Friday, November 04, 2011

Absent in blogging, present in the fictional world

So it’s been a while since I’ve posted something… I’m aware. But this month may be a little scarce, since I’m participating in National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo). The goal of NaNoWriMo is to write a novel in the month of November, or at least 50K words of one. And if you register with www.nanowrimo.com, and track your word count through Google docs, you can enter the writing competition, which will select a winning novel after the month is over with cash and publication prizes in tow. I’m not officially enrolled in the competition, but I’m using this as a way to motivate myself to finish my existing novel. Through online forums and twitter (#nanowrimo is trending with vigor), I’ve found a great amount of support and camaraderie for my writing. I see it as though I’m running a marathon with several others, except I’ve already run 10 miles and I don’t have to cross the finish line at any particular time. So, while others are stressing about making their nightly word count, I can relax knowing that if I just open my word file once a day consecutively for a month, I’ll be doing more than I did last month. Of course, it would be nice to hit 50K well-written, edited words.

On top of this goal, I am eager to finish a new music review of Joe Lovano and Us Five, an amazing jazz ensemble featuring Esperanza Spalding on bass. It’s been a challenge translating my two-hours of a spellbound face into words that follow my review style, but should I find myself procrastinating from the above project, you just might see my more recent review.(http://www.joelovano.com/videos/detail/11/Us-Five)

Also on the radar is a review from the famed DJ duo Curry Smugglers, who have created the now necessary platform for up and coming artists with a South Asian influence. (www.currysmugglers.com)

BAMF creative lost their (our) first pitch which was a big let down, but we’re looking to win back the next one and blow them away with our badass ideas. The next campaign, due in January will have to completely take over.

See? I’m writing. A lot. And I have a job. Where I write more.