Bad Ideas 101: NaNoWriMo 2011

I’m like, the queen of ambitious ideas. I know that there are lots of people who do the same thing, and thus that makes me entirely unremarkable, but sometimes I just have to take a step back and marvel at the sheet size of the disconnect between my goals and my actual accomplishments. For example, I have yet to submit a single story to a publication, haven’t revised my screen play, and not only did I just not finish BotG, but I actually scrapped what I had of it so I’m even further behind than I was at the outset of this blog.

But one thing I do have going for me is a rather startling ability to get things done when I have other things I’m suppose to be doing. Also not that unusual, I know, but I take it to another level. When I was a Junior in high school, taking AP chemistry and American Studies on top of two and a half hours of crew daily, I signed up for NaNoWriMo. And I won. And I did it again, two years later, with a full college load. I operate well under pressure.

So, now that I’m working 50 hours a week, I’ve decided to do it again. Maybe it is the push that I need to actually finish the first draft of BotG, which I have been half-heartedly outlining for the past month-ish. Wish me luck; 50,000 words, here I come.

Half-assedly yours,
M.M. Jordahl

“No pressure, no diamonds.” -Thomas Carlyle

P.S. For anyone who doesn’t know, or thinks they might be interested in committing scheduling suicide with me, NaNoWriMo is the short term for National Novel Writing Month. Basically, you write a 50,000 word novel during the month of November, which means about 1667 words a day. Take a look at the official website to find out more.

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