It's November. That means it's National Novel Writing Month, otherwise known as NaNoWriMo. This year, I decided to up the ante by volunteering as a Municipal Liaison for my region, Chicago - otherwise known as ChiWriMo. Here's what I've learned so far:
- I have an awesome NaNo ML Mentor (NaNoWriMo Municpal Liaison, in case you don't speak alphabet soup). Since it's my first year ML-ing, he's my big bruddah and is showing me the ropes. BIG shout out to Owen!
- When speaking to your new NaNo ML, and when deciding off-the-cuff to challenge him and his whole region to a word war, MAKE SURE THAT HIS REGION HASN'T BEEN UNDEFEATED IN EVERY WORD WAR THEY'VE WAGED. Sun-Tzu would be so disappointed in me.
- On the other hand, roundly getting our asses handed to us has helped spur ChiWrimos on to greater and greater heights of wordly prestidigitation.
- BTW, Google says prestidigitation means "magic tricks performed as entertainment".
- There are a LOT of cats on the internet. They are cute. They are distracting. One must ignore them if one expects to make one's word count.
- Facebook is evil and will eat large swaths of your day if you let it.
- But, there are cats on Facebook.
- And therein lies the problem: you can have cats, or you can have NaNo. Making your word count is better than lots of cats but no word count. So use the cats as a reward for word count.
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