Monday Musings on Nano, Dust, and Prophets In Their Own Land

So, fine. I didn’t earn all my swell Nanowrimo badges.

I did write a swell beginning for the next novel in my series and hash out an outline for that book as well as the next book. And I earned the Creative Nonfiction badge by placing barely disguised friends and family members into my novel as characters. Although, if I’m being perfectly honest, I earn that badge everytime I write. Sometimes, I even earn a few good-natured threats to sue me if I don’t remove certain things about certain characters in my novels.

Next, I learned a little thing or two about cleaning, due to the fact that I spent Thanksgiving, as well as the weekend, with a throbbing sinus headache. Thing One is that I disturbed the perfect balance of dust and germs in my home, thereby releasing said dust and germs into the air and straight up my nose into my brain. Thing Two is that I always harbored a sneaky suspicion that cleaning was highly overrated, and now I have scientific proof that dusting and such will make you sick.

Finally, one of the Junior Halls shared that a college friend visited my blog. The conversation went something like this:

JUNIOR HALL: So this friend said she checked out your blog. She was like, “Hey! Do you ever read your mom’s blog? ‘Cause she’s really funny!”

ME: Why, thank you! Do you read my blog?

JUNIOR HALL: Um, no.

ME: Not ever? At all?

JUNIOR HALL: Do you want me to say yes? ‘Cause I sense that you want a certain answer here.

I’m putting that in my next novel. And I’m not even bothering to cleverly disguise it.

Earning NaNoWriMo Merit Badges

I know I usually do my horn tooting on Tuesdays, but I’m just so proud of myself for earning these swell badges that I had to share!

First, of course, I earned the Procrastination Badge. According to the little pamphlet thingie that comes with the badges, one can earn this cute vacuum cleaner badge in a variety of ways:

a. skip writing for more than three days in a row

b. spend over 30 cumulative hours on the forums

c. clean your home instead of working on your novel

Guess how I earned it? Keeping in mind that dog hair is swirling around the keyboard as I type. And that I don’t even know how to get in the forums.

But one badge is never enough, is it? So I went for two. And honestly, I’m really thrilled over earning the Word-Count Padding Badge. I mean, this badge requires mad writing skills.

I had my main character study for a World Geography quiz and added about 30 countries and their capitals. Isn’t that brilliant? I think I may have earned bonus points for choosing countries like Central African Republic and Democratic Republic of the Congo. And the best part is that I can always go back and add more!

And last, but certainly not least, I earned the Nano Socializing Badge by dragging a few friends into Nano with me. Friends who have tons more words than I do.

But do they have any badges? Hah.

If It’s October, NaNoWriMo Must Be Right Around the Corner

I’d like to say that I’ve been working hard all week, thus missing my normal posts. I’d like to say that, but I can’t. I’ve sorta, kinda been playing hooky.

Then I found an email in Ye Olde Inbox from the NaNoWriMo folks, reminding me that in just a few short weeks, the writing frenzy will begin. Egads! I don’t have a plot idea! I don’t have any protagonists rattling around in my Closet of Characters! I don’t even have a single, scathingly brilliant sentence simmering!

So, no more hooky for me. I’ve got some thinking and planning to do. And a whole month of Giveaways to start um, giving away. If you haven’t left a comment yet, you still have a day left to win a scary book and a hunk of chocolate. Dash over here and type your thoughts. Then check out NaNoWriMo’s info to get a head start on thinking up your splendiferous novel idea. ‘Cause that’s what I’m going to do. Right after the playoffs.