Saturday, November 21, 2009

Hey, it's NOVEMBER!

Well, guess what sneaked up on me, and tried to creep on past. Yup, my very favorite month of the entire year!

I've been thinking about how such a terrible thing could have happened. I have several outrageous excuses reasonable explanations.

1. I celebrated my birthday for almost an entire week. It's the year before what the card industry humorously calls a "landmark birthday" (i.e., I'll be changing both numbers of my age, like, oh, 19 to 20, or 29 to 30), so when my splendid pals offered me the chance for lotsa fun, I took it. It was great!

2. I had revisions on my last book. I know, I know. You are ever so surprised, aren't you? I had revisions! Well, my darlings, every book has revisions. At least that's what they tell me. *chews fingernails nervously* You don't suppose they'd---LIE to me, do you?

3. There's this NaNoWriMo thing going on that I signed up for. Unless I write like the very wind, there's a very good chance that I won't get to 50,000 words by the end of the month. I also have this thing called a JOB that requires my presence and attention 8 hours every day, and a family that also requires my presence and attention 37 hours a day. I am a bit busy.

4. I had a lot of Halloween candy that had to be eaten. Hey, somebody has to do it, and you know me. I'm a step-up-to-the-plate kind of gal, and although I know the metaphor is baseball, let's face it. Most of us are stepping up to the plate at the table. That's what November is all about!

5. Thanksgiving! I plan to watch tv, write, and eat, not necessarily in that order, and not necessarily all at the same time, although let's face it, I will. I'm all about time management, and the most effective way to proceed through my busy life is to multitask. Thanksgiving is ideal for that.

6. I'm also very busy with counting my blessings. And there are many. Many.


Pattie said...

I too had a landmark birthday this month. I'm also failing miserably at NaNoWriMo. But it's all ok.

Enjoy the rest of November!

Janet Spaeth said...

Bet my landmark was bigger than your landmark, LOL!

Belated happy birthday to you! Wouldn't it be funny if we had the same birthday???

I've decided that NaNo is NoMo, as I told Kacie, my pal who HAULED me into NaNo, screaming the entire way. (Just kidding.)

But there were too many things that interrupted me--all very valid, important things, and I finally realized that something had to go, and at the moment the wrong things were getting put aside--family time, family memories, family holidays--and I had a moment of clarity and decided to quit NaNo. (That disgustingly long sentence might make you wonder why I chose to be a writer!)

So I'm with you, Pattie. Time to enjoy. It IS all ok.

Happy Thanksgiving!

Pattie said...

I had the same epiphany, Janet! Which is why I have several unfinished novels on my computer...and why I question all the time about my writing calling.

Thanks for your kind remarks on my blog post. I appreciate them!

PS: My birthday is November 14.

Kacie said...

Honey, I've come to the conclusion that Nano was designed with women like us in mind. It's not *really* about writing a book in a month. No--call me a conspiracy theorist, but I think the *real* goal behind Nano is to teach women who are already juggling far too much the lesson in futility. You know, that we aren't actually superheroes, and we can't do it ALL.

But we ARE superheroes! We won, because we figured out what they were trying to do to us, and we quit before they were successful! We'll still do it all, but we'll do it on our own terms, in our own time. HA! Take that!

Love to you and the kiddos. Have a lovely, yummy, and happy Thanksgiving. I miss you.


Janet Spaeth said...

Ooooh Kacie! I *love* a good conspiracy theory.

Here's my new one:
Janet Writes Whenever She Wants Or When She Has A Deadline
It's kind of a mouthful--JaWrWhShWaOrWhShHaADe--but it's cool. You could have KaWrWhSh-etc.!

Happy Thanksgiving, dear dear Kacie!

Kacie said...

ERggh. I actually tried to pronounce it, but it's just not that, er...catchy. Maybe just stick with NanoNomo? ;)

I'm off to make banana pudding while I grade papers. Yes. I can multi-task like that because I am a SUPERHERO-INE!

Lots of love,