No NaNo

This feels weird.

We're almost a week into November and I feel relatively stress-free.*

The Halloween decorations are shelved for another year. I have been off work for almost two weeks. Hell, Lisa at
Essential actually ran out of bad spots to work on.

However, this is nothing new for this time of year. By now I should have everything stored. I almost always take the last week of October and first week of November off. Last year I think I took two and a half weeks. So how come I am not my usual ball of stress?

Because this year I am not doing NaNo.

For all of you new folks,
NaNoWriMo is the National Novel Writing Month. The goal is to write 50,000 words in 30 days. It is equal parts glorious and aggravating. It is a chance to meet up with other people exactly crazy enough to try the challenge. Personally, it is an exercise which forces me to turn off the internal editor and just write.

I have participated in NaNo eight times and completed the 50K in 30 Days six times. I really enjoy it. This year I wrestled with the decision and finally chose not to participate. I have a number of writing projects which I have to work on including getting ready for a public reading next weekend. I am a little concerned that if I did NaNo as well I wouldn't give these projects the time they deserve.

I also can't ignore the fact that the reason I did not complete NaNo last year was the sudden illness which took Dervish from us last year. I am not quite ready to have those reminders.

Another thing which usually happens in November is a flurry of activity over on the "other" blog, the Nth Word. The plan has always been to update that blog every day with my writing performance. That simply hasn't been happening lately.**

I like the idea of having the blog which is devoted purely to writing, but I know that I haven't been as dutiful as I should be. I also wonder about readership.

I will be thinking on this for a while and I would appreciate any input you may have.

All of this aside, I wish the best to everyone who is participating in NaNo this year. Look for me back on the boards in November 2012.

*Well, as stress free as I ever get.

** Yes, those updates are even rarer than here.