Journal Entry: October 15, 2009

Yesterday I got started on NaNoWriMo. Specifically, I sent out an email to everyone I know who’s going to be participating with some prewriting instructions to help get them started thinking toward the writing that’s going to be going on.

That’s something I started doing two years ago, when I got Dad and Heather to do NaNoWriMo with me, and they were both deeply grateful for the October assignments sometime around the end of the first week of November. I put a lot of thought into crafting a curriculum to ease them into story creation, but build enough of a foundation to make the writing of a novel possible. It worked — first time either of them had tried to write a novel, and they both finished NaNoWriMo in style.

Unfortunately, that sort of success creates pressure to follow it up, and now I’m part of a 17-person writer’s group, and directly accountable to nine of them, and I somehow let myself wait until October was half done before I sent out my first email. So that’s frustrating.

Anyway, I sent out my first email yesterday, and I have high hopes to get the rest of the curriculum put together into a fancy format before tomorrow, so I can send an overview along with the follow-up assignment.

Yesterday also found us at Mama Roja again (following an unforgivably long absence). D– joined us for an early-ish dinner, but T– had been wanting to go ever since last weekend, and it turns out she’s going to be out of town this weekend, so it was last night or next week. We opted for last night and next week. So there you go.

Anyway, delicious as always. Afterward she took the kids to church, and D– gave me a ride home, and then I spent the rest of the evening watching Christmas Vacation and playing WoW.

Other than that, it’s just things and stuff.