Hiatus (or at least period of reduced activity)

So clearly my last 30-day blogging challenge didn’t work out very well. And – joyful news – updates this month are going to be pretty skint because I have – wait for it – decided to enter NaNoWriMo, and I’m pretty determined to DO THIS THING. (I don’t know why I feel compelled to capitalise that every time I write it, but that’s just how it is.)

NaNoWriMo is one of those things I’ve always thought about doing but never have, because I’ve been realistic about my ability to write 1667 words a day for 30 days. Now for some reason, when I’m busier than ever, I’ve decided to undertake this challenge, because apparently I’m going through a quarter-life crisis. (Seriously – I’ve actually considered getting a tattoo.) I’ve decided to start making big decisions and get out of the tiny little box I’ve grown into over the last few years. This is crunch time and I plan to go at it hammer and tongs.

The reason? A few weeks back, I came across the following TED talk:

I cannot begin to describe the effect this had on me. It’s been a really long time since I encountered someone (not literally speaking) from whom I could respectfully – admiringly, even – take such a thorough haranguing. You might say it galvanized me into action.

And the action starts here, with trying to damndest to write a novel. Wish me luck. From here on out for the next 30 days, I’m going to give writing a 50,000-word novel my best damn shot. Yeah…


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