Here We Go…

There are only two days left until I take on two challenges that will run me straight through to December. October Poetry Writing Month (OctPoWriMo) and National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo). For those of you who are not in the know, OctPoWriMo is a 31-Day poetry challenge where you write 31 poems in 31 days. NaNoWriMo is a challenge to write 50,000 words in 30 days. You are basically writing a book…in a month. (Yes, it can be done, all you skeptics.)

For me, and many others, October is going to be busy. Not only am I going to be writing a poem a day (okay, so maybe THAT’S not that hard for me considering I wrote three a day last October) but I am also going to be prepping for NaNo. This means brainstorming, outlining, character sketches and biographies (I have fairly detailed characters this time around), and getting my story bible ready to go so all I have to do in November is write. Add on top of that Thanksgiving and all that happened surrounding that a few years ago, and it’s quite a challenge to take up.

So why am I doing it?

Because I love it. I love the process. I love getting ready, even if it makes me irritable and frustrated and a *tad* crazy. And I LOVE my NaNo idea. I just hope I can pull it off with some degree of intelligence written in the words. We’ll see. Time will tell, to use the old adage. Meanwhile, you will get to be witness, judge, and jury to my decline into insanity. In those immortal-and ironic-words, it should be fun. Right?

At least, it will be for you. 😉

It also means that I will go back to posting something every day. I’m sure you’ve all missed me and my blabbering. And speaking of blabbering…I got to meet my Lizzi! If you haven’t been, go to my Facebook page and see the photos I posted. She’s as fantastic as I always knew she was, and I miss her so much already. She has a fun, vibrant energy that filled me. There are some people you meet that, afterwards, leave you feeling drained. Lizzi is not one of them. In fact, I also got to meet Beth and Mandi and Tracy and I made a new friend, Jen. All of these ladies are awesome and amazing, and you could feel the incredible energy sparkling around the table. It was an honor to be included in this group, and I look forward to getting together with them again.

And now, I have got to sign off. I have two days to get my workspace organized and a whiteboard hung on a wall and the never-ending laundry to do, etc. Sigh.

Here we go.

xo Jes

P.S. Congratulations Beth on your Young Adult category win and placing as IPNE Book of the Year runner-up! So happy and excited for you! Also, it’s Monday over at Twisted Writers so go check out my article.