26 Oct

So, there’s this little thing called National Novel Writing Month, or NaNoWriMo for short. For those of you who haven’t heard of it, it’s a challenge to get writers to complete a 50,000+ word fictional novel between November 1st and November 30th. The goal isn’t to write something you’ll eventually publish (although some do) but to flex your writing skills by pushing yourself to complete a project of this magnitude.

I know several people who have participated in it, and all of them ended up loving it despite being terrified at first. They were able to network with other writers, surprised themselves by actually finishing a novel, and none thought their end result was too shabby. I’ve wanted to join NaNoWriMo for the last couple of years, but sincerely haven’t (and don’t) have the time for it.

Instead, I decided I would simply do a 30-day blog challenge where I wrote a blog post each day of November. The lazy man’s NaNoWriMo, if you will. So I searched for one of those standard blog challenges floating around the internet, but none of them appealed to me, and I didn’t feel they would be interesting for you guys to read.

Then it hit me: why don’t I let my Hooked on Tonics choose what I write for what I have now dubbed “NaNoWriNO”? I want you to throw out anything you’d like me to write about. Seriously, anything. I will choose the topics using a very scientific method of drawing slips of paper from a hat. Suggestions could include, but are not limited to:

  • Anything about me you’ve wanted to know
  • An open letter to the Republican Party for being such penis holes this election season
  • Dating advice
  • How gladiator sandals are the worst thing to happen to fashion since knitted ponchos
  • Which Golden Girls character I would be, and why
  • Why I think all women are a little bit lesbian
  • Scientology and their medication-hating psychologist-at-large, Tom Cruise

Basically, just have fun with it. Anything deemed to be asshat-ish (think: homophobic or racist) will be disqualified. My peeps are very respectful, but I had to put that disclaimer in because I like to pretend I’m a lawyer.

Feel free to submit your questions via:

  • This post, or future NaNoWriNO posts
  • E-mail:
  • Facebook
  • Twitter

If your topic is chosen, I will include a link back to your site unless you’d like to remain anonymous. If that’s the case, tell me you’ve got a reputation to uphold, and I’ll just say the submission was sent by Captain Whiny Baby from the SS Sissy Pants.

My Hooked on Tonics are a mixture of binge drinkers, ex-cons, sociopaths and sexual deviants. You’re also a funny and creative bunch. I look forward to this being both frightening and entertaining.


114 Responses to “NaNoWriNO”

  1. incognitomusicmagazine 11/09/2012 at 1:53 pm #

    Why do women pay some astronomical amount for a hairdresser only to come home looking exactly as they did before the “new style?”

  2. incognitomusicmagazine 11/09/2012 at 10:10 am #

    How do you handle that person at work that will detain you for 20 minutes even though it’s clear you checked out about 5 seconds into the person’s monologue?

  3. Brother Jon 10/31/2012 at 8:31 am #

    I have to say I’m a little disappointed. I feel left out of your “reader profile”. Maybe I still count cause I’m an ex-binge drinker, ex-sexual deviant, and pro-con. How about this for a writing idea. I consider myself not-the-usual-type-of-Mormon. How bout you write something that blast holes in all sorts of various stereotypes.

    • Jen and Tonic 10/31/2012 at 9:51 am #

      Oh, Brother Jon, I’d never want to exclude you! I see you as our role model. You know, the one who will show us how to stop being hot messes.

      Love that idea!

  4. Giggles McGill Jill 10/30/2012 at 5:43 pm #

    I’m sure you’ve seen this, but:

    And on that topic:
    How do you feel about auto-tuned news stories (and they’re ridiculously catchy tunes!)?

    (If more examples are needed:, and one of my faves

  5. Bill Friday 10/30/2012 at 12:00 pm #

    I know this comment is a long time in coming, but I was trying to be your 100th comment, and as it seems this thread has, sadly, shot its creative wad, I saw this as the time to jump right in with my request…

    Bloody Awful Poetry.

    And not some anapestic in which every line ends with a word that rhymes with “Nantucket”.

    Consider yourself double-dog dared!

    • Jen and Tonic 10/30/2012 at 12:16 pm #

      I got you to say “shot its creative wad” in public which is a shining moment in my life. Now on to the rest of my comment…

      I want to choke you out for this! You KNOW I don’t do poetry. When I see you I may have to kill you. Just sayin.

      • Bill Friday 10/30/2012 at 1:07 pm #

        Hey, I said it could be “Bloody Awful”. I hear Bloody Awful Poetry is the wave of the future. It might even warrant a mention in The Urban Dictionary 😉

        • Jen and Tonic 10/30/2012 at 1:16 pm #

          “Bloody Awful” sounds like an Urban Dictionary term that even *I* couldn’t bring myself to write.

  6. Viciously Sweet 10/30/2012 at 10:32 am #

    I have got to ask since I am a tv nerd. What character(s) do you associate most with on tv shows? Are you a Liz Lemon, having it all? Are you a Michael Scott, who is trying the best he can? Are you a Leslie Knope? A Fred Mertz?
    I have to know. And I want diagrams.

    • Jen and Tonic 10/30/2012 at 11:38 am #

      Diagrams?! I’m going to flunk NaNoWriNO.

      • Viciously Sweet 10/30/2012 at 11:50 am #

        Well I could always help you out! I would like to make a venn diagram about this and in the center is JEN!

        • Jen and Tonic 10/30/2012 at 11:58 am #

          If I pick it from the hat, I’m taking you up on that!

  7. mrmarymuthafuckingpoppins 10/29/2012 at 8:11 pm #

    I figure also “Jungle fever” … any where you wanna go with that 🙂

  8. mrmarymuthafuckingpoppins 10/29/2012 at 8:10 pm #

    I would love to here about how you [ Jen’] Rock a party to the early light

    • Jen and Tonic 10/30/2012 at 11:39 am #

      I am going to give away the keys to the kingdom when I answer this one. I make being fly look easy.


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