As many are aware (and many more apparently are not), November is NaNoWriMo, which is short for National Novel Writing Month. I've done this a few times before, and once I actually got a book written.* I hadn't done it the past two years, but I think I'm going to jump back into it again. I've got a book idea in my head and have started a little bit (I didn't write yesterday as my trade-off). This seems as good an excuse as any to buckle down and get this finished.
*I actually had no idea it was listed on Amazon until now. Obviously it didn't sell well, and there's good reason for that.
The bad news for this blog means November is probably going to be a sparse month. I've been really rolling on this daily post thing (albeit shorter posts), and I have every intention and every confidence it will get back to that in December. But, if I'm going to write a 50,000 word novel in a month, something has to give, and this blog will probably be it. Kind of the same reason why a lot of people don't read more than one book at a time.
I felt the rug was pulled out from under me and was profoundly sad. Moreso than I thought I should be. I haven't been that longtime of a reader, though I had combed the archives and had read every comic. I got "caught up" around a year ago. It was a great archive binge. And now, just as quickly as I immersed myself, it was gone.*
*Okay, not exactly gone. David Morgan-Mar is rerunning the entire 3,198 strip series again. And he's writing new annotations for the comics he didn't hit before (which was the best part of the comic, honestly) and a new, lengthy annotation (think blog post) every Sunday. And Darths & Droids isn't going anywhere yet. DMM will still be entertaining me, and for that, I am very thankful.
His penultimate comic (actually a guest comic) was . . . we'll say inspiring. Uplifting, maybe. I'm struggling to find the right word. Read it and see what you come up with. It spoke to me a bit. I like to think I'm a fairly creative person, I certainly feel like I have a lot of good ideas for stories, games, et cetera. But I rarely act on them. Then I read this:
"Some people tend to look at creative work, particularly things like modern art, or the little projects that people post on the net, and say dismissively, 'Bah, anyone could do that. I could do that.' But the thing is, they didn't do that. Sure, maybe they had a similar idea some time, but they never got off their backside and actually did it, whereas the person who actually went out and created it. . . did. It's easy to criticise* stuff that other people create. It's hard to create stuff."
*He's Australian, he can't help his spelling. Italics are also DMM's.I was already on a kick where I was tired of having ideas and wanted to have some new pieces to my name. This blog is good, I love writing it. But is it really creative? Debatable at best. It's just my opinions and ramblings, not any sort of story and only minor structure. No, I want to write this book I've had in my head for a little while now. I'd started writing more on it already. NaNoWriMo had me excited, and this quote further spurred me on.Upward and Onward to Victory!