NaNoWriMo is a vehicle, but it is the story that comes out of there that counts.

The NaNo website is a place to travel in, or through, rest in sometimes . . .

I had a routine dental visit today – there was some dog shit on the path where I travelled – it was on what could be counted as my property and so was my responsibility – someone had brought their dog along there and not used a doggy-doo bag.

It makes me sick even just to think about it.  It isn’t that I don’t like dogs, but they can presage the desperate for me.

I knew I would have to clean that up when I came back – it was right between the wall of our front garden and next door’s car which was parked where we have an agreement he can leave it.

Pushed in between two neighbours’ cars, we are – there is also the one in the shared drive beside us that belongs to another neighbour.

I couldn’t expect either neighbour to clean that up – it was in that space that was indubitably mine and was my responsibility.

Does anyone else get signs along the way?

I sloped off towards the bus stop.  I felt like some hard-boiled detective on the trail of something big.

But it wasn’t until I was in the dentist’s surgery, and the hygienist asked me to put my cross next to the signature . . .

That I knew things were going according to plan.

NaNoWriMo. There are tricks and chicanery.

No matter what tricks and chicanery might abound, I know what is real.

I am not so uneducated that I do not know there is discussion around the nature of reality.

Oh, come on!  I could discuss the nature of reality until the cows come home!

I have said that I don’t find challenges challenging (and some see NaNoWriMo in terms of challenge).

But I won’t try to twist the rules and pretend that I didn’t.


I would tell you that I did – afterwards.

I won’t glory in such a position.


I shall give what is real.

NaNo. I’m serious about this.

Being on the site there, looking into a few forums – and it’s not as though I’ve never done forums before – but, leaving the odd reply (and, after I’ve done it, I think – that was odd) – where your replies appear not worth much once they are up there – but seemed absolutely real in your head –

It’s good experience, being there, trying it, being in with a group –

Especially if you’re a loner, where is it possible that you can join?

What can you say that, eventually, someone might notice?

NaNoWriMo – you can’t tell a robot to piss off – they don’t piss.

My only recourse would be to not speak to it at all.

I’m thinking around this question but I’m only writing so much down.


You see – it is entirely artificial having a story idea – a phrase – of a couple of hundred words that wants to escalate into a couple of hundred more and you can’t because in fact, in effect, you are dealing with robots in there.

Don’t take this too literally.

It’s my NaNo! Okay? Huh! *One slight profanity at the end of this post.

I don’t mind engaging with robots!  I really don’t!  But where is the bookmark it wants me to press?  It sent me a message to say it hadn’t seen me for a while.  Well, where was it?

I left a message in the Newbies.  It’s fine as a message, but they seem to want joiny-up handwriting in there!

Well, I can do that!  Wait till you see mine!  You won’t recognise me!

In the Rebels’ Room, I mentioned to someone, who seemed a reasonable person (as am I), that I would be keeping a low profile!

I’ve just begun and I’ve decided to keep a low profile!

Oh, it’s just that bit pushy in there – I feel corralled.

Someone asked if anyone was going to blog while NaNo-ing.

Well, why wouldn’t you?

I know it’s a lot of words, 50,000, but I’m lacking in that Maths ability so it doesn’t worry me.

The numbers will come together in the end or they won’t.

I’ll get into my project, or I won’t.

I’m not getting the free-trial Scrivener – so I can get it cheaper at the end of NaNo.

I think that is a bit much – learning a whole new system as well as seeing how you get on with NaNo itself.

Too much to do.

So, marketing around that has misfired with me.

I’ll use Word.  I’m familiar with that.

I have been a patient person for most of my life.  I am even more patient now that I am on the verge of old age – where that is to my own benefit.

I’ll be going slow with NaNo.  Not with the writing if I find that it is coming together.

But all this – let’s join in!  Haven’t seen you for a while!  I’m a robot!  You can’t hurt my feelings even though I look alarmed that my demands are not met!

Not allowed to swear at all in there, either, which I do understand.

But this is my blog!

So – piss off robot!

NaNoWriMo – huh! I’m going to sit in the Rebels’ Forum anyway.

It is so difficult to be a rebel – it seems there is little agreement in there – or areas so grey they may as well – count or not.

Be on the safe side, I say – get in the Rebels’ room and refuse to budge!

It’s for people outside the box – I say, what box where?

I’m worrying about my 173 words.

If I just sit in the Rebels’ room, I won’t need to worry if I use those same 173 words or transform them into another 173 words and therefore don’t use them . . .