NaNoWriMo 2011 – the countdown begins!

I was horrified to read yesterday on Rachelle Gardener’s blog that NaNoWriMo starts in just 18 days.

Gah! Where did the time go? I was supposed to have The Dictator’s Daughter all spit-shined and shimmery by now, and ready to dive into The Printer’s Son unencumbered by the weight of a story not-quite-told.

Instead I’m stalled out about half-way through the read-aloud and deciding certain characters should be blood brothers to provide another layer of motivation for their evil manipulations.

National Novel Writers Month is November

And, of course, there are a few other differences between this year and last. One would think that having both kids in school all day would open up one’s schedule, but – yeah – not so much. Since this year I have a job. A job marketing the non-fiction book I wrote the year before that, Glitter in the Sun. A job that doesn’t pay hourly and that just got more intense as I learned the official release date has been tentatively set for November 7.

That’s just over three weeks to get my radio and print quotes ready to roll of my tongue. About 21 days to pull together several go-to outfits that say “respectable author with a youthful sensibility.” Less than a month to get my game face on. Or, rather, to get used to wearing my game face every day, since I have a tendency to skip the make-up most of the time.

Maybe I need to figure out what being a “published author” means to me…

I have preconceived notions of authors. They are somehow mysterious and glamorous creatures. Always quick with the right thing to say. They might be frumpy or slightly eccentric, but always in obviously high-end tweeds and very nice leather shoes. And a trench coat. An author should have a trench coat. “Marketing” means walking with their beagles to a farmer’s produce stand.

Instead, published author is shaping up to look a lot like every other mom I know, juggling a myriad of responsibilities and hoping not to drop the really important ones. For example, remembering to stop writing the Work-In-Progress in time to pick the kids up from school. That’s a good one.

And, put on make-up. No one really wants to picture their authors with circles under their eyes…

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  1. There is no “published author.” They come in all shapes, sizes, styles, etc. Instead of putting on the persona of a published author, put the fabulous Jane persona around the term “published author.” Because ultimately, you’re still Jane, and that’s the coolest thing. 🙂

    • Thanks, Amy!
      I think that was the point I was trying to arrive at and ran out of time.
      Besides, I already have a trench coat and it is red!