November has come.
For months, we have been bombarded with campaign ads, mud slinging, dirt digging, and false promises. With the popularity of social media on the rise, the political race has gone viral, explosive blog posts, both real and imagined, pepper facebook walls and flood twitter.
For weeks, we’ve been assaulted with just why we should vote. Not who to vote for, just to vote. They want you to believe that your vote matters. And it does. Just not how they say it will. All those little local things, yeah, each and every vote counts. For the big important stuff? Well, that’s more controversial than I want to get on this blog.
Today it all comes to a close in the good ol’ US of A.
Today is election day. Today we find out if equal rights really is a right or a privilege of the Christian right. We pick a president based on which we think will screw up less over the next four years. Laws are passed or denied, based on the fickle whims of the public masses who mostly have little understanding just what they are voting for anyway.
And it can’t come soon enough for me.
In honor of that, I’m going to sit on my couch, watch for the election coverage and get my NaNo on.
You see, November is also National Novel Writing Month.
Every year, thousands of writers around the world have their own race. It’s not political. It’s not world changing. It’s not meaningful for those outside the race. In fact, most people think these special writers are absolutely batshit crazy.
We are racing towards the same goal. 50,000 words in 30 days. That breaks down to 1667 words a day. Every day.
During past years, an average of approximately 14%, give or take a bit, of people who post as little as one word count update finish the entire 50,000 words. Just 14%. That is pretty damn low, if you ask me.
NaNoWriMo takes a great deal of work. You need to be disciplined You need to be diligent. You need to be willing to commit absolute shit to stark black and white without deleting it. You need to say no to distractions. You need to give up things every single day to meet your daily word goals. You need to set up an IV of caffeine and eat your weight in chocolate. Muffins are a plus.
It is fun. It is crazy. It is a complete roller coaster ride.
Kinda like the elections… only fun. I guess. Maybe not.
Are you NaNoing this year?