20 November 2014


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:

  1. 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!
  2. 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.
  3. On the other hand, roundly getting our asses handed to us has helped spur ChiWrimos on to greater and greater heights of wordly prestidigitation.
  4. BTW, Google says prestidigitation means "magic tricks performed as entertainment".
  5. 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.
  6. Facebook is evil and will eat large swaths of your day if you let it.
  7. But, there are cats on Facebook.
  8. 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.
What about you?  Do you NaNo?  
If so, what are you looking forward to, come December 1st?  
If not, why not?  Jump in, the water's fine!


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