NaNoWriMo and Quitting Smoking – WHAT?!

So I decided to do NaNoWriMo this year.  Nope, no one put a gun to my head and I am not certifiably insane (yet).   I have seen this NaNo thingy around for years… years! I was always too chicken poop to give it a shot.  Or maybe I didn’t have a story idea.

Anyway…. I have a story idea and it is a darn tooting good one.

To commemorate my Nano Insanity.. I quit smoking!  Ok, I did not quit smoking to cement NaNoWriMo.  I actually picked my quit date as November 1st two weeks before Halloween after much cajoling from my boyfriend.  On Halloween he said to me, “Tomorrow is the big da-ay!”

I looked at him completely confused.  “All Saints day?” I said, pitching my voice up in question mode.

“No, babe.  Remember?  You are quitting smoking tomorrow!”

“I am? Oh!  Right!  Yeah, I am,” I tried to sound as enthusiastic as possible.  I was right there along with a squirrel right before he gets smashed by a car.  At least the squirrels misery ends!

So Sunday, Halloween, October 31, 2011 was my last day of smoking.

Sunday, Halloween, blah blah blah was also my prep day to start NaNoWriMo on Monday, November 1st.  Monday November 1st would be my first official smoke-free day.  It would also be a day I had to write at least 1,667 words.

I have to say, it hasn’t been so bad.  I mean, yes, I have purchased a small fortune in gum.  I have consumed about 60 chocolate chip cookies in the last four and a half days along with countless Twix Bars and Snickers.  I am drinking the equivalent of a small creek of fresh spring water each day.

Some things I have noticed that are super smashingly smurfariffic!

a) I don’t stink!

b) I think a little clearer because I am not obsessed with nicotine!

c) I am a little grouchier (this is making my characters not so sissy-like in my WIP).

d) I am drinking way less coffee.

e) I already have extra cash! Weee! 😀

So if I seem a bit snippy at the write-in this weekend at Panera in Bensalem or we’re on Facebook and suddenly you get the feeling a seven horned monster with eighteen green, scaly fingers is typing, don’t be alarmed.  It’s just me.

Happy NaNoing (and ROW80ing!) 😉

NaNoWriMo takes the lead! ROW80 – I’ll be back!

Ok, so anyone and everyone who writes, blogs, reads or owns a computer knows that November is not only filled with days such as All Saints Day (the 1st), Day of the Dead (today), Veteran’s Day (the 11th) and good ol’ Thanksgiving (c’mon Turkey Day!)… it is also a big event in the world of writing.  National Novel Writers Month.  Hence: NaNoWriMo.

This is my first year.  *Cheers and claps abound* *whistles and hoots* 😀 Why thank you so much!

I am starting off with a bang, but like any marathon (which is what I have equated this with), slow and steady does it.  So, I did some extra yesterday and today so that I can have a little cushion in the days ahead.  I will most likely do a little extra each day until my brain becomes mush.  That way should the day come (say a day when I have to work from 8:30 am – 12 midnight) I will have a little leeway.

So, Happy ROW80ing friends and Happy NaNoWriMoing. 😉

If anyone else is NaNoing this year… look me up on the NaNo Page here.

Looking forward to this month with very cool writer and blogging folks!