Sunday, November 02, 2014

Not NaNoWriMo, Not NaBloPoMo

Ah, November. Chris Baty has ruined you for me. After one NaNoWriMo, then another, and another, and another, I've come to believe that November is THE time for slightly crazy personal challenges.

I'm not alone. Go do a Goggle Image search for "November challenge" or "30 day challenge". You'll find plenty of ideas. Blog posting every day in November has been around for awhile, as has the thankfulness challenge. You can post a photo every day, or increase the number of squats you can do.

This year, for reasons I can't pin down, I felt the urge to do NaNoWriMo. Fortunately, I only took me 123 words to remember why I quit doing it a few years. ago.

Then, a Facebook conversation about "what I'm doing instead of NaNo" pointed me to the 2014 November PAD (Poem-A-Day) Chapbook Challenge. Oh, yes, I thought, this is something I can do.

There is no registration to speak of, so I e-mailed a few on-the-fence friends and announced my intentions.And after two days of poetry writing, I'm announcing it here.

I thought about adding the blog posting and/or thankfulness challenges, but let's not get carried away. I also thought about learning how to use another well-known blogging platform (rhymes with Nerd Chess), about which, ditto.

As you can see, though, I did post to my blog. I'll even throw in something I am thankful for, today and every day:

I have everything I need, and a few of the things I want.

Life is good.