NaNoWriMo and other Stuff

I have never really wanted to write a book.  That being said, the folks at Macmillan who publish my podcast have been pushing the idea toward me.  At some point, I will publish a House Call Doctor book.

But for some reason, I have been struck with the urge to join the whole NaNoWriMo thing.  What is NaNoWriMo?  It is National Novel Writing Month\’s webpage/contest or whatever you want to call it.  The goal is to write a 50,000 word novel by the end of november.  Why would I be struck with this urge?  Don\’t I already have way too much to do?   I am not sure what struck me — although I suspect it might be some type of virus, or a conversion disorder from my past trauma with spider monkeys.  Either makes complete sense to me.

Be that as it may, some of my energy is now directed toward writing a novel.  What will this mean for the blog?  Why are you pestering me with these questions?  I have no idea.  I will say that I am already at word 2334, and am starting to get into it.  I won\’t tell you what it\’s about yet, but I will say that I mention an accordion and a sombrero in the first 1000 words.  I doubt that the length of the writing will daunt me, as I can write 5000 words on foot fungus without batting an eye.  My school excuses for kids at work are 2000 words.  I am verbose.

So I pose the question to my fabulously creative readers: why not join me?  Why not write your novel and we can all become deluded at fame and piles of money together?  Why bother with the election and the state of healthcare when we can live in a fantasy world?

I vow to give a Golden Llama Award to any one of my readers who completes the NaNoWriMo challenge.

How\’s that for motivation?

It beats spider monkey flashbacks.

Here\’s my NaNoWriMo page: ?http://www.nanowrimo.org/eng/user/715495

9 thoughts on “NaNoWriMo and other Stuff”

  1. Wish I could play but I’ve never had a novel in me. My imagination is limited to short takes like poems. Can’t wait to see what you and others come up with though. I admire how novelists can create entire worlds in their heads.
    A sombrero and an accordion? May we expect llamas? A character from North Dakota, perhaps? (Did I ever mention I hail from there? I can help you with research: A) It’s cold. B) You must try kuchen if you ever get the chance. C) The Northern Lights are AWESOME.

    Good luck and have fun!

  2. You brave soul. I am never at a loss for words either…. But well, since that Nobel Peace Prize that I won recently in solving the Global Health Care Crisis, well, I am at a loss for words. Everything seems so inconsequential… ;-)Or perhaps everything else that I have thrown my sombrero into, are getting into the way. That whole mom thing, working, laundry, different committees I sit on… hauling kids to practices… all lame excuses I know.

    You have fun. I can’t wait to see what you come up with. Love your writing.

  3. Okay I have logged on and am scratching my foggy brain…I make no promises other than I will…um think…scratch…stay sober….pace….cry…..regret……maybe give it a go!!

  4. Count me out, but I wish you well. Does sombrero and accordion appear in the same sentence?

  5. I wrote a novel in 2006 for NaNoWriMo and I’m doing it again this year. My first could actually be divided into two – it’s about a young male ER nurse who solves a mystery surrounding a teen’s multiple ER visits and is aimed at the early teen market.
    The one I’m doing now will be growing up as a baby boomer.

  6. I’m signed up. Have less than 1000 written, but will keep plugging away. Seems like a good excercise in discipline if nothing else.

  7. Did it (and won it) in 2005, 06, and 07; then got invited to write DinoLaws, then took a year off. This year I’m concentrating on getting back to the novel that was put aside two years ago; nearly done, ready for heavy-duty editing/revising. NaNo is great for getting the juices flowing and convincing yourself you can really do it. Maybe I’ll do it again one of these years; for now, I have enough other writing stuff on my plate.

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