There are many crazy people in the world. Some tailgate, some eat Big Macs on a daily basis, some become paranoid homicidal meth maniacs, some have extended conversations with beings who may or may not be there. And then there is the writer who decides that she will write a 50,000 word novel in thirty days. Yes, as you cower behind your keyboard, the scariest of all holiday is about to commence. I'm speaking, of course, of the National Novel Writing Month, Nanowrimo for short. On November 1st, desktops and laptops from the world over will be manned by deranged authors in an attempt to pound out the requisite verbiage in time to "win" Nanowrimo. Words are all that count. No editing. Just whack out the words and move on.
It comes to 1,666.66666... words per day. Evil, eh?
Caffeine-boosted, slack-jawed and squinty-eyed men, women and youth will hammer away at their computers and talk to themselves:
Wow, I'm going to have a novel by the end of the month! I'll sell it and be rich and famous like that woman who wrote Harry Potter!
Great, 2,000 words so far. Let's see, that means I only have to come up with 48,000 more...
How can Greg find out that Lindy is dating Suzie? And that Suzie is gay?
What about the buffalo?
Wait, what is my character's name? I thought it was Jane, no, what did I type, Joan? Jan? How many characters do I have?
No, I didn't mean for that guy to be dwarf. Dang it.
Man I'm sleepy this morning. What did I just write?
What is the population of East Timor?
Great, now the dragon ate my hippogriff and I'll have to find another way to cross that hot lava.
I think I'll play just one more game of solitaire and then I'll write.
What does a rowan leaf look like and would an animal eat one?
Why am I DOING this to myself?
Is there any more coffee?
This year, feeling crazier than usual, I volunteered to be the Municipal Liaison (main requirement, be able to spell "Liaison") for the Fairbanks/Interior area. So if you live here and want to be part of Nanowrimo and meet a few more crazy author wannabes, you are welcome to join us. Go sign up at Nanowrimo and head over to the Alaska forum. We're having a kickoff party at College Coffee house this Saturday at 4:30. When you sign up you can challenge a friend to Nanowrimo. Spread the insanity. Hey, it's winter, what else do you have to do? (You have to get off the snow machine sometime.)