Of Promises and Gauntlets

My good friend Aaron has done it again.  If you don’t know what I’m talking about, please go back a day and read his previous post.  That should clue you in to what I mean.

What?  You still don’t know?  I’m being overly obscure?  Even Aaron doesn’t know what I’m talking about?

Honestly people, I thought you had all learned to read minds by now.

But you are correct.  I am being a bit unclear.  Perhaps it is just my own paranoid, ego-centric self seeing things that aren’t there, but I could have sworn that Aaron was challenging me to another Nanowrimo.

Even Terry is getting into the act.  I heard him clearly say that he had successfully completed the last four Nano’s.  Doesn’t that naturally mean that he’s asking what I’ve managed to do?

Huh, doesn’t it?

Maybe it’s just that I’m so darn happy to be ramping up for November that I’m starting to see challenges that aren’t really there.  After all, last year was the most fun I’ve had writing in my ENTIRE adult life.  It was also the time when I proved to myself that I could reasonably expect to write a complete book in a single month.

What you have probably learned by now is I thrive on challenges.  Maybe that’s what I’ve been missing.  The summer was pretty relaxing.  I didn’t get half the things done that I wanted to do.  Still, I’m not complaining.  I really needed the downtime.  Now it is time to get back down to it.

I’ve even begun to plot out the story for Nano.  Last year, I wrote a book I titled “Mik Murdoch, Boy Superhero”.  Naturally, it is a book about a boy who wants to get super-powers just like the heroes in the comic books.  It is a story that I’ve wanted to write since I was twelve, but I never could quite get it right.

The pressure of Nano ensured that it would get finished.  Surprisingly, I was very happy with the results.  Even more surprising, the few kids who have read it love the story and have asked for more.  Almost sounds like I might have a saleable book here.

Now is the time to continue the great adventure.

I already know that time will be tight this year.  With a new job, holidays don’t exist yet.  Somehow, I’ll prevail.  And when it’s done, I’ll have another book under my belt.  Maybe even one that will see the inside of a bookstore (and not a Staples special tucked under my shirt like last time, either).

I’m joking, of course, about the Staples special.  I actually self-published a copy of last year’s book so I would have it in my hands.  It was an amazing thing to have; I would highly recommend it to anyone.

(cracks knuckles)… so Mr. Kite… whether you and Terry intended to make this a challenge, I eagerly accept.  Shall we say a pint to make it interesting?  That only leaves Stacey and Sean… are you two up to it?


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