Monday, October 02, 2006

Art Show and Nano

They say “when it rains it pours” and “misfortune always comes in threes” but is the same true about the good stuff? Or, would that completely unbalance the karma scales and drown us in the bad stuff?

Good news came in today: my piece made it into the art show!

I’m super giddy (and who knows, maybe this will be my week for good news.) This weekend is the preview and awards reception, which means free food and wine, a mishmash of the local art culture meeting, and me walking around pretending like I’m the guest of an attending artist instead of the artist herself. (This goes back to the same issues as discussed in ‘writing secretly.’ I’m mortified to point out my work face to face with people, never mind that I went through an art major and had public critiques… there is probably no hope for me.) I won’t find out until the reception if my piece placed, but I’m just thrilled to have made it in. That’s enough for me.

Official NaNoWriMo 2006 ParticipantIn other news, October is here again which means it’s time to start thinking about NaNoWriMo. For those of you who have never heard of it, Nanowrimo is National Novel Writing Month and is an event that gathers thousands of people who want to write books and pushes them to write 50k words during the month of November. I did it for the first time last year and won, (I found out about it the year before, but November was more than half over and I was in the middle of exams.) It’s madness but tons of fun. (I was working full time last year… it might be slightly less madness this time around.) This year I will be invoking the Zokutou clause and working on MG. If I manage to finish Mg early or there are not 50k words left at the start of November, then I'll have to throw together a quick outline of book #3 and jump into that.(And I wouldn't complain a bit about finishing MG sooner than planned.)

Last year around 60k people participated in Nano and even more are anticipated this year. If you have ever felt like there is a book inside you waiting for the right time to jump out, now may be the time. My Nano name is Kalayna. Drop me a message and we can keep up with each others word count and help each other stay motivated.


fred charles said...

I started writing my outline today. I want to be armed with a complete outline this year instead of just winging it. I usually don't outline but I don't want to hit a wall.

Rachel Vincent said...

Good luck with NaNo! I did my own version of it last year, but got derailed in the middle agent. She called to offer representation, and sent me on a tailspin of revisions and...well, panic.

I hope you finish your book!

Kalayna-Nicole Price said...

Fred: Good luck! I hope your outline helps (I can't finish anything without one.) A wall in the middle of such a mad rush would be sure to break a nose.

Rachel: Thanks! I don't blame you for stopping last year; who wouldn't stop for an agent's demand for revisions?