Looking forward

It’s been a rough couple of weeks, vocationally speaking. So much so that I’m finding the need to take a break from the type of reflection I frequently do and run towards the more creative end of my personality spectrum. Thankfully, I’ll soon have a great excuse to spend a lengthy period with that aspect of my being.

National Novel Writing Month is soon upon us.

NaNoWriMo, as it’s known among the cool kids 1, is a celebration of writing. During the month of November people who participate are encouraged to write a small novel – just because they can. The target is 50,000 words written during the month.

I’ve never taken “official” part in NaNoWriMo, but this year I think I’d like to dedicate Painfully Hopeful to this adventure. During weekdays in November, at least, I’ll be dedicating this blog to Welcome to the Valleys, and see where the adventure takes us. Keeping up with author’s notes may be a bit more daunting, as I find they sometimes take more time to write than the actual story, but I’m hoping I’ll be able to release those as well. Currently, Welcome to the Valleys is just over 35,000 words, and contemplating a significant increase in that total is both thrilling and daunting. It amazes me how writing this story drains my mental energy, and yet I find so much joy in witnessing the characters come alive!

Keeping with my need to retreat into the creative end of my personality spectrum, I hope to dedicate November weekends to displaying some photography. I may try a photo essay tracking Fall as it gives way to Winter. Or perhaps I’ll just pour through my images and look for decent photos which I’ve yet to upload to Flickr.

Throughout November I will no doubt pile up topics which I will want to share on this blog. A part of me is excited to watch these topics pile up in my “future drafts” folder of my Scrivener project. I’ll be able to piece together thoughts over the month and, hopefully, will have some decent posts ready to share in December 2. I can’t believe that month will mark the end of my “blog every day in 2015” journey3!

So, come November, are you ready for a lot more of Jeremy, Walter, and Ama?


  1. Well, cool nerds, anyway. I realize some people may feel that’s a contradiction, but it’s amazing how “nerdy” is the real “cool” in the post-high school world. 
  2. Aside from my almost-annual post about my dislike of “the Christmas season,” that is. Give me Advent over gaudy malls any day. 
  3. I haven’t ruled out continuing this practice in 2016 as well. Though if I do I think I might do at least one comic a week. I miss doing them. 

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  1. You have my “go for it”

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