You might have noticed the little yellow "nano wrimo" graphic on the side bar of this blog. Nanowrimo stands for National Novel Writing Month and takes place from November 1st through November 30th. Those participating in nanowrimo write a 50,000 word rough draft novel in 30 days.
I'd never heard of nanowrimo until last fall when my cousin Catherine announced her intention to write a 30 day novel and was looking for other insane, I mean enthusiastic people to join her. I declined last year, but am really looking forward to participating with her this year. (By the way, she won nanowrimo last year by meeting the 50,000 word goal--way to go Catherine!)
After November 1st, you can click on the yellow typewriter picture (on the sidebar, not on this post) and check out my word count and watch me progress towards 50,000 words. Hopefully the fact that anyone can check in and see how I'm doing will provide the motivation to keep writing and not give up.
Now, a little word of gratitude...
My sister Angela is amazing. Just check out her blog and see what she's been up to if you don't believe me. Angela was the technical wizard who figured out how to make that little yellow rectangle turn into a link to my nanowrimo page. I really don't know how she did it, but I think it involved writing HTML, lighting a scented candle and chanting in binary code. Thank you Angela!