I blinked, and suddenly we’re at the end of October. I’ve no idea how this happened. Wait, I do. I’ve been spending an inordinate amount of time at the school again. It seems even though I’ve been gone for almost two years now, I still know more about what goes on there than anyone else. At first it was gratifying to know I’m still needed, but it’s reaching the point where I’m starting to wish they’d learn to figure stuff for themselves. I suppose I could have left them detailed written instructions and made sure all the curriculum and policy documents were available and easily accessible from a central location in both printed and digital format…oh, wait…I did!
Every time I visit the school I’m just strengthened in my resolve to not go back to my old job. But I’ll do a proper rant about that later.
Because just now I need to focus on NaNoWriMo, which is a mere seven hours away in my time zone. I’m nowhere near done outlining for the new novel, but at least I already have a brief synopsis. Go give it a read, why don’t ya!
Actually, I want to apologise in advance for the posts about NaNoWriMo and writing that are due to come – apparently watching someone write is the most boring thing on Earth (courtesy of a member of my writer’s group on Facebook who’s NOT doing NaNoWriMo). But I enjoy this novelling madness, and I enjoy sharing my experience with you. So deal with it.
Today I want to introduce you to my writing team for this novel, but first, a salute to a fallen hero:
In spite of his name, Scaredy-cat was a brave little soul and helped me immensely during my first NaNo, but sadly he didn’t make it to this year’s. I’m not sure what happened, but I suspect my niece ate him – his disappearance coincided with their visit after Christmas last year and a few weeks later while straightening up my desk I came across his severed tail. Gruesome and tragic, but life goes on (for all except Scaredy-cat, of course).
Which brings up to the line-up for this year…
Plot-bunny is back (plot bunnies are the driving force of NaNo-novels everywhere, after all, except when they derail everything by taking you down some or other rabbit hole), and I’ve called up Asterix with his bottle of magic potion to take up the slot left open by Scaredy-cat’s departure.
But leading the charge for this year’s novel, with his NaNo-themed viking helmet and a sharp axe (I couldn’t find one with a hammer), is NaNoDuck! He squeaks. But his horns are made of children’s modelling clay, so I don’t take him in the tub with me 😉
Yeah, it’s silly, but silly is good from time to time. And whatever gets one writing, right?
If you’re doing NaNoWriMo, good luck. If not, sorry for forcing you to share in it.
On your marks, get set, NaNoWriGO!