NaNoFail...

I cannot believe that it's already mid-November and this is my first entry.  I'm so busy with everything else that blogging seems to have fallen by the wayside, again, but this time blogging's not the only thing.  You may have noticed that the progress meter on my sidebar marks a measly 1,200 words, and though it likely goes without saying, NaNoWriMo is not happening this year.  I found rather quickly that I don't even have enough time for work and school, let alone an additional (quite voluntary) project.  So, I've given it up for another year and when next year rolls around, I'll definitely think twice, especially since this time next year brings my comps and thesis. I probably won't be able to resist giving it a try, so someone remind me that I said that I'd at least think twice, rather than taking for granted that I'll just jump in with both feet.

On that note, and with some suggestions from Matt and Phoena, I've decided that I'm going to write a short story collection.  I won't be able to do it this month, which is half over, but will probably start after finals in December.  The theme will be Dark Hearts, so I'm giving it some thought by way of preparation. I've never actually written a short story collection, so I'm hesitant to just jump in, but I think it's something I could do and it's a new challenge.  I don't know exactly how many short stories make a collection, but I figure I'll do some research and wing it.  I'm using the Dark Hearts theme that was going to be a novel, rather than abandoning it all together.  I'll keep you posted.

Okay, so I suppose with that said, I should be off.  I have much paper writing to do and this is not getting it done.  This is procrastination!  I have two papers due in two weeks, and three short response papers to write, in addition to my regular school work.  So, I have a lot to do and very little time to do it all.  I'm going to grab something to eat and get cracking on the papers.  Maybe I can get one or two of them done today -- yes, that is definitely wishful thinking!!  Hope you're having a good weekend. I can't believe it's already Sunday!  I'm having a really hard time getting use to the time change, it always feels later than it is... god, I'm old!

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  1. Good! I'm glad you're going to try the short story collection! I think the short story collection depends more on the length of the stories (if they are all short, you want more stories, if they are medium to long, you want fewer) than anything else.

    I'd shoot for 12 stories - it's a nice round number. You can always adjust from there.

    Good luck with everything!

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  2. I can't believe we are halfway through November already either! Most of the businesses in our town have already put up Christmas lights...I'm not ready!
    The short story collection sounds like a great idea!

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  3. Me too, Phoena, thanks for the suggestion!! I think you're right about it depending upon how long the stories are. I looked into it a little bit and got answers everywhere from 10 to 40 depending on length. I don't think there's a standard, lol.

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  4. I know, everything is all christmas-y around here, too. I made a christmas-ish header for my blog, but am going to wait until after thanksgiving to put it up. I'm all about the holidays in their proper order!

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  5. I too think a short story collection would be wonderful. You can totally do all of this Kris. Keep up the great work!

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  6. I had a feeling about Nanowrimo for you this year, but only because last year I was doing the school/work thing as well, and I know that squeezing in that extra writing was nearly impossible. But at least you are recycling your novel concept. The one really great thing about working on a short story collection is it is something that can be conquered in much more manageable pieces, unlike an entire novel, which can be more intimidating.

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  7. Thanks, Mayren! I think I'm going to start working on it over Christmas... assuming I have the energy to do anything not 100% compulsory. I might do the dishes and laundry, if the spirit moves me. lol

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  8. I know it was too much to hope for, but its a part of my yearly ritual. What I realized this year is the yearly ritual is turning into a ritual of failure. I need to put it aside until after graduate school, when I'll have more time to pursue the things I derive enjoyment from, like NaNoWriMo.

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