I joined JoNoWriMo today. My oldest son did NaNoWriMo last year (while taking 17-18 credits at the university and working a part-time job). He signed up with the local university group (though there were non-university people there, too!), and they met for dinner/writing almost every Friday night last November. It looked like so much fun that I’ve been threatening to do it with him this year. Even though he never went through that I-don’t-want-to-be-seen-with-you-in-public phase that most teens go through, hanging out with him on campus might be pushing it a little. So I decided to do JoNoWriMo instead.
I kind of feel like I’m “cheating” with my goals, though, because both of them are things I NEED to have done by the end of November. I should’ve had this proposal for the Monkey Man sequel done long ago (and tomorrow night I have to go to my writer’s group and admit that I STILL don’t have this done!), and I need to have the first draft of The Truth About T.M.S. in by Thanksgiving.
I did work this weekend, though. I finished this pass of revisions on When Grandpa Had a Stroke. And I THINK I’m satisfied with the synopsis of my new middle grade novel that I’m going to have critiqued (along with the first ten pages) at the Iowa SCBWI conference next month. But I’m waiting until tomorrow before I send it off (the deadline is Wednesday). I haven’t had a critique at an SCBWI conference in a long time. But I understand Michael Stearns edits a lot of science fiction…and this is science fiction mystery, so it’ll be interesting to see what he has to say about it…so now it’s back to that propoal!