I submitted my novel, Vokhtah, to Harper Voyager last night, and now I can sit and contemplate the enormity of what I have done. Not for too long though, because NaNoWriMo starts on November the 1st [more on that later].
So. In the last few weeks I’ve conquered my fear of failure, received my MS back from my editor, edited said MS, learned how to write a query letter and submitted my very first novel. Not bad at all. On the down side however, my house is a shambles, the weeds are going berserk, I’ve almost run out of clean clothes and our meals have been… basic. Oh, and I’ve neglected my blog quite a bit. 😦 Clearly, I’m going to have to fix at least some of those things. For today though, I’m just going to focus on the simple pleasure of not having a deadline hanging over my head any more.
As part of my winding down strategy I’m going to potter around in the garden, trying not to see the spots where Andy, the adolescent alpaca has dropped bits of poop. His mother has been rather slack in teaching him the finer points of alpaca etiquette. Well-mannered, adult alpacas poop in neat, clearly defined piles. Andy poops as he walks. 😦
I will also spend some time playing with the dog instead of constantly yelling at her to be quiet because I’m working. I may even decide to cook something half-way decent for dinner, but only because I’m sick of pizza and fish and chips. Everything else can wait until tomorrow.
And in a very roundabout way, the word ‘tomorrow’ brings me to that other, rather peculiar word in the title – NaNoWriMo. It stands for National Novel Writing Month. Most of us just call it nano. Nano is a yearly event that begins on the 1st of November and ends on the 30th. What actually happens is that participants attempt to write a 50,000 word novel in 30 days. It sounds insane but can be incredibly stimulating. And fun. That’s why I’ve decided to participate again this year. I need a bit of fun. My brain feels tired and I just don’t have the mental energy to jump straight into book 2 of the Vokhtan series.
A change is as good as a holiday… right?
Anyway, I’ve signed up for nano so it’s too late to change my mind now. 😀 I have not the faintest, foggiest, vaguest idea what to write, but I’m hoping sheer panic and desperation will kick start my brain on November 1. That strategy worked back in 2004 so I’m hoping it will work again in 2012. If not, I may be writing some very depressed and depressing posts.
If any brave writer out there wants to keep me company during the month of November, the url for nano is here.
And now I really do have to go out into the garden. I have early roses to sniff, tiny figs to encourage and an irate dog to placate.