I am working on my October 12 x 12 draft, which I am hoping will also serve as my entry to Susanna Leonard Hill’s 5th Annual Halloweensie Contest. Next I will consider whether I am seriously planning on participating in both NaNoWriMo and PiBoIdMo, the way I did last year (to varying levels of success). I aim to be efficient. Apparently I also aim to use up all my free time and have none left over for watching Stephen Colbert. Sorry, Stephen.
These are all wonderful things to participate in, though. A contest is basically a writing prompt with a potential prize at the end, and when I enter Susanna’s contests, I end up with stories I really like. A month-long writing challenge enforces a deadline upon you, and deadlines are great for creativity, because you have to get it done or else. (This is also the case in my day job.) I can’t say enough good things about 12 x 12, which has taught me so much about writing for children. So no complaints as I get my little notebooks ready.
Women Who Write, one of my writing groups, is also having its annual conference this weekend, and I helped plan it, so I’m both excited and secretly angsting over whether everything will go well. Also over shoes. Do I dare wear heels when I’m going to be running around all day? There’s a festival going on in town that day — will I be able to find a parking space? These are weighty questions. Also, I have a Halloween party that night, so at some point I’ll have to switch from business-casual to witchy. Preferably not during the conference.
It’s going to be an interesting week, leading into an interesting month. Let’s see how much I can get done.