Its November everyone! Do you know what day it is and why its so significant? NaNoWriMo begins on November 1st and lasts throughout the whole entire month.
Anyone here doesn’t know hat NaNoWriMo is? Its short for National Novel Writing Month, which means that you need to write 50,000 word novel in this very month of November. Thats a total of 1,667 words per day. Its my second year doing this. I like the challenge and I’ve always wanted to write a novel. I don’t plan on being published on anything but lets just say that its a personal accomplishment.
Last year I had to resort to writing a daily prompt about 300 Spartans (link right there) poking me in the back and still I only reached around 23,000 words. Not even halfway. I have no one to blame but myself. This year I’m ready to take it on. I actually have less of a plot than before but now I’m a bit more experienced and I’ve learned that if I sit myself down and focus to finish up those remaining words for 1-2 hours, I’ll be on track. Last night, I waited till midnight and initiated by starting to write for half an hour before I fell alseep. Starting is the hard part, but once you do, it just keeps you going.
So point is, I’m not advertising for NaNoWriMo but if you are doing it or would like to try it out, just head on over to their site and sign up. Its just day 1 after all. Last year when NaNoWriMo ended, I felt that it had given me a sense of happiness. It gave me a certain focus that helped me move forward. I love the feeling that it just made me want to do it all the time and with every spare minute, whether I was on the bus or on lunch break, my brain would just keep thinking about the novel, jotting down notes, writing in my notebook on hand. Pen and paper never left my hand. Its the commitment that draws me to this. The fact that I can really commit to something and feel a passion for what I’m doing. If you are interested, you can always stop by that post and take a look at how I felt about last year right here!
What I can’t believe is that November 1 is here already! Why I am writing this post is to ask all of my readers to not panic when I’m not putting up as much. I’m still going to stay on track with my photo challenges and hopefully writing challenges (those a bit slow), the random writing prompt. For the second half of the month, I promise you I’ll bake more.
So why the second half of the month? Thats the second GO! for me. With NaNoWriMo, at the same time, I’ll be on vacation soon. I mean in a few days soon hence the packing mentioned above. I will be going to Hong Kong for 2 weeks. I do have a few travel/photography posts planned so it should be a fun month. Maybe I’ll just dedicate it to Hong Kong.
So point of this rambling:
1) To tell you that I may post less frequently as I don’t have free internet there. I’ll have to get up at some crazy hour to sit at Starbucks to write while I’m in Hong Kong.
2) NaNoWriMo will also affect my writing schedule as it will take most of my brainpower so expect less writing and more photography.
3) I’m asking for your help. I’d love to hear what you want me to do in Hong Kong. Anything in particular you’d like me to visit or post about? Anything you’ve heard about or seen or want to know more about. I would gladly fulfill the suggestions: Food, Restaurants, Scenery, Landscape, Culture, Museums, Theme Parks, etc. Something you’ve heard of that you’d like me to check out. You can put a comment or if you’d like, send me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org. You can even tweet me if thats what you’re into. My twitter account is on the side of the page so you can follow me there.
A BIG THANK YOU!!!
Above all, I’d like to take this moment to thank everyone of you. I’m doing this update for all of you because you have made October into the best blogging month and motivated me quite a bit. My blog was always just so hard to keep going because I didn’t have a lot of connections or friends that were into this so it was going slow but sometime in October, you all came around and helped me out. In October, my views quadrupled from the previous month. I’m even a few away from 100 followers. You are all amazing me! In thanks for all this, I try very hard to keep up with everyone’s blogs because you all have something wonderful to offer whether its photography, travels, baking, movie reviews. All just awesome stuff. I’m taking this opportunity now to thank you all again. I promise you that I will work hard to bring you some more fun stuff!
JUST ONE MORE THING:Same deal as for Hong Kong.
If there is something you like or you don’t see as often and you enjoyed, tell me about it. I’d love to hear some feedback from all of you. Do you want more photography? More baking? Although those are in abundance. Maybe more writing? Book reviews? Piano covers? Movie reviews (not just theatre visits)? Just on a side note, I am making some plans to expand certain segments. Even if you just want to send a friendly encouraging email, I’d love to see it. Blogosphere is a wonderful place to connect with people and I’ve had some nice conversations through commenting on blogs. I’d definitely love to hear your suggestions! So email, tweet, comment..whatever pleases you.