It’s very uncharacteristic of me to have a slow start when it comes to NaNoWriMo. I’m usually off to the races and ahead of schedule. At least for the past few years.
When I started my first NaNoWriMo, my kids were young and put demands on my time. Now, they’re grown and doing their own thing, I figured I’d have more time to write. However, with my new found freedom my social life has increased exponentially over the past couple of years. I’m not complaining, but it does make carving out NaNoWriMo time more challenging than when the kids were little.
On NaNoWriMo Eve (Halloween night): My wife Loly, and I went to a wine tasting and costume party/contest – we didn’t win. I was dressed as a cowboy, my wife a Native American Indian (she really looks the part).
After sampling 5 wines and chocolates, we then went to a local bar where my wife’s son is the bartender. There we had shots and drinks like, Mexican Dracula, Frankenstein, Boogeyman and Monster Mash. All the while thinking how I was gonna hammer out at least 2,000 words when NaNoWriMo officially began at midnight. We left the bar after a few drinks, stopped at a Dunk’s for some coffees and went home to get ready. I was psyched and feeling good – raring to go!
I fell asleep while reading – before 11 PM. Such a dork!
Day 1: I got up early and wrote for a short while before going to work. After work I managed a couple hundred more words before we had to go to an International Dinner Dance at the school where my wife teaches Spanish. We got home; I made coffee, did my “get in the writing mode” ritual and was able to get in another couple of hundred words before I called it quits for the night.
I’m under par 353 words. I now have to produce 1,679 words a day to stay on the 50k track. Thank goodness I have an outline to follow.
Day 2: More than likely I won’t get any story done today. I have to go to work soon, and after work we’re packing our bags and heading up to the New Hampshire lakes region for a language teacher’s conference. By the time we get to the lodge, it’ll be dinner time. We’ll be out at a restaurant, then there will be mixing and mingling with other conference goers for a while. I’m sure the drinks will be flowing. When we get back to our suite, there won’t be any writing being done tonight.
Day 3 is where I kick some story ass. The weather is supposed to be gloomy, Loly will be in the conference all day long. I’ll be in a beautiful and inviting writing space (picture forthcoming) with my laptop, coffee in my NaNoWriMo Novelist Fuel mug by my side and let the word games begin!