NaNo Inspiration: November 10

“I love deadlines. I especially like the whooshing sound they make as they go flying by.” — Douglas Adams

I have always been a huge fan of Douglas Adams. Most folks remember him for his brilliant Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy and The Dirk Gently Holistic Detective Agency, but he was also responsible for the wonderful Doctor Who episode “City of Death” and the most famous episode that never was, “Shada”. (Who fans: Apparently 2|Entertain will be releasing “Shada” on DVD at some point.) But he was also a procrastinator, legendary among his fellows. The scripts and stories were small works of genius, but they were apparently also invariably late.

Yup, it’s proving to be one of those NaNos for me. The deadlines are whooshing by and I’m wondering how to get back on track. The overnight trip to Disneyland did not help because, given a choice between Haunted Mansion and writing, I chose Haunted Mansion. Then there was the attendant “Oh, I’m not 20 any more” last night, which meant nothing got done. This means I’m now behind and have over 3,000 words to make up. And Tuesday is likely going to be a lost writing day because I’ve got tickets to see a show taping, and then there’s Thanksgiving, and then that Monday, the husband and I are going to see a showing of silents done in the early days of Hollywood.

I usually hole up during November; this year, I’m a social butterfly. It’s a good thing, probably; while part of the point of NaNo is making your writing a priority for 30 days, it’s important to find a way to integrate writing into your life on a regular basis. With all the personal mess I’ve been dealing with over the past year, I lost that somewhere along the way. Clearly, the point of this year’s NaNo for me is starting to find it again.