Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Let's go crazy

I may be huffing and puffing like this little steampunky NaNoWriMo badge before November 2009 passes into history. Just in case you've never heard of this event it draws tens of thousands of crazy writers who try to write a 50,000-word novel in one month. Kick-off is Sunday.
Some people succeed and get winner badges (Sorry, folks, no big prize money is at stake). I just want to see what wild story emerges when I spew it forth without the usual noodling and editing.
Because I made this decision at the last minute I didn't do a lot of pre-planning like some NaNo vets. They have outlines and goal schedules. I have a story idea with characters I like and a vague goal. I may end up in Tasmania and you'll have to send someone to fetch me back.
So my blog posts may be sketchy or all about word-count marathons. I'll do my best to stick my head out of the hole and blink at ya. Anyone who wants to buddy me on NaNo can find me under username "sleuthwood." If you're curious, it's from Yeats.



Jeeze Louise!
NaNoWriMo is giving me a scare.
Do I even dare?

I will I know if I'm ready?
How did you know that you might be ready?
Do I just show up and shut up and put my seat belt on?

Donna said...

Go for it, Tricia and Teri!

Bish Denham said...

"Where dips the rocky highland of Sleuthwood in the lake,
There lies a leafy island where flapping harons wake
The drowsing water rats.
There we've hid our fairy vats
Full of berries
And of reddest stolen cherries."

The Stolen Child.

An absolute favorite of mine! I actually won first place in a poetry reading contest in high school for reciting that poem.

I see at NaNo!

Tabitha Bird said...

Have fun! Enjoy that madness!!!

Natalie said...

Yay! It's going to be fun. My username is NBB.

Linda Kage said...

Good Luck, Tricia. Spew those beautiful words.

storyqueen said...

Go for it! I'm kind of half doing it...which is typical of me. But I have a story that is half done, and it would be great to just crank that sucker out. So, umm.... yeah.

Robyn Campbell said...

Not doing NANO this year. Too many hospital visits.

But I NEED to know your word count totals. I wanna, I needta goad you on! :)

And I always go into NANO with a blurred outline in my head and a fuzzy notion of some kinda story in there. :) So you've got me beat. You'll pull this off my friend. And even if you don't get the word count, you'll have a story if I know you. :)

Tricia J. O'Brien said...

Welcome, Teri! Well, you show up but I wouldn't shut up, for sure. :) Your blog is so colorful and fun. Do you think you'd write a novel in verse?

Donna: Thanks!

Bish: YES! The Stolen Child is my favorite, too. It haunts me. I read it aloud once with a friend sitting front of a peat fire in her old mansiony-stone house near Sligo, Ireland. Totally magic.

Thanks Tabitha and Linda. I will!

Natalie: Great. I'll buddy you.

Cool, Shelley. You'll have a complete toy at the end.

Robyn: My heart will be with you and your son, you know. May it go well. Thanks for the advice and encouraging words.

Abby Annis said...

Good luck! My username is stabby. :)

MG Higgins said...

Wow, if I'm going to do this I guess I'd better get SOMETHING in my head. And I need to register at the NaNo site! Sigh.

* said...

I'm almost certain I'm going to do NaNoWriMo, too. Almost certain.

Good luck on your November writing adventure!

Tricia J. O'Brien said...

Abby: I buddied you. I'm freaking out a bit, since I haven't done this before, so it will be sooooo great to have you guys in it with me.

Melissa: Please come out and play! I know you have got lots of things in your head. ;)

Terresa: Oh, I bet you could really rock with some of the images still in your head from your fabulous trip. Seriously.

PJ Hoover said...

Good luck, Tricia! Write enough for me, too!
I'm aiming for JaNoWriMo.

Sarah Wylie said...

See, this is why I insist on doing NaNo (even though the odds of "winning" are NOT in my favor). I want to be in on the crazy!! I refuse to be left out and not cool and, like, sane. That's boring!

I'm off to add you! Good luck! :D

Tricia J. O'Brien said...

PJ: Whoa! Enough for two, wow, let's see that would only 100,000 words in a month. ;-0

Sarah: Yay! Good luck, too!

Susan B James said...

Hooray for Nano. I blogged this too at
This will be my third time

Tricia J. O'Brien said...

Hey there, Susan. Good to see you again. I am curious to know how your first two NaNo experiences were. It's all new to me.