I have to admit that I’m not feeling NaNo this year. I’ve got an awesome story that I really want to write, I’ve got awesome minions to help me with my ML duties, and I’ve got a great bunch of excited Wrimos to cheer me up whenever I see them. But I’m exhausted. I’ve been doing non-stop NaNo-duties since the end of August (when my first presentation was given) and I’ve barely had time to see my husband since October started (this is partly due to the fact that work has him traveling a lot right now, but also due to NaNo). I’ve already got a new ML lined up for next year and I want to just hand over the reins today and be done with it.
But then who would take care of the calendar? And the ML emails? And handing out stickers at events? (which, by the way I’ve already run out of – I gave away 50 stickers and blue books in five days! When I started MLing two years ago we had four people total at the write-ins!) Who would answer the questions? (my minions are actually really awesome at getting to the questions right away) Who would be the smiley, bubbly, not gonna take your shit this year, fearless leader? Who really, deep down inside kinda freaking loves being ML and is going to miss the hell out of it next year?
Who almost fell asleep at a red light on the way to the write-in yesterday and needed a night off?
So you know what? I typed up the handwritten stuff from Days Two and Three, poured myself a glass of wine, and watched the last five episodes of Community, which I have missed for over a month because I’ve been so busy with NaNo. Some of the episodes sucked (really? Space capsule from KFC?) but some of them were well worth it (Abed Jesus? Hilarious). And although my notebook and pen were on the table beside me I didn’t even look at them once. I posted my 153 words for the day to the website and I smiled at the new stats area that said “1 unsuccessful day”. Because honestly? I’d consider this a pretty successful day. I had lunch with my husband at my favorite restaurant, I met with my boss to start in a new area of the lab (now I get to play with radioactivity AND fire!), and I caught up on a show that is not my favorite but made me laugh.
Now I’m going to go to bed and wake up on Day Five ready to write again. I gave myself a little cushion the first few days and I can take a day off. I needed to take a day off. It’s been a lovely day off.
The point is: don’t let NaNo overwhelm you – writing an entire book is overwhelming enough as it is.
Want to see how other Wrimos are doing on Day Four? Check out the NaNo Bloggers link on the sidebar!