upon writing a novel

a few days ago, self-friend Ariah posted a blog about November being National Novel Writing Month.  I've been meaning to get some more writing out of my system, and the encouragement of knowing there are hundreds of people doing the same thing at the same time has led me to bite the bullet (hooray for mob mentality!).

The goal for myself, Ariah, and hundreds of other people is to write a 50,000 word novel in the month of November.  I'm not sure if I'm doing this for the creative/social experience or because I (apparently) love punishment so much.

This is also one of the reasons I posted the short story yesterday.  Translating the comic script i wrote a few months ago into a short story was a test to see how much I could write during lunch.  The short story was written over two 45-minute periods... the story is 1900 words long, so I should be able to average 1000 words an hour.  At that rate, I would need to work at least an hour and forty minutes a day.

Oh, why did i just break that down to myself like that.

Other November projects:

1) Be a good husband

2) Run with the dogs at least twice a week

3) Work a full time job

4) Develop and lead lessons for our small group

5) Finish up my Intro to Future Studies Master's class

6) Develop Nathan Jey's website

7) Film and edit a wedding

8) Finish Halo 3 (only one level left!)

Yup, I'm a glutton for punishment.  There might be some occasional updates here on the blog, or even some sample chapters and what not.  Please take some time to comment on them... I'll need some encouragement during this sprint/marathon of writing!