I’m a shy person; it’s difficult for me to pinpoint where my simple social awkwardness ends and my neurotic social anxiety begins. I know there is a difference, but there was a time in which just coming across as awkward made me not want to leave the house – an isolation similar to what I experience when my anxiety is particularly crippling. I missed out on a ton of opportunities because of this.
NaNoWriMo has me listed as being a member for 8 years, but I know that I started closer to ten years ago. Which is amazing, but also daunting! I’m disturbed by how quickly time flies.
If you are unfamiliar with NaNoWriMo, it is an annual writing competition with a goal of writing 50,000 words in 30 days. There’s no cash or other prizes – the reward is completing your goal. While 50,000 words is much shorter than the length of a conventional novel, this is a more of a “it’s the thought that counts” kind of thing. This isn’t meant to discredit NaNo at all! The point of it is to show writers and aspiring writers (who, like everyone else, tend to have busy lives) that they do in fact have the time to write a novel. It’s an intense practice in discipline, and the sense of community formed by the NaNo forums and IRL meetups makes that discipline feel fun.
I have officially taken an indefinite hiatus from Geek Volcano – at least when it comes to weekly reviews. I’m still regularly watching (and absolutely loving) Kyuranger, but I am at a point where I need to focus my limited energy and time on the pursuit of paid projects. I still plan on writing a Geek Volcano review for the latest season of Voltron: Legendary Defender, which debuts this weekend!
But in the meantime, I’ve started a new writing focus plan. This plan is three-fold:
This is a genre that I am lacking serious experience in – which is partially due to having a lack of interest in it for quite a while. I have written some letters of interest and rough grant proposals in the past, but only now am I recognizing grant writing as a skill that I need to hone as both a communication expert and a non-profit professional. My job is paying for me to take a month-long advanced proposal writing workshop and I’m stoked! The first workshop was today and I learned a lot…including that my attention span does not like 6-hour long workshops. But still. Learning is good, and learning how to raise money for my non-profit (and maybe one day for my own art) is also good.
Freelance article proposals
While I’m on break from Geek Volcano, I plan on working on at least five article proposals. Submitting ideas for articles to magazines and websites seems like a more daunting task than writing the article itself. But I know at least one website is interested in hearing my proposals for paid pieces, so I need to get cracking.
Yep, I’m taking the dive again this year and doing NaNoWriMo! I have the added incentive of being part of a Come Write In location. The library where I work will be hosting three write-ins and as the only employee whose participated, I am now the resident NaNo Expert! I’ve got a silly plot bunny to work with, and my next blog post will cover the outlining process and NaNo Prep Essentials.