It's that time of the year again.

I'll be writing a novel in November. Somehow.

I've joined a few hundred thousand other people participating in National Novel Writing Month. Starting November 1st, we all try to write 50,000 words in one month. Last year, I was able to pull this off, but then, Nola was napping a good 3-4 hours each day. And we weren't spending a week in Texas for Thanksgiving. And we weren't closing on a house.

So, in order to get this done, I have to write two thousand words a day, November 1st through the 21st. Two thousand words a day. It should be interesting -- it most definitely will be sloppy -- but I think it can be done. And then, added to what I completed last year, I will have the first draft of my novel done. I'm so excited!

Here's a quote that really inspires me around mid-November, when the house is getting filthy and I'm about ready to tear my hear out:

It costs a lot to be authentic… And one can’t be stingy with these things. Because you are more authentic the more you resemble what you’ve dreamed of being.
--Pedro Almodovar’s “All About My Mother”