On Prep: Halloween, Vacation, & NaNoWriMo

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Yes, I have some lovely navel-gazing posts lined up for this space, but they’ll have to wait a few more weeks. Right now, why life pretty much revolves around prep work: getting the yard decor up for Halloween, working on finishing up some work projects and getting the rest to good stopping points before I take a week off for a vacation the last week of October, getting a couple books ready to publish, finishing a couple more drafts, and plotting out this year’s novel for National Novel Writing Month.

Fall is usually the busiest time of year for me. This is actually pretty normal, busy as it sounds.

The Halloween decor is a slow process this year. Neither hubby nor I have been terribly motivated, and I’m not quite sure why. We finally got started this weekend, and I didn’t come up with this year’s theme until about five minutes before we headed outside to start working on it. I was subconsciously inspired by last week’s post, I think, since I finally settled on a haunted campout. So far, it’s looking pretty good, I think. I’ll have more photos & such on Alex’s blog tomorrow.

As for work, I normally take the last week of October off from the day job in order to finish up the Halloween decorating and make sure we’re all ready to scare children in time. This year, I wasn’t sure I was going to take more than just a couple days off at the end of the week, but it all worked out. First a co-worker (my back-up) thought he might leave town, but decided not to. Then I was going to have to be there in the middle of the week for a blood draw anyway (long/boring/ranty story), but ended up not having to do that after all, and finally decided to just go ahead and take it off as usual. Not the most convenient week to be out of the office, but I do need a break, and this year I won’t be spending as much time on Halloween (and no deep cleaning like my “vacation” this past summer either!).

No, most of my vacation week will be spent right where I’m sitting now, in my little red writing booth, finishing up the remaining drafts I have going and plotting this year’s NaNo novel. It’s actually going to be a pretty tight week in terms of getting everything done, but I’m looking forward to it, and it’ll be a nice change of pace. If I manage to get my writing stuff done early, that’ll just leave more time for reading and crocheting – excellent incentives, if I do say so myself.

I’ve only plotted out one NaNo novel before, and it…didn’t turn out well. I have issues with plotting (most of them mental), but this year I’m writing in such a different genre and style that I feel like I don’t really have any other choice. But I’ll talk more about that next week.

Now…sleep, so I can hit the ground running when I wake up. Or at least not crawling. Standing would be good.

Have a good Monday, peeps. Or at least a passably decent one. 😉


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One comment on “On Prep: Halloween, Vacation, & NaNoWriMo

  1. Ardee Eichelmann

    You are going to be one busy bee. I can’t wait to see your haunted camp out photos. I like that idea!

    Cheers, Ardee-ann