Man alive what a busy past couple of months.
September and October saw me dive in to this year’s Georgia’s Governors race with a social media campaign against the candidate….that won. But I learned a lot, especially the art of spin and how to make a point in 140 characters or less (and heck, was even interviewed by the press about it.) It was a pretty interesting experience, one I am glad is over, but I made a lot of connections and got a lot of people to, well, hate me
And then November rolled around with National Novel Writing Month. As if trying to write a 50,000 word novel isn’t insane enough during a month, I set a really high goal of 200k. I ended up writing 180k. But it was all in one story. Last year I did write 185k but it was 2 stories.
This year’s NaNo was about gay teen suicide, and its nowhere near done. So I’m going to keep on working at it and do my best to write beyond November. And edit the blasted thing as well.
But as if writing wasn’t enough, I’m also a ML, a Municipal Liason, aka, local leader of NaNoWriMo. There are two of us right now for Atlanta – there was a third, but *drama* and then there were two, and there will be another third person doing it next year with me and my co-ML. Atlanta has about 1200 people doing NaNoWriMo which is just…a lot of people. I’ve got a million lessons learned this year about organizing large and spread out groups of people, motivating, encouraging, and fundraising. (Atlanta kicked some serious tail with NaNoWriMo fundraising this year, and even won a fundraising competition. Woot.) We’ve got just a couple more events left before closing the book on this year’s NaNoWriMo, mainly our TGIO parities and wrapping up the book drive, etc. etc.
But boy howdy what a hectic last couple of months, and I’m looking forward to getting back to something resembling my normal life