So, that happened.
This past month I wrote over 67K words about a brewery where the owner ends up tets up in his own lauter tun and the stories of the folks who worked with him and ending with the murder itself. Now to edit the hell out of it and see if I can sell it, because brewing around here is blowing the hell up and yes- it’s been done before but NOT BY ME.
How’s your novel?
November 1-30. The world needs your novel.
Two things: First, I have pink eye. Second, I’m doing NaNo but as usual I have no plan whatsoever. Third, did I mention the pink eye? The pink eye that is happening mere days before I’m supposedly going to hang out at a food establishment that I sort of hope might consider hiring me because I need a job and sitting in an office has historically proven to be A Poor Fit? No? Maybe I should throw in there that the first 7 days are contagious, so instead of going out for Halloween I spent my evening drinking pumpkin beer and I said two things, didn’t I. FAIL.
I’m up at o’dark-thirty because I went to urgent care and spent about $100 for a consult and some prescription eye drops that need to be dripped in every 6 hours. They said not to worry about when I’m sleeping. Like I could. This hurts. And it’s gross.
So, back to two things: NaNo and pink eye. Both are painful but only one is necessary to my well-being every year and has been since 2005. I’ve only won twice. Still editing the both of them (one was a chick lit and the other a YA). Any hoot, I’m up and all eye-dropped, so I checked the NaNo site and have a zillion messages in my inbox and all of them are pep talks I never quite get around to reading (even though, ZOMG. JAMES. PATTERSON. KAREN RUSSELL. ERIN MORGENSTERN. OTHER PEOPLE I RECOGNIZE NAMES OF BUT HAVEN’T READ.). And then I see Rainbow Rowell’s name. I follow her on Tumblr and now she’s in my NaNo. Wow.
I’m not really as bitter as I seem on my Tumblr. Being bitter and angry takes up a lot of energy and in the end I get stressed out because I’m afraid I’m making someone unhappy or I’m unlikable- and that’s when pink eye. Just… pink eye. The truth is that I have a love-hate relationship with the internet in general and fandom in particular: I have Harry Potter to thank for some really great friendships that have gone from online to real life, mostly due to some really ‘deep’ convos on some forum or other, but that was years ago. In general I don’t have the patience to be the Awesome Fangirl I could be, because part of me is seriously convinced I should get off the computer and do things. But then NaNo. And that sense of getting sucked in again, and the frustration. Argh. I’m also not really good at being unapologetically snarky- “I’ve read all the books and I’m not afraid to hate them” isn’t anything more than me referring to the fact that yes, I read Twilight. I red-penned it. I’m not afraid to hate something everyone else loves if it’s badly written and the protagonist is contrary to everything good about feminism (because there are good things) and her paramour is an evil stalker with a glitter fetish. Then again, I’m about *koff* older than it’s intended audience, so…
<God, I’m tired.>
<Halloween party on Saturday. Should I wear and eyepatch?>
<I can’t believe they cancelled Welcome to the Family after only 3 episodes. Harsh, Fox.>
Anyway, today is the first day of NaNo. Write your novel. Give it a try. You lose nothing. Don’t be afraid to succeed. And read Rainbow’s pep talk (linky above). Yeah, I said, “Rainbow”; because it’s a lovely name that makes me smile just reading it. Just like the pep talk did.