The Sunday Salon ~ I Am Out of My Mind

October 12, 2008 at 5:29 pm | Posted in Books, LIfe | 20 Comments
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The Sunday Salon.comI have completely lost my mind.  Was it not just last week that I could not keep up with my reviews?  So what do I go and do?  I decide to take the plunge and enter the National Novel Writing Month, which runs from November 1st through the 30th.  To win, you have to write at least 50,000 during that month, and you can’t start early.  I truly believe I have lost it.  It’s Denise fault, though.  She wrote an enticing post about the contest.  Couple that with a “bug in the ear” comment that Karen left on my post about authors and mental illness and the wonderful guest posts I’ve read this week by Kim Powers and Michelle Moran, and I was hooked.  I have wanted to write a novel since I was in the second grade.  In fact, I planned on writing the Great American Novel by the time I was 33.  I am a procrastinator, however, and easily sidetracked.  I need a deadline in order to focus.  This, I rationalized, would be just the deadline I was looking for.  I have no idea what sort of novel I’ll write, but that’s not the purpose of National Novel Writing Month.  The goal is to churn out unedited content.  I know that if when I meet this goal I will no longer be able to use the excuse that I’m not disciplined enough to write.

As soon as I registered, the fear set in.  50,000 words in one month?  Am I crazy?  I am going to have to discipline myself to write at least 1,667 words per day.  That’s over twice as long as my average post.  Believe me, I checked that out immediately.  After copying and pasting a post three times into Word, it’s only about 3 full pages of single spaced text with double spacing between paragraphs.  I’ve written much longer than a 90 page document at work in a month’s time or less.  That makes me feel better.  So, in order to keep myself honest and to make it much more difficult to give up, I’m telling all my readers about my intentions.  Every day I am planning on getting up at 5am, which should give me an hour and a half of uninterrupted writing time.  I will post my updated word count every day.  If you don’t see it, please feel free to beat me up about it.

My review mojo has returned somewhat grudgingly.  I’ve written four reviews during the last week and have posted three so far: Sisters of Misery, The Torn Skirt, and The Good Person Guidebook.  My review of Shrink Rap will be posted tomorrow.  What I ended up having to do was to hold my reading time hostage.  After I finished The Other Queen (which I enjoyed – not my favorite Philippa Gregory novel, but I was happy with it), I only allowed myself to read that day after writing a review (or at least most of it).  That has worked to get me back up to speed.  I now only have to write my review of Immortal and The Other Queen to be caught up.  As a result, I have only gotten about 80 pages into The Tenth Case by Joseph Teller.  After that will be Bad Monkeys by Mark Ruff (finally) and Janeology by Karen Harrington (yeah!).

I’ve come to the decision that I accept way too many ARCs.  I have mostly enjoyed the books that have been sent to me for review, but I’m finding myself wanting more and more to read books that I have bought or have been given to me as a gift.  So, I went through the books I had and found 8 that I’ve either had for a while or received without requesting them.  I offered them to the first commenter yesterday.  I still have Webs of Power and Swap left.  If you’d be interested in either of those novels, please let me know.  I hope that each requester loves the book they’ll be receiving.  I can’t wait to read and, in some cases, post their reviews.

We had a great time on our camping trip last weekend.  I wish I had pictures to post, but we haven’t downloaded them to look at yet.  I’m hoping to post them very soon.  The campground was nice and clean and we had a great time.  The temperatures got down well into the 40s the first night, so we had some extreme family bonding while we tried to get some sleep without losing fingers and toes.  We bundled up much better on Saturday night and got much better sleep because it didn’t get as cold.  I’ll definitely be going back there again.

I hope that everyone else had a great week.  My sister, Meridith, should be having my fourth niece this week.  We were hoping Karly would be born on my birthday, but kids just don’t listen these days. 🙂

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