NaNoWriNo 2013

1 Nov

There’s this little thing called National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) some of you may have heard of. It takes place every year, and challenges writers to write 50,000 words during the month of November. This challenge is for completely insane people.

Speaker7 and I are only mostly insane, so last year we decided NaNoWriMo was not for us. We still wanted to push ourselves to be better writers or whatever people tell themselves while they’re torturing themselves every day. This is why we came up with NaNoWriNO which was our way of saying, “Yeah, that other fuckery not happening.”


I’d rather stick a lit fireracker in my butthole

I somehow managed to get through it, but promised myself I’d never do it again. Fast forward a year, and Speaker7 e-mailed me casually bringing up the idea of doing it again. Because I’m trying to wedge myself between her and Mr. Speaker7, I couldn’t say no. When I announced I was going to unnecessarily stress myself out on my Facebook page, Rachelle from Rich, Full Life In Spite of It mentioned I should join Rarasaur’s National Blog Post Month (NaBloPoMo) Poblano Team. After several hours lost in the abyss of writing acronyms, I ended up linking up to Team Poblano, BlogHer and Yeah Write.

Well, damn. I guess I’m really doing this now.

I have absolutely no idea what I’ll write about every day, and I certainly can’t promise it’s going to be any good. Some days you may get wisdom, and other days it may just be GIFs of me banging my head against my keyboard. If you unfollow me during this time I’ll understand, but that doesn’t mean I won’t put an ancient curse on your genitals.

I want to wish the best of luck to everyone who is participating in NaNoWriMo, NaNoWriNo, NaBloPoMo, or any variation thereof. We’re all going to need it.

57 Responses to “NaNoWriNo 2013”

  1. writerwendyreid 11/03/2013 at 9:27 pm #

    I think there is already an ancient curse on my genitals, but I will continue to follow you, just in case. 😉 xo

    • Jen and Tonic 11/03/2013 at 9:28 pm #

      If by cursed you mean people are incredibly drawn to them, then yes, very cursed.

  2. Jacqui O Retro 11/03/2013 at 4:29 am #

    Yikes.. I could never take that on. I’m wrecked after punching in this fifteen words.
    Good luck!

    • Jen and Tonic 11/03/2013 at 9:02 pm #

      Normally I am too. This has actually taught me that I can string together multiple sentences on a daily basis.

  3. Shailaja V 11/01/2013 at 11:01 pm #

    Oh, I so love this post! My first attempt at #NaBloPoMo. Let’s see how long I stick to it.

  4. rarasaur 11/01/2013 at 8:12 pm #

    So excited! 🙂 Day 1 and there’s already fireworks in buttholes– this is going to be fabulous! 🙂

  5. elinwaldal 11/01/2013 at 7:24 pm #

    This post is among my favorites of the day (along with your blog name too). Looking forward to the the insanity of it all!

  6. She's a Maineiac 11/01/2013 at 5:33 pm #

    Ooh! Can’t wait to see what you and Speaker have in store for us. I think the best posts are the ones that just pour out of a blogger, uncensored.

    • Jen and Tonic 11/02/2013 at 5:13 pm #

      I think so too. Speaker7 makes me laugh until I fart so I can’t wait for November to get pretty gassy.

  7. John the Aussie 11/01/2013 at 4:25 pm #

    It’s that time already??? Good luck.

  8. Stacie 11/01/2013 at 2:04 pm #

    Even BloMo was SO hard last year. But here I am again…good luck rowmie (Erica will explain that shortly).

    • Jen and Tonic 11/02/2013 at 5:12 pm #

      I found out what rowmie was- such a great idea! Best of luck on BloMo, I don’t know how I’m going to get through it.

  9. speaker7 11/01/2013 at 1:34 pm #

    Thanks for sharing in the misery. Last year, I already had two in the can before starting. This year, I’m flying by the seat of my pants.

    • Jen and Tonic 11/02/2013 at 5:12 pm #

      You already had two posts ready last year? I had no idea the advantage you had over me. I’m so glad you’re taking the non-approach approach this year. I can’t deal with your preparedness.

  10. Aussa Lorens 11/01/2013 at 1:28 pm #

    Ah, I’ve signed up as well though I’m still not sure where I’m supposed to be linking and all that. I’m just a sucker for peer pressure.

  11. The Bumble Files 11/01/2013 at 10:05 am #

    I’ll be rooting you on, Jen! It will be inspiring for me. I’m shooting for posting 2x a week! I did it last year. I’m glad I did it, but I don’t do my best work that way. I never even reread what I wrote. Maybe someday I will. Ha!

    • Jen and Tonic 11/02/2013 at 5:07 pm #

      Two times a week is admirable, and I’m not sure how Le Clown has managed to keep up with that schedule for months now. I also haven’t gone back and read anything I wrote from last year’s NaNoWriNo…I’m too scared.

  12. Soul Walker 11/01/2013 at 9:49 am #

    Me and my genitals promise not to unfollow you… wait, that sounded really weird… oh well– here’s to the month of november (raises morning eggnog glass)!

  13. daniheart21 11/01/2013 at 9:19 am #

    I’m in! I think I signed up through those other sites…lol You have inspired me Jen. Hugs

  14. philosophermouseofthehedge 11/01/2013 at 9:12 am #

    If you write words, a story will show up…(That’s bound to be written down somewhere…) Good luck! Crazy always helps!

  15. SocietyRed 11/01/2013 at 9:11 am #

    I can’t stop laughing long enough to type out an intelligent comment so thank you.

