For the last week, I’ve seen many people chirping about NaNoWriMo and NaBloPoMo. Not knowing what the heck they were talking about, I turned to trusty Google search and discovered that these crazy acronyms stand for National Novel Writing Month and National Blog Posting Month, respectively.
More importantly, they’re a challenge. Should you choose to participate in NaNoWriMo, you have from today until Nov. 30 to complete a 50,000 word novel. There’s no prize money involved – only the pleasure of knowing that you attempted and completed such a huge feat. According to the official site, out of the 101,510 participants in 2007, only 15,333 completed the challenge.
If there’s one thing I’ve never been able to do, it’s complete a novel. I pride myself on being able to start a project and finish it. Novels are a whole different ballgame. I’m hoping to hit the 50,000 word mark, but I’d even be happy with getting past 10 pages. I’m making this up as I go, as you’re supposed to do, with a title and some sort of recurring theme (it’s semi-autobiographical) in place. The rest is a mystery. We’ll see how it goes.
NaBloPoMo, on the other hand, is a 30-day challenge in blog posting. Unlike it’s more long-winded cousin, there are prizes and so on involved, but I think the real reward is taking the time to sit down every day and finding something to say about what’s going on in the world. It will definitely be a good kick in the ass for those of us who want to blog more.
Best of luck to all who are participating in either or both of the challenges. Let’s get writing!
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Today is the last day for the Flight 93 Memorial Fund click-through extravaganza over at Burgh Baby. (I mentioned the month-long initiative in my recent 9/11 post). I’m really trying to drive the point home because this is in the name of helping to preserve the memory of those who lost their lives on 9/11/2001.
The advertising revenue is based on page views, so please visit the site and read the posts. If you have young children, I’m sure you can certainly relate. Here’s a post about co-sleeping with spouses, kids and furry animals to get you started. No joke, I literally rolled around laughing my head off as I read it last night. (Sorry, lady)!
Help me, help M at Burgh Baby. Help us remember those who gave and lost their lives seven years ago.
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