Children's writing


NaNoWriMo 2011 Participant iconIt’s official! Harriet and I are in. We have both accepted the challenge to compose a 50,000-word novel in the thirty days of November. (Harriet will wisely stick with the Norwegian language for this.) But that’s not all, oh no no no. We’re also going to stitch a bookmark or two or three during writing breaks, and we’re going to record it all here. Woot! (The addition of the bookmark-stitching plan diverted my initial plan to post about this event over on the Funk & Weber World blog.)

Now, sometimes I say I’m in, but I don’t really mean it. Like last year. I knew I didn’t have time, but I said I’d give it a shot, and I did so only half-heartedly. I set myself up for failure and succeeded in failing. (Way to go, me!) I didn’t even download a 2010 NaNo badge for the sidebar. The 2011 badge replaced a 2009 badge.

This year, I’m all in. I’ve told Mike I plan to participate. Last night, I made Salmon Nuggets for dinner and froze a second batch for a November meal. I’m going to make and freeze chili. I put lasagna noodles on the shopping list for next Thursday and will make two pans over the weekend. Do you know how many meals we get out of two pans of lasagna? I’m sewing holiday gifts this weekend. All this in preparation for NaNo.

As for what I will write, well, I have no idea, but that’s the way it’s supposed to be. I’ve never been so prepared as I am now, what with one meal in the freezer.

So, who else out there wants to give NaNo a go-go this year? What—are you afraid? Everybody’s doing it. Chicken, bwak-bawk-bawk!

All right, if you don’t want to write, will you stitch a bookmark? Harriet and I will accept any efforts to stitch bookmarks as acts of solidarity and support, and, believe me, we can use all the support we can get.

We will also gratefully accept casseroles and cookies if you care to deliver them to Alaska and Norway.

Who’s in?

2 replies »

  1. Let’s see… NaNoWriMo fun, or Research Methods 1? (Poetic, no? All right, NO.) Oh well, the course is paid for. I won’t even try this year. But I will be cheering you on! I’ve done it 3 years in a row, and I will miss it! Good luck to you both!

  2. Yes I’m planning to do NaNo too! Book marks would be a great idea 😉 I stitched some book marks earlier in the year and didn’t get them to my lns so when the library did their summer reading program I gave them to the people at the sign up and told them to give them to kids who signed up. 🙂
    I won my NaNo last year but no one will ever ever read it! Hopefully this year I’ll let someone read a paragraph 🙂