    • Jen and Tonic 11/02/2013 at 5:02 pm #


      There, we’re even.

  16. michellestodden 11/01/2013 at 8:24 am #

    SO excited about your (and Speaker7’s) endeavor I just peed a little, kinda like my mom’s dog every time he gets excited. I thought about doing some version of NaNo, but I would likely end up posting grocery lists, which are sometimes bizarre… Like my last list went something like tampons, batman duck tape, wine, gouda cheese, a large serrated knife, a shower curtain liner, and lemons. Not even kidding. So many stories could arise from a list like that…

    • Jen and Tonic 11/01/2013 at 8:39 am #

      The grocery clerk is probably thinking, “This lady is either incredibly dangerous, or my ideal woman. Definitely worth the risk to find out.”

      One time I went to the drug store and bought pantyhose for an interview, car oil because I was running low, rope for a christmas tree and boxed wine just because. The kid behind the counter sorta smirked, and as I left he said, “Have an interesting night!” It wasn’t until I got home that I realized he probably thought I was a hooker/party girl/sad cat lady with a BDSM fetish.

  17. donofalltrades 11/01/2013 at 8:19 am #

    While it’s tempting to unfollow you just to have anybody acknowledge my genitals, I guess I’ll wait and see what you have to offer this month. Good luck.

  18. RFL 11/01/2013 at 7:09 am #

    Go Jen!! I considered joining too, mostly this morning though because I have a serious commitment problem. I can’t wait to read you and Speaker7 every day during November though. I’m doing a smaller scale commitment: drafting a post every day for the month and working on an editorial calendar and a more structured posting schedule. Baby steps!!!
    Thanks for the link, and I’m glad you joined up with Rara and YW (that community is wonderful).

    • Jen and Tonic 11/01/2013 at 8:27 am #

      That’s awesome! I think the whole point of this month is to encourage people to be more actively involved with their writing, and what you’re doing definitely counts.

      Never really done much with YW, but I love Rara. Also, I trust that you wouldn’t have mentioned any of that stuff to me if you didn’t think it was a good idea. Wait, unless you secretly hate me…

      • RFL 11/01/2013 at 1:18 pm #

        Rara is awesome. YW is great place to meet bloggers from WP and other platforms, and to hone your posts with a little friendly competition. I haven’t been over there much lately because lazy.
        And, ha! I do not secretly hate you, but you might feel that way when it’s over! I’m sure you’ll have a thousand new friends from all over the interwebz and some kick ass posts that’ll be featured on BlogHer to show for it when it’s over though.

  19. List of X 11/01/2013 at 6:48 am #

    Personally, I don’t think banging your head against the keyboard really counts pushing yourself as a writer. But best of luck to you, and to your unfollowers trying to remove ancient curses from their genitals.

    • Jen and Tonic 11/01/2013 at 8:26 am #

      Okay, what if I posted pictures of me crying, buried beneath candy wrappers as I try and squeeze out a few words for Team Poblano?

  20. charlesomache 11/01/2013 at 6:42 am #

    Reblogged this on Charles Omache's Blog and commented:
    sounds cool right?!

    • Jen and Tonic 11/01/2013 at 8:24 am #

      Thanks for the reblog! Will you be joining us? It’s not too late to put something up today!

  21. herschelian 11/01/2013 at 6:27 am #

    Why am I reading your blog and Speaker 7’s blog? you are both certifiably insane. I think V-J Chapman has the right idea – NoNoHellNo. Good luck, you’re going to need it (do you realise how long a month November is??)

    • Jen and Tonic 11/01/2013 at 8:23 am #

      There are only one of three reasons you’d be reading either of us:

      •You have stockholm syndrome from staring at Hugo’s picture too long
      •You finally got that check I sent to you
      •You are also certifiably insane

      Which is it?

  22. javaj240 11/01/2013 at 6:20 am #

    I’m doing it, too… I saw you were signed up through yeah write yesterday and was going to tweet you some encouragement, but, frankly, I was too overwhelmed trying to get ahead of this thing myself. So, consider this my encouragement!

    • Jen and Tonic 11/01/2013 at 8:22 am #

      It was just so much work to sign up through multiple networks! I thought, “I’m too lazy to submit my name how am I going to write every single day?” November is going to be interesting…

      Good luck!

  23. Vanessa-Jane Chapman 11/01/2013 at 6:17 am #

    Last year I did do NaNoWriMo, this year it’s NoNoHellNo (see I can play that game too!). I was really glad I did it, even though it was kind of a nightmare at the time, but this year I’ve gone back to studying, alongside my job, and the kids and everything, so that’s why it’s NoNoHellNo to NaNoWriMo this year! Phew.

    • Jen and Tonic 11/01/2013 at 8:19 am #

      Did you finish NaNoWriMo? I cannot imagine writing 50k words in a month. I have a hard enough time writing 5k. Studying + kids + job = totally insanity. I don’t blame you.

      • Vanessa-Jane Chapman 11/01/2013 at 8:24 am #

        Yep, I did finish it, and not only that, but I actually worked on it afterwards, and submitted it to a place that publishes 50K word pocket novels! They didn’t accept it, but I really didn’t mind, aside frome the helpful feedback they gave me, I was just so pleased with myself that I had actually attempted to follow something through rather than just dabbling in lots of things and never finishing anything which is what I usually do!

        • Jen and Tonic 11/01/2013 at 8:40 am #

          That’s great that you had a final piece, and even submitted it! At least you know now that you CAN write something that is worth shopping around at some point. I have a lot of respect for that.

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