Friday, November 4, 2011

Friday Confessional

It's time for our weekly confessions! Visit Mamarazzi to link up or just read some confessions.


I confess that...

...this NaNoWriMo caper is harder than it looks!

National Novel Writing Month happens every November. 

The goal: to write a 50000 word novel in 30 days.

Don't get me wrong. I didn't think it would be easy! I just didn't think it would be this hard.

The good news is that I have outlined my whole novel. And I think that I've got a good story to tell.

The bad news is that so far I've only written 1689 words. I'm falling behind!

I think that I've underestimated the number of hours that it takes to peck away at the keyboard and get the words out.

I know what you're thinking! GET OFF THE BLOG FIONA AND BACK TO YOUR NOVEL!

...I may have accidentally boarded the end of year silly season crazy train roller-coaster!

Last week I shared that I hadn't done any planning for Christmas yet. I still haven't. But I did make a positive decision about how I was going to deal with it.

I like to do one thing at a time. I like to make a list of what needs to be done and work through it one step at a time. I know that this is the way that I work. I know that I always manage to get everything done in the end. So I decided to just let myself do my thing and not worry about what everyone else is doing.

So what if Christmas planning hasn't made it to the top of my list yet? I'll get there.

But it's hard to keep calm and carry on, when every day someone is adding something to my list! Excuse me everyone, I have enough to do already. Please stop sending notes home from school, emails, or calling me with helpful suggestions of things I need to do. I have ENOUGH!

Want to know what the biggest problem is?

None of the things being added to my list are extraordinary or unreasonable. No-one's being demanding. It's all just completely normal day-to-day running-a-household-and-family stuff. There just seems to be an awful lot of it at the moment. And lots of these things have deadlines that fall before December 25th.

What does that mean?

Christmas is sliding lower and lower down my to-do list. It has almost fallen off the bottom! I'm worried that it will not make it to the top in time.

And so I'm getting tempted to jump right on the crazy train and start stressing. Somebody stop me!

What have you got to confess this week?


Lisa said...

Wow, nanowrimo sounds like a massive challenge, I'm impressed! Give yourself permission to do the best you can. If you don't quite keep up, that's ok... Just like if you don't get around to everything on your list, that's ok too.
I usually start planning for Christmas in the middle of December so you are miles ahead of me just because you are thinking about it already!

Shannon said...

Good luck with NaNoWriMo!

Somehow Christmas has snuck up on me this year... I don't want to think about how close it is, either. I have way too much to do!

The Lovely One said...

I try NaNoWriMo every year. My problem is with the word count. My story is told and my word count is only at like 3800!

sammy said...

I think that it is awesome that you are even attempting the NaNoWriMo - that is massive.

Christmas keeps dropping down my list too. Life is way too busy at moment.