|Written by AnDroid|
|Thursday, 05 November 2009 16:20|
I went out to get beer last night and realized our house is the only one on the block with Halloween decorations still up. The skeleton on our door is getting real spider webs on it, the jack-o-lanterns are starting to sag, and the striped stockings on the mannequin legs sticking out from under our house are getting soggy and mud-stained. Yesterday was actually the first time I'd stepped outside since Halloween. I've been locked in the house, banging away at my computer. For the first time I'm seriously participating in National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo).
I must admit I got a late start. On Sunday I was so hungover my brain felt like mush, and I was unable to write anything. The night before we'd had a Halloween party at the house for the second year in a row. Last year got a bit too out of hand, but this year was just the right amount of crazy. For instance, this year my roommate, Devo, who has the alcohol tolerance of an eight-year-old girl, puked on our walkway outside and in the fucking shower. That's bad, right? But last year he puked on the carpet in our living room in the precise spot where I normally put my feet while sitting on the couch. Now I have to wear shoes while watching television.
"It's Britney, bitch!"
Anyway, so now I'm a day behind on NaNoWriMo. What is National Novel Writing Month, you ask? Well, it is what it sounds like. If you check out nanowrimo.org, which is so overrun with traffic right now it takes forever to load, you'll discover a community of writers all going ape shit over the thing. The idea is that we all tend to put off writing our great novel indefinitely, because no one ever has the time. The only way you're ever going to get the thing done is by imposing a deadline and forcing yourself to do it no matter how grueling the process is. NaNoWriMo challenges you to write a 50,000 word novel during the month of November. After registering, which is free, you log onto the site each day and record your word count. You can then look at a chart to see where you're at in comparison to where you should be. That way I can clearly see what an utter failure I am on a daily basis.