Happy November!

Well, it’s November. You know what that means. No shaving!!! Just kidding. I tried that once in high school during basketball and it got real awkward, real gross, real fast. No, it’s November, and that means it’s National Novel Writing Month, or NaNoWriMo. The goal is to write at least 50,000 words of that novel you’ve been wanting to write, but never actually got around to it. I’ve been wanting to do this for a few years now, and even signed up last year, but didn’t write anything. Now I’m fully determined to try it out. I’ve been meaning to start writing again, and this blog was a big help, but I’ve been slacking in that regard (although I have a lot of exciting posts planned! I just need to do some more thinking and research for most of them…).

I’ve written a novel before, back in high school. But believe me, it is far from being publishable, but I just can’t throw away my baby. I’ve decided it will become my first extensive rewriting exercise. I was thinking of rewriting it for NaNoWriMo, but there’s also a fantasy story I’ve been itching to write for a good six years now, and I think that may be more enjoyable to delve into each day. I have some parts written and a lot more planned out, but it’s the world building that’s been slowing me down. And the fear to just… write. So that’s my plan. I’m going to take November to write as much as I can of this new story and use the NaNoWriMo site to help with the encouragement. And it’s actually pretty neat. After day one, I already feel pretty good about my progress. Let’s hope I can keep it up.

It’s looking pretty promising thus far, me thinks. Feeling inspired? Think you can handle writing a novel in a month, or at least the rough makings of one? It’s not too late to sign up and challenge yourself. Check it out!

I’ll update at the end of the month about how far I got, or earlier if I actually reach 50,000 words before the deadline.

So, whether you’re refusing to shave or trying to write a novel, or just enjoying the last weeks of fall, this month should be exciting! Happy November, everyone!


This blogging thing…

So, I’ve kind of done this blogging thing before, but it was for a school project two years ago. And after that, I thought of it as something stupid for self-absorbed and narcissistic people to do. But then I thought about it–truly thought about it–and I said to myself, “Meh. Why not try it?” But I had to come up with a few personal justifications first.

A blog is not intrusive, unless I post it on every social media page I have and share it on all of my friend’s walls and beg them to read it. But generally, one must make an effort to read a blog, so I don’t feel so bad occasionally spewing my thoughts all over one site. I could post Instagram photos of my outfits and food and Starbucks coffee every couple hours instead…

I have always wanted to be a writer, and I kept journals about anything and everything when I was little, so I supposed a blog would be an interesting way to try to write about emotions and experiences again…for when I try to do that for life. I don’t like sharing my creative writing (or any writing for that matter) with people, but eventually I will have to if I want to do what I love. So, I guess in a way this a confidence builder as well. (That means I’m ready to take criticism, too, so judge away!)

Then, during my last year of journalism classes and while working for a book editor, I kept hearing of successful journalists and authors who had blogs that were being picked up by news sources and other authors, followed by politicians, fans, and publishers. I realized that a blog, a tasteful blog, could be a portfolio builder or a base for supporters and fans to visit. But that meant I had to decide on an angle, a genre, a target audience, a brand, all that jazz. Right?

I thought and thought about what my blog would focus on, and I couldn’t decide on any one thing. It was just a place for me, right? I could write about whatever I wanted to… So here, you won’t find me just ranting or gloating about my day, but rather reviews of books I’ve read, music I’ve listened to, movies I’ve watched, new art projects I’ve tried, or my latest cooking inventions spurred on by five hours of cravings and hunger. I might report on the creeper on the morning bus, or a curious incident I witnessed on my way to work, or how that person pissed me off at the grocery store, or what the swaying trees made me think of. I realized that there’s a lot going on all the time, and I wanted to practice getting it out there verbally for whoever cared to read, or for my own development as a person and writer. Some of it may be boring or silly, but I’m not forcing anyone to read this. And unless someone posts a comment, I won’t be any the wiser.

Honestly. I’m not expecting any real following, but maybe a post here or there will touch someone somewhere, sometime. This isn’t me striving for glory, but me delving into a world of hyper interconnectivity and sharing in the experience of people being people. This is me trying this blogging thing out, because it’s something new, and hey. Why not?