Friday, November 1, 2013

It's Nano Time!

That's the 2013 Nanowrimo logo. Doesn't it suck? I'm almost embarrassed to post it here. It's like Nano hired some six-year-old with a Commodore 64. Well I won't be ordering a t-shirt this year, that's for sure.

It's 8:23 a.m. here in Cold Lake, Alberta. If you haven't noticed yet, I'm procrastinating. My office is upstairs, calling my name, and yet here I sit on the living room couch, blogging. Oh well. Just a few words here before I head upstairs to write a lot of words. Honestly I don't know what I'm so worried about. I have an idea. I have an outline. I have time and lots of coffee. It's just that starting a new project is so intimidating ... and the doubts – the doubts are enough to send you round the bend. What if I can't write anymore? What if the words don't come? What if, what if, what if???

I could talk myself into a panic attack if I wanted to. I even dreamed about Nanowrimo last night. Oh well. Nothing to be done now except climb the big wooden hill, park my lily white butt behind the desk and start writing.

Good luck to everyone doing Nano this year! If you want to be my writing buddy, look me up. My top secret buddy code name is Matthiasville.


One more thing before I go – I had to share this photo I took last night. It's Ben-Ben, our opera-singing cat, sitting in the camp chair I had set up next to the front door for Hallowe'en. There were so many kids (175)  there wasn't a lot of point in moving far from the door – thus the chair. Anyway, Ben sat there quite comfortably, watching the kids come and go. I think he enjoyed the evening more than anybody.


  1. I'm doing NaNo this year, too! I tell myself, "I don't really have to write all those words. I only have to write 250 words." Then I say, "That was pretty easy. Now I'll just write 250 more words." Then I'm halfway to 1000, so I might as well go on. That usually works. That, and pots of coffee.

  2. Good luck with the more fooling around now...get to it.

  3. Ah, doubt! At least you have an outline. All I have are a handful of notes that might or might not make onto the page along with the slim idea I actually have. Don't you love NaNo?! :)

  4. You had so many kids! WOW! I take it they were all done by 7 because of the curfew?

  5. Hi Cathy! You probably won't read this as you're too busy writing your novel, while I am blogging. Well, actually I had a good start yesterday (lucky us, we are about 20 hours ahead of you guys!). But this morning I am adding a few more peeps to my NANO WORLD WAR badge - I've added you, so now come to ask permission. Basically you can add up to 5 or 6 blogger buddies to a word count badge and display it on your blog. So you are sitting there with a few more words than I have written for all the world to see. It motivates me to try to catch up. Hope you don't mind.
    And if you mosey on over at some time to check it out, you will notice a post I put up yesterday about colour. I'd like to know why you have chosen your colours on your blog. Love it.

    Now I'm off. I started yesterday without an outline, just an idea. Now I have fleshed out an outline and written a few sucky words.


  6. 175 trick or treaters! Holy jack o' lanterns!

    Now, back to work, you.

  7. You think you can, you think you can (despite those sneaking doubts). We KNOW you can.
    And I love Ben-Ben. Our cats would be in hiding, and would have stopped long enough to growl at the interlopers as they headed off.

  8. Oh my goodness! I am glad it was not just me longing for a different NaNo badge.

  9. You can do it!! No worries - no time to worry - just write.
    And that is a SCARY number of kids that came to your door last night!!

  10. You DID IT! Now, do it again! Have fun, I do love NaNo, though I am bowing out this year--I'm working on a non-fiction book proposal and have a fiction workshop to fill my month. Enjoy the coffee! Peace...

  11. writing is writing: blogging is writing....keep writing.
    the Ol'Buzzard

  12. That's 175 more trick-or-treaters than I had LOL

  13. I'm not going to NaNo this year so I won't need the logo badge.

    We kept our house dark for Halloween so no one came to our door, but looking out the windows now and then it looked like far fewer kids were out this year in our neighborhood. More dark houses as well. I think most kids now go to area events for Halloween activities.

    Tossing It Out

  14. Good luck Cathy!! Love the picture. We only had five kids this year for Halloween. Most kids don't want to expend the energy it takes to walk the distance between houses in our neighborhood. (We have a one acre minimum between properties in our town). As is was, my girls and The Husband pooped out pretty early and called me for a pick up! So, you know who sat around eating all the excess chocolate bars right? Yep. I even have the pimples to prove it. :)

    Best of luck with NaNo! You can do it girl!!


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