Alli Snow (allisnow) wrote,
Alli Snow

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Life after NaNo

This is the first time in four years I haven't participated in NaNoWriMo. I feel kind of sad when I think about it. I never really got into the social aspect of it - surprise, surprise - even though back in the East Bay there was a large, fairly organized community. Now I'm in the North Bay and the community is pretty much non-existent - they don't even have a ML. Still, I'm a member of the Facebook NaNo page and I'm kind of bummed not to be able to participate in the flailing. However...

(1) I didn't really have an idea. I mean, not a fresh idea that I haven't already started in one form or another. And I have to have something on November 1st... I can't completely pants it.

(2) I'm still working on finishing last year's NaNo, my first NaNo fanfic (the sequel to White Blank Page). I've been plugging away at it, on and off, for more than a year now. It's almost 100K words and I'm heartily tired of it. I'm looking forward to finishing the epilogue and shipping it off to madjm, Beta Extraordinare. In fact I should be doing that right now.

(3) Honestly? I just don't have the energy for it right now. I still kind of feel like I'm settling into my new place. I'm thinking of buying a new car. My job at work is the same, but I'm working more closely with various people who kind of, um, tax my patience. Plus I signed up for a gym. And it's harder than you might think to write on an elliptical.

Yeah, okay, so these are all just excuses. Based on what I've been able to do the last few years, I could probably crank out 50K words by the end of the month anyway. But the sad fact is that while I've 'won' NaNo, I've yet to actually finish a story started during NaNo. Technically that will change when I complete last year's, but that's just fanfic, and really the only reason I've stuck with that is peer pressure. Also I'm addicted to getting those AO3 kudos/comment emails. They're like crack. Teehee...
Tags: life, nanowrimo, writing

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