, every November there is a friendly little contest known as National Novel Writing Month, or Nanowrimo. The idea is that for one month (November), folks gather around and try to hack out that novel they’ve always said they were going to write. To win you just need to reach 50,000 words before December 1 – not necessarily finish writing, but 50k. In the last 5 years, I’ve made it twice, failed twice, and abstained once.

The question before me is: am I going to do it this year? Unlike past years, this year I’m working from home, which means I don’t have to deal with the trials of a commute sucking at my time. In theory, time has always been the biggest hurdle for me, and I technically have that time this year. I want to waffle and say I have nothing to write about, but I know that’s not true. That’s just me trying to avoid writing the novel. Ironic, since I just explained that the point of Nanowrimo is to get off your duff and write that novel you’ve been avoiding.


I have a little over a week to decide, but I think we all know how this ends.