Old Patriot's Pen

Personal pontifications of an old geezer born 200 years too late.

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I've been everywhere That was the title of a hit country-and-western song from the late 1950's, originally sung by Hank Snow, and made famous by Johnny Cash. I resemble that! My 26-year career in the Air Force took me to more than sixty nations on five continents - sometimes only for a few minutes, other times for as long as four years at a time. In all that travel, I also managed to find the perfect partner, help rear three children, earn more than 200 hours of college credit, write more than 3000 reports, papers, documents, pamphlets, and even a handful of novels, take about 10,000 photographs, and met a huge crowd of interesting people. I use this weblog and my personal website here to document my life, and discuss my views on subjects I find interesting.

Monday, November 01, 2004

NaNoWriMo Challenge

I've registered with NaNoWriMo for this year's challenge - to write a 50,000 word novel in 30 days. NaNoWriMo stands for National Novel Writing Month, and is run by a friendly group of people trying to encourage writing. They're not a non-profit, and there isn't much in the way of prizes, but they have several thousand people signed up already. I've got a title, about half of an outline, and about an equal amount on my plot line worked out already, and I plan to start writing a little later today. I'm going to try to do this, keep up my blog, and continue my life as close to normal as possible, but I urge you to bear with me! I may get a bit cranky at times, especially as the deadline approaches.

Writing a 50,000 word novel in 30 days isn't impossible, but it is a challenge. I wrote my first novel, HUKATA, in seven days. It took about three weeks of hard editing to get it to where it was a decent story, but the basic novel was complete - and about 97,000 words long. Depending on how well I do at the writing and inline editing, I may post exerpts of the novel to my website, and also to this blog, from time to time.


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