So, although I have not officially signed up (because I am official enough in my "real" life that I try very hard to be unofficial in all other aspects) I am participating in NaNoWriMo for the first time in...forever. Maybe. I can't remember the last time I did it. November has traditionally been a very hard month for me. In the past, when my daughters competed in Irish Dance, the competition which qualified them for the World Championships was always in November. It included travel and lost of driving to practices, lots of "team mom" responsibilities, etc.
Thus, in the past November was mostly about survival. (If you are a dance mom or a team mom, you know what I am talking about. If you are not, well, count yourself lucky!)
True, I would occasionally work on revisions, or attempt to finish something I'd already started, but I've never been a full-on participant.
But I am now.
But that is not enough. No. I am doing PiBoIdMo, too. (I must come up with one Picture Book Idea each day this Month.)
(That's where the jumping in cold water metaphor comes in--even though I know it is crazy to commit to TWO month long writing projects--I am doing it because if you don't jump into the crazy cold water sometimes, you will find that the pool (or lake or whatever) has frozen over and you have to dig through the ice just to get there. Ice digging is hard work. Far better to just suck it up, hold your breath and cannonball in.)
Now, to be honest, I don't expect that I will finish my novel. But if I can get about 30k over the span of a month, I'll feel pretty good about it.
And as for the picture book ideas, I might just end up with 60!!
Any other fellow NaNo-ers out there? PiBoIdMo-ers?