Notes from NaNoWriMo
Number of words, as of this post: 28,796. (Being slightly behind is totes motivational, so hush.)
Line of dialogue I suggest incorporating into actual conversation: “That must’ve been a hell of a ring pop.”
Random objects highlighted in the action: Salt-and-pepper shakers, mood rings, and packets of fake-sugar.
Repurposed paper the Smithsonian will (inevitably) want to own some day, when I’m a big ole bookwritin’ star: receipts from my workplace, to-do list notepads I won in a college raffle, and crumpled, coffee-stained coloring pages (as found at the bottom of my backpack.)
Totally not-confusing quality of the first draft: its three narrators, who each (sporadically) start addressing a different person as “you.”
Important things I have discovered ’bout said characters: how they take their coffee. (Note: one of the three protagonists DOES NOT DRINK COFFEE. I’m not sure how we’ll do this, she and I. I thought we had stuff in common, but I was clearly mistaken.)
An incomplete list of things I’ve needed to do right now (instead of NaNoWriMo): make 8Tracks mixes, teach my new pet dragon to spell “NaNoWriMo,” and rediscover the entire catalog of Edna St. Vincent Millay. See below.
Fake plot I’ve invented to get through the “you’re writing a novel” small talk: “My novel is about two competing roller derby leagues, respectively headed by Madeleine Kahn and Madeleine Albright. Working title is Battle of the Madeleines. Neville Longbottom makes several brief appearances as a jeerleader.”*
Number of times Amy Poehler is mentioned: One. Shocking, a travesty, etc. Give it time.
Things I recommend to the rest of you while there is (more or less) nothing to see here: Super-Mattachine is continuing to be made of awesome at his new blog home and hey, look, we’re still doing the 30 Days of Shamelessness. Also, I hear Fraggle Rock is on Netflix. If you’re a Netflix person.
If not, there’s always your free dose of Amy Poehler. (Totally counts as a second reference, by the way.)
*Feel free to actually write this novel. Just say something fuzzy about me in the acknowledgments and forward me a portion of the inevitably extensive royalties. Kthxbai.