Thursday, May 31, 2012

ROW80--finally joining the fray...and my "am I crazy?" moment

Yes, I have been grossly neglectful of my writing since Round 2 of ROW80 started.  I kept missing check in after check in.  Heck, I don't think I even did a goal post for this round.  Meanwhile, my novel languishes away waiting for my attention.  Well, here is my official goal post/check-in, even if it's the last month of this round.  So, what is my "am I crazy?" moment?  Yes, I went and did it.  Signed up for JuNoWriMo.  I know that the folks at NaNoWriMo are doing Camp NaNoWriMo in June and August this year, but I stumbled across JuNoWriMo which was created by authors Becca J. Campbell and A.E. (Anna) Howard.  Becca felt that November wasn't enough and decided that June was the month.  Now this may not be a great idea for me because I actually was just hired as an independent contractor Virtual Assistant (working from home, baby!) so I'm now a working girl again, but I have been feeling so guilty about my novel which I started during NaNoWriMo in November that I just feel like I need to do this.  Yeah, I'm crazy.

The beauty of JuNoWriMo is that you can have already started your novel.  Don't worry, I'm not cheating.  I'm only about a thousand words in anyway.  Now I only found out about this a few days ago so I don't know if I'm going to be ready by Friday.  The end of the month is always a heavy time for me on my blog what with trying to get book reviews written on the last day of the month (yeah, that's how I roll) and all.  But I'm doing this...that's it! I'm thinking that I may actually start the word count accumulation a few days in so I'm going to have to adjust my daily word count from 1667 to about 2000 daily.  This is my jumping off point, but may have to adjust accordingly.  I have to remember to go into this with an open mind and to remember that no one is going to kill me if I don't finish.  They say we are our own harshest critics and nothing could be more true about me.

Okay, so wish me luck on this endeavor.  Hopefully, I'll have something to report on Sunday (or maybe Wednesday).  If you're interested in checking out JuNoWriMo, go HERE and read more about it.

Image/poem from A Writer in Wonderland


  1. Good for you, Michelle. You will have lots of fun just in the knowing that your November work isn't sitting there and gathering dust. And the ROW is the way it is because we know that life sometimes interferes. Just hop back in. =)

  2. Fantastic! I joined NaNoWriMo a couple years back and did well. There's no way I have a stamina to join. I stumbled across a cool site that has had me rethink my whole attitude about novel writing. Michael Nobbs at Sustainably Creative. He suffers from low energy, which is what I've struggled with. I've adopted his One Thing A Day philosophy AND I'm getting work done.

    Best of luck in July. Way to go!

  3. You go girl! Congrats on the new job. Have fun with junowrimo. Hope you make a lot of progress on your story.

  4. Eden--Thanks!

    365--I'm going to Google him. I'll let you know if I have any trouble finding it. I'm glad he's been helpful to you. You deserve it! Also, I saw your comment about the read-a-thon. Would love to have you join me again for one. Also, I have the dedicated blog up and running for the read-a-thons (still have to post about the summer RAT and the sign-ups, etc.), if you want to check it out:

    Robin--Thanks! I'm hoping to do well, or at least accomplish more than I have. =O)

  5. Michelle, here's the link to his site:

    He suffers from low energy, more so than me, and yet he's working through it. I'm learning a new lifestyle. :) And it's cool!

    Love the new blog! I'm clearing my schedule so that I can participate. It will be fun!

  6. Thank you! I'll definitely check it out. Looking forward to having you with us for the read-a-thon!


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