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A Bad Start to NaNoWriMo 2008

So I decided to do NaNoWriMo this year after all, as I mentioned here. But, as I also mentioned at that linked page, the actual launch of the event this year was, for me, marred by the fact that our house was the target of repeated vandalism just hours before. With the kids upset and with me on high alert for any additional trouble from the local morons, thoughts about writing a novel were on a distant back shelf.

NaNoWriMo 2008 - Oh, Temptation!

I'd really like to take the NaNoWriMo challenge again this year. It was fun when I did it in 2006, and I ended up with a solid start on a novel that I really like -- I like the story and I like the potential that I think it has for sales. Despite my temptation, though, I'm not going to do NaNoWriMo this year, because I still haven't finished that novel I started in 2006. Maybe I should fork over $20 for Finish Your Novel, eh?

I'm Out of Shape?

OK, I know that I sit at my desk too much and am out of shape in the normal sense, but I found out yesterday that I'm also "out of shape" for writing the way I once did -- with a ballpoint pen in a spiral notebook. As I was helping a family member yesterday, taking her to doctor visits following an accident, I knew that I would be spending a fair amount of time in waiting rooms. Instead of bringing reading material, I decided to bring along novel #6 to work on, since it's been pretty neglected in recent months.

Becoming a Squid

I've found another fun site where it's really easy to create dynamic pages that engage readers and present all sorts of fun features. Like another site I mentioned awhile back, but (hopefully!) without the attitude problems. This one is called Squidoo, and if you enjoy writing or just building fun Web pages, I recommend joining. You can also use it to earn money, for yourself or for charity or both.

Screenplay Writing Made Temptingly Easy

My past participation in NaNoWriMo exposes me to a few related things, including Script Frenzy, which is a project to write a 100-page screenplay within one month. I don't have the time to tackle such a project this year, but I did at least take a peek at the information about it, since I've been "sitting on" a couple screenplay projects (one short, one feature length).

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