A to Z Challenge 2013

Thursday, November 4, 2010

Feeling Left Out...And No Time To Think About It

If you haven't noticed, I did not put up any announcements about joining in on the NaNo fun that so many of my fellow bloggers are enjoying.  Yeah, a part of me really wished I could do it but unfortunately deadlines with school and lots of essays still to write dictate my schedule these days.  So instead I've snatched tidbits of time to sneak peeks at everyone else's posts about their progress.

Don't get me wrong.  I'm very happy that so many of you have decided to do NaNo.  While it's not for everyone, I found it to be a great tool for getting a story started and blasting through a first draft.  I'm just feeling envious.

On another topic, I will soon be the envy of everyone else (okay, maybe not everyone but possibly a couple of you). Saturday morning, I'll be in an awesome writer's workshop with the one and only Jamie Ford!

Oh yeah, oh yeah!  Even though that day is our anniversary, my loving wife has agreed to grant me two hours of non-anniversary time.  Either she really understands how HUGE a fan I am of Jamie or she's planning on subjecting me to chick flicks and quality time for the rest of the day.  We're a pretty boring couple though.  I asked her the other night what she wanted to do for our anniversary and her response was less than earth-shattering.  She just wanted to go have dinner somewhere nice.

Yep, after 18 years of wedded bliss (not every single moment mind you, but enough of them), we don't really need much from each other besides time together.  And though I might make fun of my wife's choice of chick flicks at any opportunity, I guess I don't mind sitting through a Sleepless in Seattle-esque movie.  After all, she puts up with my crazy writerly dreams.

I just hope when I meet Jamie, I don't stumble over my feet and make myself look like an idiot.   You know how it is.  You see a celebrity on television and think how awesome it'd be to meet the person, but when you're there in the flesh, all common sense seems to evaporate from even the best of us.  Jamie seems to be a very down-to-earth guy though, so perhaps he'll forgive a bit of personal excitement on my part.  I'm taking my copy of Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet too, with the hope that I can beg a signature or something.  I'll try to get a picture too and post it here.

Anybody else going to a workshop, meeting a famous writer, doing something we can be envious of?


Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Dude, you'll do fine! And mighty nice your wife's letting you go on your anniversary.

J.L. Stratton said...

Hey, you're not the only one. I've decided to forego NANO this year as I'm busy working on a project in progress, and a couple more in an embroynic state.

I looked up Jamie Ford and now I will just have to go buy his first book. I found I was raised in the same general area as him about the same time. Wow, small world.

Sandra Ulbrich Almazan said...

Don't worry about NaNoWriMo; there's nothing wrong with valuing your sanity. ;)

Enjoy your anniversary and the workshop!

Eric said...

Alex - It took some serious begging LOL.

J.L. - Sounds cool. You definitely do have to go buy his book. I don't often say this, but I guarantee you will not be disappointed.

Sandra - Thank you. I'm thinking both of them will be lots of fun.

Angie said...

Happy anniversary! And have fun meeting Jamie Ford. Sounds awesome.

Karen Amanda Hooper said...

I'm not doing NaNo this year either. I'll be revising but not all obsessively.

Happy Anniversary and have a blast with Jamie!

Sherrinda said...

Oh, I hope you have a wonderful time at the workshop AND the anniversary date! What a fun day! I'm doing NaNo, but I question my sanity.

Eric said...

Angie - Thank you. I believe it'll be a blast.

Karen - Hey there, nice to hear from you. Good luck with your revisions. And thank you, I appreciate the kind thoughts.

Sherrinda - Thank you. Both parts of the day should be fun. I don't question your sanity, and I applaud your drive. Good luck with NaNo.

Michelle McLean said...

ooo sounds so fun!! And happy anniversary :) And yes, the years I didn't participate in NaNo I felt both left out and envious of the shiny new words people were cranking out. But, Nov is just a month...really, all it comes down to is making sure you sit down and write every day. Or often enough ;-)

p.s. we are writers....there is no such thing as sanity in our world :D

Matthew Rush said...

I could never do NaNo, just not organized enough.

Jamie Ford said...

Nano will always be there.

Looking forward to meeting you in person--and of course I'll sign the book!

K.M. Weiland said...

Boring is beautiful sometimes! Congrats on the anniversary.

I'm joining you on the NaNo sidelines this year. NaNo's never been, and probably never will be, my thing, but I'm cheering everyone else along and, like you, enjoying all the updates.