November, 19 days away

Along with my hatred of hearing the Monday-Friday speech* I also tire of “oh my gosh it’s [insert month] already!”

We get it. Time passes. Seems too fast.

Get over it.

For the most part I don’t get too excited about a new month unless I happen to be going on vacation… But November is special. Even more special than my birthday which I typically do not celebrate.**


November is NaNoWriMo.

For those of you not in the ‘mo, NaNoWriMo is short for National Novel Writing Month where crazy people the world over attempt to pen 50,000 words between 12:01am November 1st and 11:59pm November 30th.


Because it’s fun.

Because everyone has something to say.

Because without a deadline those story ideas are shelved for ‘someday when…’ everything in our lives is perfect and birds braid our hair in the morning.

Writing a novel is challenging, dirty and, yes, fun work.  NaNoWriMo celebrates that.

If you’ve ever thought “I’m hilarious, I should write a book” or been told “you’re disturbed. You should write a book!” then join  the Scooby gang, grab your monkey badge and join the ranks on

My region has impromptu parties, a Halloween kick-off celebration and even regional wars. Like a game of Risk fought only in written words, we have taken on (and taken down) then entire country of Finland for several years running. It’s rewarding. It’s bloodless battling.

In addition to challenging yourself mentally, you may find yourself giving your fingers a pep talk (YOU can do it, only 1,000 more words tonight!), meeting new and wonderful people I call Novem-friends and walking into December and all those holiday parties with the badge “novel writer” pinned to your jacket. They give out stickers and web badges and everything!

*The Monday-Friday speech goes like this: “I have a case of the Mondays…” “Tuesday [sigh] at least it’s not Monday!” “Wednesday: hump day!” “Thursday, one more day. Just. One. More. Day.” “TGIF! TGIF! TGIF!” and if you work in an office you know these speeches well. They’re annoying and a sign that people are living for the weekend and will return with a sigh and “I have a case of the Mondays…”

**For those who pay attention to calendars my birthday is this week.  I don’t really celebrate. Not a religious thing, just my preference. Thanks to some awesome peoples in my life I will likely work, play some games on the Wii and watch Saved by the Bell on DVD. That’s pretty much the sum of an awesome birthday to me.

Grandpa update: still in the ICU but stabilizing, he had 4 procedures to stop the bleeding ulcers since Thursday and over 30 units of blood and blood products. He is still very ill and we’re keeping pretty close to the hospital as much as possible.


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