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It’s the 31st of November, officially All Hallows Eve, and I’m sat watching the clock eat up the hours between the moment of now and the moment I’m waiting for.

No, I’m not waiting for the night where others are donning costume and mask and prowling the streets and bars and pubs for delicious treats or prey (depending on their desires). No, I am waiting on the moment of midnight and the moment when the minute hand strikes 00:01.

Then it is November. Then it is NaNoWriMo and the moment I’ve been waiting for has arrived.

And yes, whilst I have donned my costume and ventured forth into the night (driving a car in an under-dress is an experience) and along the way stepped out of this world and into the world of Ithron for the Night of the Dead, Halloween doesn’t really move me. But tonight I will be gathering my thoughts and materials together, doing the final bit of prep and laying down the law with my characters (“You will not rise up against the Author and hijack the story” etc) whilst watching the clock tick away the hours, minutes and seconds.

Eee, I’m so excited.

The unfortunate thing which spells the doom of my brave foray into the realms of writing, dastardly villains and epic heroes is the brand new shiny “boy’s toy” that has nested in our living room beneath the television. Sleek, black and unassuming, Lord A384’s new Xbox 360 has already proven to be a time eater and I fear many hours may be lost to the beast (not to mention that I have a game on it that is currently only mine and was purchased for me … Fable 2). Curse you Xbox!

Also the Internet has proven to be a drain on time, that which had sustained me during my studies has become another monster, now I have a day job and do actual work (or so she says).

So, I have a cunning plan …

My NaNoWriMo attempt will be conducted thusly – I have a book in which I will conduct my writing Long Hand Style (to avoid taking my laptop everywhere) and which I can take to all the things I usually do without too much hassle, to then type up later in the evening / during my lunch break at work. I think I’ve got a good chance of avoiding the monsters that eat time, as well as practising my transcription skills (which I got pretty good at during my dissertation last year).

So, here on the edge of NaNoWriMo, that crazy, heart pounding, bubble bursting, idea popping, chance for characters to rise up and take over (they will you know …), I salute you – you who are about to brave the waters of this sea of ideas and you who are standing on the shoreline shouting your support. I’ll see you on the other side!


– During NaNoWriMo, Wolfish Written will be updating as and when Space-wolf is able to pull herself out of her novel and communicate with the outside world. Word counts will be updated on the NaNoWriMo 2011 page as well as in the widget in the sidebar powered by the Office of Letters and Light.