Preptober, Abbreviated

The year got away from me, as it did with many of us, and so I found myself on the 15th wondering when it had become October.  The weather in the area was unseasonably warm, so I just kind of kept the summer going in my head, only to be blindsided by Autumn mid-month.  It wasn’t so much the seasonal change that bothered me, it was the fact that I wasn’t focused as I should have be

I forgot about Preptober.

Preptober is where you get ready for NaNoWriMo.  If you think I sound like a crazy person, read the next section.  If you know what I’m talking about, skip ahead one.

NaNoWriMo (NaNo) stands for National Novel Writing Month, which is in November.  The goal, though the website, is to pen 50k words in a month, leaving you a “winner” with a little bookie-book at the end of it.  It’s fun and pushes you to write.  “Preptober” is the month of October, when you prepare for NaNo.

Anyway, I did it in 2019 and ended up a winner, with a nice little novella.  Then in 2020 the world stopped, so I figured no problem!  I went hard in planning during October and was raring to go on the 1st of the month.  Alas, on the 8th I broke my finger, and dashed all dreams of getting a book out of it.  This year, I shall try again.

But I haven’t touched my outlines.

I’m so behind.  I have a workbook that helps me prepare and I have two weeks of exercises to look over.  On the up side, it’s the same project I worked on last year so much of it is already done, but I need to familiarize myself with everything again.  I have to get my head back in the book, so to speak.

I suppose the key to it all is to not stress myself out.  For instance, just thinking to myself that I already have so much more prepared for this novel than I did for the last when I started it makes me feel at ease.  I have a game plan; a script to work from.  It will make everything that much easier. 

So, for the next two weeks, I will be reacquainting myself with my book, and bonding with my characters, and dreaming of my settings.  Then, on Monday, November 1st, I will tap tap tap away on my keyboard, and hope I don’t smash my finger in a folding chair again.

Happy Preptober.

Sweater Weather

It’s October!

Of all the seasons, I am definitely in love with Autumn, and October is my favorite time of all.  As a kid I was totally into Halloween, planning my costumes months in advance and begging my father to take me to the Haunted Catacombs every single night until he finally relented.  On the actual day he would pipe scary music through the house and we would go trick or treating and hand out candy.  Then when I was thirteen my parents had the audacity to have a second child, and she was born smack dab in the middle of my holiday, which made me a tad resentful as a youngster.  Fortunately, I grew to enjoy my sister, so now the fact she was born on Halloween is just an added bonus.

I love pumpkin farms, and apple cider, and changing leaves.  I like boots and sweaters and not having to pull my hair up because I’m sweaty.  With the exception of the “pumpkin spice” craze, a flavor I could live without, I buy in to all things Fall the moment the first leaf hits the ground.

Summer is too hot.  That’s pretty much my main complaint.  Winter is too cold, and the sun is hardly ever out, which causes some seasonal depression to add to an already depressed mind, and Spring only lasts about a week around here, so Autumn is definitely number one in my book.  Right now, I am sitting at my desk with the door open, and nice breeze is coming through.  It smells like rain, because it has been pouring all day, with a sky that’s nearly white-the leaves of the trees make a sharp contrast.  It’s not cold, but it’s not really warm either, and I am comfortable in the new sweater I got yesterday.  It is lovely, and I am hoping for many more afternoons like this.

Of course, this is Buffalo and climate change is real so, who knows, it might snow next week.  Enjoy it while it lasts!