I ran through yesterday with a bit of a fire in my belly — and I still have a few sparks rolling around in there now. I rolled all my windows down driving to work this morning, cranking up a live version of John Mayer’s “Why Georgia” and singing along at the top of my lungs . . . My hair’s a mess now, of course, but I’m feeling good! I guess I’ve been very busy at my day job, which is usually a catalyst for me to get a lot of other things accomplished. When it’s quiet and I find myself with an abundance of time on my hands, I seem to get lazy. When I’m crammed with projects to finish, running from one job to the next, I seem to appreciate my “free time” much more — and I get tons more finished in those precious few hours of space. This is one reason why NaNoWriMo works so well — you don’t have more time to write your book in 30 days. You create the time. The time materializes as you juggle and balanace all of the other forces in your life. And you succeed!
Speaking of succeeding, I purchased my new NaNo shirt last night — just so there’s no risk of me not having it by the time Nov. 1 rolls around. Last year we had a “write in” at the Borders in my hometown — and it was awesome! I organized everything through the regional message boards and was so excited with the reception. We had about 20 people attend, everyone armed with laptops, pens, notepads and, of course, tons of coffee. We took up a fourth of the cafe with our long tables, everyone writing furiously in 45-minute increments, then getting up to stretch, grab more caffeine or talk about some ideas going around in our heads. It was incredible how many of us were working on similar things — and how we all found each other to join in the experience together. I really hope we can stage another write-in this year, possibly at the same location. I’m thinking about Sunday, Nov. 2? If you’re in Southern Maryland and are interested, let me know!
In the meantime, it’s back to work . . . I’ve got a book release for Christopher Paolini’s new book Brisingr to attend tonight (I’m working, not quite so enjoying) and still have several projects to take off the floor this afternoon. No rest for the weary!