NaNo Note (1)

Fall is in the air and along with colorful leaves, apple cider, and all things pumpkin, it's time to consider NaNoWriMo.  For those unfamiliar with the strange abbreviation word, NaNoWriMo is National Novel Writing Month and takes place in November.  The goal is to write approximately 1,667 words every day resulting in a 50,000 word novel by the end of the month.  And I'm participating.  Again.  Am I crazy?  Yeah, probably.  But then I have to stop and ask myself,

How could I say no to this year when they finally decided to include monkeys on the participant badges??? 

This will be my fourth year participating in the competition, and surprisingly, I have three "wins" under my belt from '07, '08, and '09.  (Disclaimer: In NaNoWriMo, "win" is defined as reaching the 50K mark and does not indicate the accomplishment of having composed anything remotely readable.)  Of course, even though I'll be embarking on this crazy journey of fast paced novelling, I don't want anyone to fear that I'll be abandoning my blog.  Granted, Her Book Self is the main reason I almost decided against another year of NaNo, but I found a way to keep this blog flowing while still devoting my writing energy to a crazy novel project.

Most of my posts are scheduled in advance anyway, so I'm pleased to give you a sneak preview of what to expect from this blog next month.  To start with I have two advance reviews to share.  These are books I read and reviewed this summer, but seeing as how both are books that will be released in November, I've held the reviews to post closer to the time when the books will hit the shelves of stores.  I also have two great upcoming author interviews!  If you've seen my author interview index, you'll have a multiple choice of which talented writers will be gracing me with their presence.  And I'm taking part in a very exciting YA book release event called Fall Into Fantasy hosted by one of my favorite book blogs, The Bookish Type.  I'll be reviewing Sophie Jordan's Firelight ...with a special swag giveaway!  Stay tuned for all of that as well as my NaNoWriMo updates (my user name is elbakerone for anyone who wants to follow my daily progress). 

Wishing Everyone a Happy Soon To Be November!

6 Response to "NaNo Note (1)"

  1. Hilde says:
    October 24, 2010 at 10:42 AM

    Best of luck with NaNo! I've participated a couple of times, but real life (like uni and exams) got in the way so I never finished. I'd like to try again this year, but I'm a little intimidated and I have no clue what to write about. We'll see how I feel next Monday. :)

  2. Chrystal says:
    October 24, 2010 at 5:49 PM

    Good luck with NaNo! This will be my first year and I am nervous, yet excited. :)

  3. JC Phelps says:
    October 24, 2010 at 8:40 PM

    We just had our first "Kick Off Party" this evening. We will be having another next weekend and I hope to make that one too. It's nice to put faces to the names in the group. It's too bad there wasn't an easy way to get together with others across the country too!

    Good luck to you this year and I hope I can get my 50,000 too!

    JC

  4. shelleyegeland says:
    October 26, 2010 at 9:19 AM

    You can do it Lisa :) I look forward to proudly sporting autographed copies of your books one day.

  5. Jen says:
    October 27, 2010 at 4:21 PM

    I'm still wavering about participating in NaNoWriMo... Life, trying to keep up on my reading, my blogging, and starting a new job mid-November. I want to, but I don't want to do NaNo halfway. Glad to see you figured out how to make it work! I guess I still have a few more days to figure it all out.

    But the monkeys are hard to say no to. So cute.

  6. carolsnotebook says:
    October 29, 2010 at 10:36 AM

    Have a great month of writing. Good luck!

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