Yes! I’m signed up! I have my participant badge, and even my t-shirt! I’ve ordered a 1-lb jar of Planter’s Cashews and a ton of printer ink from Amazon, and Swiss Colony sausages and a Snowman Torte, which I plan to slice and freeze the slices individually and use those for word count rewards (10,000 words = 1 slice).
I have a to-do checklist that I keep on Asana from year to year, that’s marvelously helpful. Every October I streamline it to the current needs (for instance, I no longer need to defrag my hard drive since Win10 does that automatically, so I deleted that task). I like the visual of being able to see those tasks I’ve checked off, for that nice glow of accomplishment. Plus, it’s free! Hard to go wrong with that. It’s a long list, every little thing I can think of is on there so November doesn’t start and I find I’ve forgotten to do something, and since I just keep it from year to year, I don’t have to come up with all those details all over again.
NaNo Prep also includes meal planning and freezer meals to make, etc. I’ve been hard at work this week; so far I’ve made up 5 plates of spaghetti, 6 bowls of a BBQ Bean Casserole (the Recipe of the Month in my November newsletter), 5 meatloaf hamburger patties (instead of making a meatloaf and freezing slices, I took the mixture and made it into patties that I can put on the Foreman grill) and 6 bacon cheeseburger patties. You can probably guess I have a standup freezer, LOL. It’s also full of ribeyes and Bubba burgers. I may or may not make biryani this year… I usually do, but it’s a lot of work and I’ve been pushing so hard to try to get When Darkness Falls finished before November that I’m utterly exhausted. Also it takes about every pan in the house, which I then have to clean up after. So, yeah. Pass. Another NaNo tradition for me is Honeybaked Ham.. I’ll be going to get one on the morning of the 31st. And of course, NaNo prep isn’t complete without housecleaning! The Maids sends a team of 4 ladies in a bright yellow mini SUV, and they arrive, attack my house for an hour and then leave and I swear my house just SMILES! They’re coming on the 31st, so I’ll be heading into NaNo with a Happy Home 🙂
All through last year’s NaNo, my SecondLife mom and real life writing buddy, Jennifer Bradshaw, and I held weekly virtual write-ins at the huge, fabulous library I built in SecondLife. We had such fabulous productivity during those 4-hour sessions, that we kept doing them all through the year, and yep, we’ll be having them again this Nano (In fact, I’m writing this at one of our write-ins right now). If you’re on SecondLife, give me a shout-out at Elysa Swansong and come join us! We’ll be holding a kick-off at midnight on the 1st, as well as our regularly scheduled write-ins, Saturdays 1-5 pm PST.
This year I have two projects for NaNo: To finish A Cat for Troy, which is the third and last of my Wishes & Dreams series (coming after Wishes in a Bottle and A Gift of Jacinth). It was my NaNo project way back in 2008 and it’s sitting at 47,000 words currently.
The second project, after I (hopefully) finish Cat’s story, is most likely going to start Michael’s Quest, the third in my 4-book Sons of the Desert series (coming after SwanSong and Castles in the Sand).