No, not Mork and Mindy. This is something else. Another day when I don't have a book review ready to go so I'm faking it. No, no--this is more than that (though I also don't have a book review for you)! After thinking about it and sneering at it and duly noting that the schedule won't really work for me, I'm going to join friends like Gus Sanchez (language occasionally unsuited to children) in NaNoing my own way (That means participating, sort of, in National Novel Writing Month, a.k.a. NaNoWriMo). Here's the plan:
1. Just finish the danged edits. You have time, just need e a little longer attention span!
2. Get the last major bits of the outline in place for the Orcaville PTA #2 (I really need a title. Death By Trombone, perhaps, especially since #1 is looking like Death By Ice Cream. Sets up a nice pattern in titles).
2A. Write the one-page synopsis. That and what outline I've got should be a pretty good roadmap.
3. Start writing, at least by Nov. 6 (post-election. The election-night results party at my house should be a great warm-up for writing about corpses. . . ).
4. Have a wheee of a time and write every day. My big goal is to do it even during Thanksgiving break, meaning I take time to sneak away by myself and write--a great way to improve my sanity, as there will be (counts on fingers) 8 of us in my in-laws rather modest house. Nine for lots of meals.
5. Since my actual goal is more like 80,000 words, I won't be stopping with the end of November.
6. I will ignore the rules (there are way too many) and pick and choose what will be helpful to me.
7. I will try to continue to publish flash fiction and reviews on here, though some weeks I may cheat and share bits from my WIP (more likely the one that's nearly done; I really prefer not to share my rough drafts with anyone).
NaNo is first and foremost meant to encourage people who have long thought or talked about writing a novel to actually do it. I'm not putting myself in that category. But hey--writing is a lonely process (which is just fine most of the time), and joining a community might make it easier. Who knows? In a way, it's already working--I've been working much harder at finishing the current revise of Death By Ice Cream in order to clear my plate to start the fun of generating all-new prose.
So any of you out there who are going to be NaNers, buddy up with me--you'll find me at Rebecca Douglass (yeah, not so original! But I'm working hard to get some name recognition, so seems like hiding behind funny usernames is counter-productive!).
And here's my inspiration for keeping on going: