Quick NaNoWriMo Update

Here we are on the 3rd of November and my word count is zero.

There are things about NaNoWriMo that I love. Mostly the energy around the time as so many people are writing, creating and loving art. But as I said a few days ago, there is a downside, and that downside is November. This November in particular doesn’t mesh well with a writing marathon.

And it is, no doubt, a marathon.

So, November, I will write. I have a ghost story to tell. I just will not be doing it under a deadline.

To all those out there doing NaNoWriMo, best of luck to you. I’m cheering you on.


A Month in the Life, October

And the fall begins. is the tenth month of 2011 already completed? A bit quieter than September, and yet still with its adventures. I went to Vegas and Colorado. There was rugby and dancing and Les Miserables and even a few mornings where I dared to sleep in.

The Path Down

I found a program for my iPhone (I GOT AN IPHONE) that pretends to be a typewriter. That’s about it. Makes little cards that you can send or upload. I suspect I’ll be playing with this a lot. Here is my first one.


October brought the resurgence of April. I started editing my poems from April and even began posting the pages from my notebook of those revisions up as well. When it is all completed there will be a nice collection of poems in all their stages. They are coming along. I found more gems than I expected, which is always a good feeling.

Speaking of poems, I read a few and posted them to SoundCloud. Here, listen:
The Three Living and the Three Dead by tinscho

I definitely see now a difference in the months, such as February and April, where I had a plan for each day, vice the other more free form months. November, which starts today, presents the temptation of NaNoWriMo. In case there is a reader who doesn’t know, NaNoWriMo is National Novel Writing Month. You write a novel in a month (50,000 words). It is all about quantity, and less about quality.

I do have an idea, although no real preparations for it. It is a good old fashioned ghost story inspired by a ghost tour I did of downtown Annapolis. So i think i have a plan.

I’m going to work on this Annapolis ghost story for the month of November. I won’t be posting it online, but I’ll tweet my word count and promise there will be other art things that I will post.

I won’t promise 50,000 words. But I’m aiming for it.

A Month in the Life, September

Ah September. Did you let me breathe? It certainly didn’t feel like it. It started with work deadlines, “Get this done by 30 September, OR ELSE!” Mix in traveling engineers and bad weather, and there were several late nights at the office.

But there was Horrorfind, which, as always, rocked. Good friends, good times. I did a reading on Sunday of two stories: Tuesday Morning and Bedtime Monsters.

Then I went to Disney, which provided days of pictures. This one is one of my favorites.

Epcot at Night

Did I hit once a day in art? probably not. But despite the busy schedule, there were still lots of creative moments.

Almost caught up with life. Almost. Rest well, September, you deserve it.