☆ October 29, 2012
We’re 3 days out! And the last seven have been total insanity here. Many, many challenges hitting those close to me, so I’ve not had quite the mental and physical prep period leading up to NaNoWriMo that I was hoping for. But such is life.
I do have my essentials ~
Chlorella (forcing myself to do a shot every morning, and in the evening for second-wind-style energy bursts)
Notepads of different sizes (from 8.5 x 11 to 13 x 16, and pocket-size for walks) and papers (from regular notebook paper to thick sketchbook paper) to suit my different moods as I hand write everything.
Ink for my favorite refillable pens and a few of my favorite guilty pleasure disposable pens (oh my holy, they come in colors I did not know this!); pencils, mechanical and regular, and an excellent sharpener.
A freezer full of stew, butternut soup, tomato sauce, jam, and pumpkin butter for easy eats.
A big stack of split firewood.
And music ~ I can squeeze in a Q&A here too. While I have several linear feet worth of cds, I generally prefer great radio to picking out cds. I’ve been through enough computer crashes that I no longer bother with itunes playlists, and it takes me forever to look through my cds for whatever I’m in the mood for (‘is that what I really want, or should I keep looking?’ I ask myself over and over) and I just get irritated. So when I want music, I usually stream KEXP; they have a great archive section so you can pick sets that match your mood, and I’m always discovering new artists (new to me).
Cheers to you who are doing it! Are you ready? What are your essentials?
I was getting nervous but now I’m back to excited.
I found a hilarious forum thread last night ~ hilarious in that way that makes you want to punch yourself in the face ~ “You Know You’re Writing Literary Fiction When…”
One example from the thread:
When you spend 3 days and 10,000 words writing about a guy sitting in his car in a parking lot.
When you spend an entire month planning everything about the characters, the subtle ways they influence each other and are connected, but forget to have them actually do anything.