That noise you hear is the sound of panic coming from hundreds of thousands of writers who are realizing that there are only three days (not counting today) before NaNoWriMo.
I may or may not be one of those writers.
Actually, I’m in pretty good shape as far as the novel itself goes. I have one pretty thorough outline that I’m still tweaking a bit (I’m having trouble with the sequence of events in a few places but if that’s not settled by the time I get to that part of the story I can fix it in the rewrite) and I have two more outlines waiting in the wings. I’m not going to need them, but I can always finish them and use them for Camp sessions next year. (Or work on them around the editing projects that I’ve been ignoring.)
(Yes, that means that I’ve decided which of the Elven Bard books I’m going to work on.)
My panic comes from the list of things that I need to finish before the end of the month. It’s a very long list and it refuses to get any shorter no matter what I do. (I swear my lists are the spawn of hydras. I cross one thing off and two others grow in its place.)
I did get the stock up shopping done, so there is that. I still need to get groceries – I’m hoping to do that Sunday night after work. (I was going to go after work last night but it was raining and I’m already fighting off some sort of respiratory crud so I just came home instead.)
(I don’t have time to get sick. NaNoWriMo is coming!)
Mostly my list consists of things to do.
Some of it is stuff to get done and out of the way around the house (like get the rat food out of the big 40 pound bag and into smaller containers).
The rest is stuff to get done online so I don’t have to deal with it next month (finish setting up snippets for the blog hops, for instance, and ordering more meds for the brat rats).
How much will get done before November first?
I’m hoping that the rat food and the online and computer stuff will be done before then, along with at least one major assault on the clutter that has accumulated while I wasn’t looking. (I need to finish a craft project first, too. Oh, dear.)
And I’m working today, tomorrow, and Sunday.
And Monday I’ll be busy baking and cooking and getting ready to start writing at midnight.
Sleep may be something I only dream of…