November is my favorite color. And it's also the combination of family, fun, football, and the Frustration 50. Let me explain.
Family, of course, because of Thanksgiving gatherings; there's nothing I love more than being with my family members and feasting and fullness—usually too-fullness. Fun because it's my favorite season, and while the painted canopies flicker in the sunlight and blanket the ground with fall magnificence, I can rejoice in jeans, boots, and sweaters—what I call finery. November is also for football. Woot! And FF for Fantasy Football, fall's double whammy.
Finally, there's the Frustration 50, because NaNoWriMo. If you know what that is, I feel your shuddering from here. If not, let me fill you in. NaNoWriMo is National Novel Writing Month, and it dares us to write a novel of 50,000 words November 1–30. That's 1,667 words a day for 30 days, yo.Close to half a million people are participating in NaNoWriMo this year, and across America people are gathering in coffee shops and online to discuss words and stories—and their frustrations at trying to meet this demanding word count in so little time. And I'm one of them.
It's haaaaaard! After the first week, I'm reluctant to announce how behind I am in words and how overflowing I am in caffeine. I knew I would be (and as the saying goes, if you think you will, you're right!). Hey, I have the complications of a day job that eats up 10 hours of my day, including travel, and the foils of after-hours fatigue because of said day job, so achieving the daily 1,667 word count precisely defines "challenge" in the dictionary. Feeling my Frustration 50 reference now?
As of today, I should have written 11,669 words. I'm not even close. I'm at about 4,000. But they are 4,000 words I didn't have before, so I'm not a complete failure. If I keep at it, I surely will finish in record time the last two episodes of my dark fantasy Demonesse: Avarus. And I'm determined to finish because it's my favorite time of year, I'm happiest and most motivated in November, and I'm up for a dare.
November is also for foolish, but that's a whole other post.
What about you? Are you braving the challenge of NaNoWriMo?
Kimberly Jayne writes humor, romantic comedy, suspense, erotica, and dark fantasy. Her latest foray into a dark fantasy released in episodes is as much an adventure as the writing itself. You can check her out on Amazon. Find out more about her at ReadKimberly.
Books by Kimberly Jayne:
Take My Husband, Please: An Unconventional Romantic Comedy
Demonesse: Avarus, Episode 1
Demonesse: Avarus, Episode 2
Demonesse: Avarus, Episode 3
All the Innuendo, Half the Fact: Reflections of a Fragrant Liar