Where was I in November?

Where have I been? Someone asked me where I was and why I hadn’t added any new content to my site for the month of November. Well over the course of this month I’ve been hard at work writing just a few words.

I believe it was on November 3rd when I discovered something called National Novel Writing Month or NaNoWriMo for short. The objective of NaNoWriMo is to compose a novel within the month of November with the criteria of writing at least fifty thousand words before the stroke of midnight on November 30th. Even though I started three days late, I crossed the fifty thousand word finish line on the 29th, a day early all without one drop of coffee.

I didn’t really have a solid story or anything in place when I first heard of it but I undertook the challenge anyway. With no real outline created, and with only a very rough idea, I had to run like hell with whatever I could think of. I’ve created a skeleton and now just need to give it nerves, muscles, some feet to stand on and of course a heart.

The experience itself was pretty difficult as writing something with continuity, out of basically nothing that fast was intimidating. I admit that it may not have been so difficult but I resolved to complete the task all while stepping into a new position at work which required more of my time AND keeping up with an aggressive fitness regiment. Over the course of the month I hardly had any time to decompress but still I soldiered on. It’s amazing what you can do in a month with your free time.

I’m not exactly sure what I’m going to do with the hundred pages but I’m thinking of parsing them out into several short chapters and post them here on this site when those chapters have been properly edited, polished off and at least verified for continuity. I’ll continue to refine the story even more then will decide what to do with the completed composition in the future.

If anyone has an questions or curiosities regarding the whole process or what I’m writing, please feel free to ask but you may find the answers to those questions soon enough. Though I am happy that I finished and “won” this competition, I feel I can rest a little easier now that November is over and can work on other projects.

Thank you for your patience and please have a wonderful rest of your day.

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