I would like to direct your attention to the pretty little powder-blue box to the right (is that powder blue? I have about as much color vocabulary as a Y chromosome).
It is my word-count widget for NaNoWriMo! I’m so excited, for multiple reasons. First this is my first November participating in NaNoWriMo, and second because I figured out the html stuff I needed to post that box without having to write to the WordPress gurus in tears asking how on earth to do it!
So, what is NaNoWriMo? It’s very simple. November is National Novel Writing Month. Which once I think about it, is deceptive, because this really is an INTERNATIONAL thing. Anyway, it’s kind of a fun event where people decide that they’re going to write a novel. The rules are simple. Between November 1 and November 30, you need to write at least 50,000 words, the average length of a novel. That’s pretty much it. The official website claims that the focus is on quantity, not quality, which basically means that you’re going to be writing a lot of unrefined garbage (a word I prefer to use instead of the colorful “c” word that they use on the site). You aren’t allowed to start before November 1. You may storyline, character sketch, brainstorm, but no writing of actual text! I will be spending today doing some character sketching in preparation for tomorrow.
Keep your eye on the box and it will update you on my wordcount each day. Here’s hoping!