Nanowrimo – An Introduction


NaNoWriMo is the acronym of National Novel Writing Month and it takes place every November. The Nanowrimo website offers regional write-ins and support, pep talk emails and onsite messages as well as writing buddies and if you want feedback. It is a good time to jump start or restart your novel. This is my third year participating. My first two years I concentrated on a fan fiction that is still in progress, and while this year, I’m working on a non-fiction, part-memoir, part-travel guide, part-spiritual journey, I think that I can use Nanowrimo to get me on the right track.

As implied in the title it begins on November 1st and continues until November 30th.

Yesterday was not a very successful day. I forgot pretty much everything in my life, and ended up missing non-writing events as well as entirely forgetting about it being November 1st. I completed 0 words.

Today, however, I drove myself to Cracker Barrel, and wrote on my Kindle & keyboard for almost two hours for a CB total of 1396 words. I’ve come home and done another 529 words in between making dinner and juggling kids and afterschool snacks.

I do not intend to use this space for Nanowrimo updates, but I may share excerpts. I may do both of those on the Nanowrimo website or on my Facebook page associated with this site.

If you’re not already following me there, I can be found at Griffins and Ginger Snaps FB, and to reach my Nanowrimo Profile Page, just click the link.

My Nanowrimo working title is A Wales Roundabout.

That refers to the roundabout way I discovered my attachment to Wales, my discovery of Wales, and how Wales has even impacted my religious life and spiritual journey. It also references the abundance of roundabouts found in the nation of Wales. Really, more than necessary, and way more confusing than any I’ve encountered in the US, and we’re definitely trying to compete with that complexity.

I will be continuing with regularly scheduled posts throughout November. Im back on track with my weekly reflections under the tag, the new 52. I’m not sure that it will continue through 2018, but other than losing my way now and then, I do kind of like having a weekly reflection about everyday life that also stands out as different and/or special.

Welcome readers to the Nano experience and welcome new Nano friends to my writing site.

44/52 – November


​November is that month.

We’re hopped up on Halloween candy, if we haven’t already, we’re about to turn on the heat, raising our utility bill that’s given us a break since we turned off the air conditioner, and we look at the calendar and see how many days off the kids have from school because of holidays, staff development days, and parent-teacher conferences and then realize that it’s fifty-five days until Christmas and there’s only a couple of paychecks left in the year to get it all done.

And Facebook post after Instagram post after writing prompt, we’re expected to be grateful and show gratitude.

Keep a gratitude journal for thirty days.

What are you grateful for? Thankful for?

Go around the Thanksgiving table and express what you’re thankful for. And then everyone looks at you.

Sunday’s prompt for The Daily Post was gratitude.

Most of us feel grateful, even when it’s not the holiday season. For some of us, expressing that in a meaningful, non-eye-rolly way is not easy. It puts us on the spot; the focus is entirely on us, and if we forget something that someone did, we offend people.

Our gratitude is not only for us, but for our kids, and knowing that we’re raising good-most-of-the-time, decent, compassionate people who won’t think twice about helping others and getting nothing in return.

Our gratitude is to let others know that we appreciate them, and through that, they feel gratitude and appreciated.

So, this year, I have a different gratitude journal in mind.

Two blurbs a week from now until December 1st. Why December 1st? Because gratefulness doesn’t end with Thanksgiving dinner.

One blurb, choose something simple. Getting to work on time all week. Sticking to your diet (if that’s your thing.) Getting to worship.

And one blurb, choose a bigger one. My husband does all of the laundry. This is a huge thing that doesn’t get acknowledged, and it should, right? Using my coping skills for my depression recovery. We all have our own things that we find important, so this second blurb will give us something to think about.

I’ll start.

November 2nd:

1. I actually started Nanowrimo yesterday.

2. I’m grateful for the amount of time my husband “lets” me write without the guilt of needing to do something else. I say let, but it’s not permission; it’s opportunity, and if often goes unthanked.