Wednesday, November 6, 2013

NaNoWriMo

November is here, which means it's National Novel Writing Month.

This is my ninth consecutive year participating and my fifth year as municipal liaison for the Lawrence region.

Ehem. Now that I have all of that boring information out of the way.

I can always count on NaNo to get me back into writing, no matter how long I've been away from it. Although I haven't taken a break for nearly as long as it's been since my last blog post here. I have continued to contribute - albeit sporadically - to the Confabulator Cafe, which was equal parts writing a random flash fiction and rehashing old stories.

I also participated in a 24-hour writing contest put on by Writer's Weekly and won an honorable mention for it. Which just goes to show...why is it that I am always just like, mediocre?

I tied three different ways for first for the Story in a Bag contest, I tied with 25 other people for 4th, I made it through the first round of Penumbra's process but not the second, I was accepted for a publication that then got bought out so now it looks like I won't even get that publishing credit. I'm not saying I'm giving up, I'm just realizing where my writing stands next to others.

I will never be as good as the best writers. I'm not saying I'm a bad writer. I'm just realizing I am a mediocre writer and that I am going to have to fight for every inch I get. I just have to decide if that's what I want. Some days, it's not. Some days I'm content just to drabble here and there, and get the small recognition I've gotten.

But of course, there's that self-absorbed part of myself that will always wish for part of the big spotlight. Rich and famous from something I've written.

Anyway. I digress. I was planning on talking about NaNo. But I won't. I will be posting every Friday at the Confabulator Cafe to talk about my NaNo experience. Let's just say I wrote this blog because it's been six months and I felt it was time for an update.

The biggest updates I've already mentioned: winning honorable mention for the 24-hour story contest and despairing that my short story won't actually be published next month.

 A couple of other updates as far as the editing side of my projected career:

I am almost finished my editing certificate. I have two more assignments and the final exam, and then come December, as long as I pass, I will have all the classes to earn the certificate. No idea what I will do with it after that, but I'll have it and I know I'm taking a damn break from school for at least a semester. Maybe I'll write. Maybe I'll edit one or two of my novels.

I applied for a writing internship back in September, and got the position. I wrote a total of three articles for them, and then they switched me from writer to editor. When all is said and done, I will have three months worth of editing health articles for online publication under my belt.

Again, I will not talk about NaNo. I'm writing. That's enough.