I’ve been participating in NaNoWriMo since 2009. In years past, I’ve gone to great lengths to defend the event from cranky naysayers, but this year, I’m not going to bother. NaNo works for some, not for others. Most Wrimos know this is an exercise in drafting, not a final draft, and the few who don’t would submit their unpolished first drafts to agents whether or not they wrote them during NaNo. The End.
For me, this is an awesome season. I spend October (and sometimes September) planning, outlining, brainstorming, and generally getting fired up about my next new draft. Come November 1st (today!), I dive into words-words-words! Then there’s the social aspect – write-ins, group brainstorm sessions, dinners, coffee dates, facebook chats…and there is nothing better than hanging out with fellow writers.
This year, for my seventh NaNoWriMo, I’m working on something completely different for me – an LGBTQ romantic comedy called The Regret List. Synopsis:
Mira’s boyfriend has something important to tell her. She expects a ring; instead, she’s unceremoniously dumped. Scrambling to make sense of her pain, she creates the Regret List: a list of people she believes she may have wronged-in-love. Perhaps in her dedication to her ex, she missed the chance for real happiness.
Enter Alex, with her spiky blond hair, insistent curiosity, and passion for projects. Reluctantly, Mira lets her help with – and contribute to – the Regret List. They work their way through names and tasks, and soon, Mira is faced with a new choice. Continue to root in the past for understanding and closure, or allow her current heartbreak to become the key to future love and happiness?
The blog will likely be a bit quieter this month, because I’ll be wrapped tightly in writer-brain fog. Got a few things pre-drafted, though, so it won’t be completely silent. I probably won’t be blog-hopping as much, either, but rest assured I’ll be back soon. In the meantime, wish me luck! (And if you happen to be a fellow Wrimo, please add me. I’m pookasluagh.)
PS – Jason is also participating this year, for the first time since 2012, and my youngest son, Laurence, is participating again for the third time after taking last year off. Woohoo!
PPS – I actually went to a midnight kickoff party last night! That’s a first for me. My friend Stephanie came over for the Halloween portion of the night (we both went in sugar skull gear) and then we headed over to meet up with fellow wrimos for the kickoff. Pics: