Tuesday, November 06, 2007

A NaNo Rant Featuring Renee' Barnes (aka Trish)

TWC partner Renee' Barnes is doing NaNoWriMo this year. It takes guts to tackle NaNo when one has a family, and during the beginning of Silly Season that begins before Halloween. It's only tackled by those who take their writing seriously. Or have a very helpful family. Or are crazy. No offense meant, Renee'. (And Kim Richards, Glenn Walker, and others.)

My personal feeling is that those in Congress who declared the month of November as National Novel Writing Month were idiots, or perverts, or worse. Why couldn't they have proclaimed May (after tax season and before school is out) or October (after school starts and barely before the beginning of the Silly Season mentioned earlier) as NaNoWriMo?

Why did they have to choose Thanksgiving month? My house is full, or being prepared to be full, of company for most of the month. I barely have time to blog, moderate chats at TWC, and meet my magazine deadlines during November! That doesn't even count getting ready for Christmas ... Oy!

I've been keeping up with the two, yes two, stories Renee' is writing. Both are not only the best first drafts I've ever read, but she's managing to promote TWC's members in her tales. Mentioned so far are John Everson and the team of Joe Moore/Lynn Sholes--and their latest release--The Hades Project. Way to go, Renee'!!

If you'd like to take a peek at her novels-in-progress: http://www.nanowrimo.org/user/221965 and

Renee' has sent me an email that explains why the Health Department is against NaNo. Let's just say "the sink is piled high" ... I'm sure the laundry baskets are over-flowing as well, but she keeps on writing. I suppose if her men (hubby and sons) get too hungry or too naked, they'll pitch in to help while she keeps her fingers on her keyboard.

While you're at Renee's NaNo site, also click the links to her buddies. They could all use a bit of encouragement.

WTG NaNo participants!



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