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I swear it was just August around here a minute ago... *sigh*

So life continues on a rocketing pace this year, and yet I don't feel I have a heck of a lot to show for it. Sure, work is busy; when is it not? And the garden yielded some pretty decent harvests, particularly in the beans, onions, greens, and sunflower seeds department (the latter particularly surprising). I had a successful photo show. There was bee-chasing and climbing and lots of walks and writing and...yeah, okay, so my life has plenty of things to keep me busy. But still, it seems like a lot more to juggle this year than it has in years past.

Perhaps I'm just tired. I certainly know I need to get more sleep.

Which makes the perennial question of "To NaNo or not to NaNo?" rather more difficult to answer with an enthusiastic "Yes!" than I would prefer. It's a valuable exercise, no question: makes you put your writing right up in the priority list, no excuses, no whining. I did it, and won it (as they define 'winning') five years running.

Last year, I took NaNo off. I wrote quite a bit in November, but I didn't officially sign up, and it was really, really nice not to have to worry about official word counts or anything like that.

But there's also no getting around the fact that I didn't write as much LAST November as I had done in previous years. I didn't make creative writing a priority in the same way. And I really, really need to make it more of a priority.

I don't know. I'm conflicted. I want that completely-arbitrary deadline effort, and yet I'd rather focus on quality over quantity, and not have the pressure of meaningless (but historically effective) expectation hanging over my head.

Meh. When in doubt, go for it. And I probably will.

But I'm not signing up officially juuuuuust yet.

Date: 2013-10-23 08:17 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] tylik.livejournal.com
I almost wish it wouldn't be totally and utterly insane for me to try it this year.

...I might try some vague gesture in that direction, like doing *something* related to writing every day.

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Date: 2013-10-24 04:32 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] jaunthie.livejournal.com
It would be utterly insane for you to try it this year, I agree. Which is too bad, because I'm utterly intrigued by your thinking around your take on a non-monarchical, Eastern-influenced urban fae, particularly since I have some Pu Songling-inspired stuff in one of my novels. And I also have a much less feudal urban fantasy world going, and it would be fun to trade notes.

Here's an idea: want to trade world-building notes once a week during November somehow? That way you'll keep your hand/mind in, with no pressure, and you can bail if you need to.

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Date: 2013-10-24 05:09 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] tylik.livejournal.com
Oh, now that's a thought.

Ideas for a format? (Email, skype - though scheduling is always fun - etc?)

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Date: 2013-10-24 09:19 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] jaunthie.livejournal.com
Email, journal posts, chats all work. Chats are hard to schedule, though, and email and journal posts are do-whenever, comment-whenever. Something to be said for that.
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