NaNo Day 6: Julia and the Anti-Boredom Device





I was up until around two last night finishing the billion things I had to do yesterday, which primarily involved spending several hours on announcement stuff, finishing my YA lit paper, and and getting my scheduled 2K in for NaNoWriMo. Then I woke up early today to work on more announcement stuff. So I’m exhausted, but also caught up. Yay?

It’s weird how easy this novel’s been to write so far. I mean, I’m not doing GOOD writing by any means, but I wrote my 2K in about an hour and a half last night, and that’s been a pretty average time for it. It’ll be interesting to see how this turns out.

Yesterday one of my roommates asked why I do extra blogging during NaNoWriMo when I’m already, you know, writing fifty thousand words throughout the month. And I said I like to blog every day because rambling on here’s a nice de-stressor. Which is true.

But it’s also that, to be honest, I was scared going into NaNoWriMo last year. Not because it would be difficult in the way NaNo traditionally is, but because I’d already done it, and won, five years in a row. Already once during college. And I was bored.

Getting bored is my Achilles Heel. If I’m bored, I stop trying.

NaNoWriMo means too much to me to let it become something I sign up for, then drop halfway through the month. So I needed to make it new again, somehow.

So: blogging every day. And I’m doing other extra stuff this month too that YOU WILL LEARN ABOUT SOON. (Well, some of it anyway.)

It’s important to always be excited about what you’re doing, I think. Especially if it’s a technically voluntary activity like NaNo (although, come on, it’s my seventh year competing; I have to do it). If you aren’t excited, why are you doing it?

No writing planned for today, because classes and Ch1Con stuff. But maybe I’ll slip in a little just to challenge myself.

Goal for today: 0.

Overall goal: 8,000.

Current word count: 9,143.

Don’t miss the big announcement post at three on the Ch1Con site, and reminder that the November Ch1Con Chat is tonight at eight PM EST! We’ll be discussing NaNoWriMo. Watch the chat here and tweet us questions to answer live with #Ch1Con!


Bonus Post: How to Eat a Pancake

… With your host, Julia Byers!

Step 1: Put the entire pancake on your fork, and shove as much of it as possible into your mouth.

Step 2: Fail at shoving it all in your mouth the first time, SO TRY DOING IT AGAIN IN HOPES OF GETTING DIFFERENT RESULTS!!! (Chances are, your mouth has randomly and exponentially increased in size during this time in expectation of the pancake, so this is totally a possibility. Totally.)

Step 3: Manage to shove the greater part of the pancake into your mouth. Five points if you do this without choking yourself.

But ten points if you do choke yourself!

Step 4: Enjoy the wonder that is the pancake! Truly, a gift from the Lord above! So buttery and greasy and unhealthy and DELICIOUS!

Step 5: Look like a chipmunk with its entire winter stash crammed in its cheeks while you attempt to chew the pancake. (Don’t worry about getting weird looks from your roommate/family/that stranger across the street–everybody loves chipmunks, so this is perfectly acceptable dining behavior!)

Step 6: Don’t cry because you no longer have a pancake to enjoy. Smile because you once did. And because there’s another one on your plate.

… Come back tomorrow for Julia’s next challenge: How to Pet a Porcupine! (I’m kidding. I live in Michigan. There are no porcupines here.)

In other news, this is what I’m doing right now. Hence my boredom:

(Somebody walked in while I was taking this picture. No shame.)

See you on Wednesday! (Unless I have to do laundry again, in which case I might just find a porcupine to pet after all.)