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NaNoWriMo 2008! What the hell am I thinking???

Yes, this November is yet another edition of National Novel Writing Month, and I am yet again going to try to jump into the fray and try to make it through in one piece.

For those of you who don’t know, National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo for short) is an exercise in pain and insanity. More specifically, you try to write a novel in a month. Most specifically, you try to write 50,000 words in a month, which isn’t quite novel length but for crying out loud it’s a lot of words!

It averages 1667 words a day through the entire month of November.

Here’s the breakdown of my attempts so far:

2003: Success, with 90,000 + words.

2004: Failure.

2005: Failure.

2006: Success, with a little over 50,000 words.

2007: Miserable and pathetic failure.

So what are my chances for 2008? Well, I’m currently looking for work, I have a new baby daughter, I’m in the middle of a noir detective allegory that is incredibly time consuming to draw… so I’m thinking the odds are pretty low.

But I’m going to try to do it anyway. Because if being a new father has taught me anything, it’s that flat surfaces look sparkley at four o’clock in the morning.

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