With everyone either writing for NaNo, or knowing someone who is writing for NaNo, we all know how manic November can be, so I have to wonder why the brains behind NaNoWriMo picked the thirty day month that is probably the worst out of the possible choice from four.
September could have been just as bad, I suppose, with new terms (semesters?) at schools and colleges and whatnot, so I guess I can understand why that particular month was vetoed. But what about June or April? Over here in Britain, June may cause problems for those who are busily preparing for their GCSE or A Levels at school, but I'm not sure how the rest of the world would fare. Judging by the variety of ages from the participation of this year's BuNoWriMo ( The Burrow's June wrimo that
So why November?
OK, maybe you might be thinking what's so wrong with November? Let me ramble a bit [more]...
Quite apart from the pre-Christmas higher stress levels and general rushing around like idiots, this side of the pond we have Bonfire Night, which although is technically celebrated on the 5th, in reality tends to last around seven to ten days. To work around school nights, work nights, not to mention the inevitably (if you are in Wales, that is) rainy nights, firework displays and bonfires are events that end up happening on an almost nightly basis. And even if you don't attend them all, they still end up distracting you.
And for my American friends, there is Thanksgiving. I don't really know a lot about this holiday, and I can't be bothered to look it up because one, I am lazy, and two, I haven't written a single word for my NaNo today and I really need to get to it (erk, I didn't write for my blog either, [it is Monday evening here, and I should be blogging today according to my unofficial schedule]. What I do know, though, is that preparations for this day of celebration are almost as convoluted as preparations for Christmas day itself, so I understand how a one day holiday can turn into a week long time-sucker.
Quite apart from all of these distractions, I (of course) have had the Month From Hell so far this November, which I rambled about on my last blog post, and will no doubt grumble about on my next post too. Depending when I get to it, that is. Possibly December. Maybe.
In the meantime, despite the distractions, I will keep going. But even as I do so, there'll be that little question niggling at the back of my mind.
Along with that other little question... why me? *snort*
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