Wednesday, 1 November 2006

Day 1

Number 1 son Liam, my brother Jason and I have decided to participate in NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month) this year.

Follow the link if you don't know about this program and want to find out what I am talking about. The summary is this: write a 50,000 word (approx 175 page) novel in the month of November.

Note: Liam, as part of the Young Writer's Program, can set his own target. He has chosen to aim for a 20,000 word effort. Good luck Liam!

You can follow my progress here, Liam's here and Jason's here. Or have a look the "Word War" image at the top right of this page if you want to see how Jason and I are going head-to-head.

And if you are interested, the NaNo organisation is of a charitable bent, putting much of their money where their mouths are: bulding libraries in southeast asia.
In 2006, NaNoWriMo will be using that same can-do spirit to help a group of would-be readers: Namely, a group of elementary-school kids halfway around the world in Vietnam. In partnership with the children's literacy nonprofit Room to Read, NaNoWriMo will donate 50% of its total net proceeds from individual donations and store sales to establish children's libraries in rural villages there.
Go donate something if this is your sort of work...

Oh, and I want one of these:
"This pleasingly large dishwasher-safe mug can hold enough novelist fuel to ensure that you won't have to get up for refills during intense writing sessions. You will, however, have to get up and go to the bathroom. This is a big mug."