Friday, October 31, 2008

Hallowe'en, Samhain and NaNoNoNoNo

Today, I have been tripping over a mini version of Vlad the Impaler whilst preparing my delectable fright night basket of trouble for those brave enough to bare their souls on entering the Tenacious Towers Gateway.  I adore Hallowe'en as I love scaring the sh*t out of the little sh*ts who try to scare me! Foiled again, you darn pesky kids!  I get the feeling The Kid loves Hallowe'en too - he looks super cool running around with his swishy, black cape on.  

On a less witchcraft-like and more craft-like note, I have decided to take up the challenge of NaNoWriMo after checking up on the dates for the Digital Shorts scheme. I really didn't want them to clash because if I do get onto DigiBytes/Digital Nation, I need to keep my head crystal clear and full of screenwriter and directorial info for the process, but luckily nothing solid will happen until 1st December or thereabouts.  So that leaves me a month.  A big gaping 30 days in which I have nothing to do except complete the submission for CBeebies, outline and finalise a Docudrama format, have a few of meetings here and there for research purposes, run around after The Kid, oh, and write a load of tosh which will be lovingly referred to as a novel.  And it'll probably end up like a 50,000 word blog post.  

However, I have a slight problem - now I have made the decision to actually take part in NaNoWriMo I can't get onto the website to register.  Ain't that just Sod's Law?  I guess the whole world (?) is logging on and registering but I'll keep trying.  If I succeed I hope to stick up some of their pretty stat counter thingies so you can see how bad my word count is by the day/week!  Ha!

In addition to Hallowe'en, after sundown today, it is also Samhain - marking the end of the Summer, the last Harvest and the beginning of the dark half of the year.  It's a time to take stock, develop and make tacit moves towards new, fresh goals - a good time to start making sketchy plans more solid. Onwards ever onwards and all that, so, I do hope I get to register for NaNoWriMo as it would be an appropriate start to my Celtic New Year.  

Happy Hallowe'en/Samhain!


  1. Yay! Go Lara.
    I'm liking the positive attitude!

    Yes must pop for e-number packed sweeties for the trick or treaters.

  2. Cheers El! I still can't get on to register yet but I will keep on trying! x

  3. An old english Samhain to you too. And good luck with the NaNaNooNoo thing.

  4. Thanks Rach - for both the wishes and luck with Mork's little brother! x

  5. Yay! I am looking forward to reading it. xx

  6. Don't hold your breath, dolly! xxx

  7. Indeed it should, Andy, but according to their blurb InterNaNoWriMo didn't roll off the tongue as much as NaNoWriMo...

    I figured they could just call it InNoWriMo? Or just plain old NoWriMo?

    Hell, I could just write a 50k book of acronyms...


  8. Yay, I'm glad you're doing NaNoWrimo too. I had similar problems with the website last year, but they seemed to iron out after a few days. x

  9. Hi Lara - I'm also taking part in this absolutely ridiculous event. One month is exactly the kind of mad deadline my agent and editor love to provide. I may shock them by proving that I can actually do this.

    Will be keeping an eye on progress!

  10. Hi Stevyn - welcome to the madness! I will be keeping my eye on your blog as well as your story blog - I had considered blogging it as I wrote it too - perhaps I'll post it up when I am brave enough!!!! Stay in touch! x