Another thing that happens in November is Nanowrimo.

That is National Novel Writing Month, wherein you sign up and pledge to write a 50,000 word novel during November.

This is my second year signing up for Nanowrimo and if I complete it, it will be my first time doing that.  Last year I made it about 7,000 words in, which is more than 10% but still rather lackluster.

I am pretty determined to finish (or “win” as they say) this time around.

I’ll probably just write the whole thing this weekend, get it out of the way.

But actually, though, 50,000 is a lot of words and I am afraid I might not finish again.

Following through with things is just not a strength of mine (as a “for example” – I bought new pajamas today because Friday is Pajama Day at school, and last Pajama Day my students were all like, “Those are the pajamas you wore LAST Pajama Day” so I NEEDED new pajamas, right? And so the No-buy-vember fail happens on 11/2…except I am going to try to get my sister to reimburse me the cost of my pajamas since she never got me a birthday present, thus un-failing me!)

Anyway – Nanowrimo.  I’ll let you know how it goes.

Ima wear my Viking hat while I write my novel (I have one, you know)




Welcome to Things That Happen in November Week, in which I discuss things that happen in November.

Our first event to celebrate is No-buy-vember!!!

See, I’ve always said to myself – “Niki, you should have a no-buy month.  Take a month off from needless shopping and save a little – nothing but groceries and other necessity-type things.”

I expect it surprises no one to discover that I always failed to follow through with any previous attempts at no-buy months. I typically last about a week.  Less than, sometimes.  I just like buying things, I can’t help it always saying things like, “this 8 dollar bottle of organic shampoo is a necessity, right?  I mean my other shampoo will run out someday!”

To make sure this whole No-buy-vember thing really sticks this time around, I devised a BRILLIANT plan, which was that I went shopping TODAY, October 31st while it is still allowed.  Bought a couple cami’s, a sweater, a scarf, a frankly adorable lunch box and an overpriced plaid umbrella (I did break my umbrella last week, to be fair).

Yeah….not such a great plan, I suppose, when you say it out loud.  Hopefully it will keep me fixed for a bit though, eh?

I reeeeally want to succeed this time, maybe throw a little more cash at my special “Trip to France” savings account, which I have been working on for a couple months now and which is, frankly, PATHETIC.

at current pace, Trip to France will happen in late 2017

I think it will be smart to situate my no-buy month right before Christmas time.  Plus I am feeling a little extra hermit-y lately, so it’s not like I’ve been leaving the house much.  And also, “No-buy-vember” is such brilliant wordplay, you know, right?  I’m a genius!