Hello folks. The tech issues have been resolved and my internet is back up and running, albeit slower than molasses running uphill in February.

Today I’m going to be talking about Nanowrimo. Nope, I am not speaking of a hybrid between nanobots and small fluffy animals indigenous to the norther Tibetan mountains. Nanowrimo is also known as National Novel Writing Month. It is a challenge for those who are not faint at heart. One month, 50,000 words, and a heck of a lot of caffeine. the 50k can be a complete novel or part of a novel and is approximately 175 double spaced pages which is = about 175 pages in a real book.

It sounds easy enough, right? It is, logistically its only 1666 words a day. But then factor in characters, plot, and all kinds of other issues and things can get ugly real quick. That’s half the fun of it though. The idea is to get a rough draft churned out and then worry about making it clad in adamantamium later in other drafts. Whether you are working on a novel, want to write one or some other third thing this is for you if you want to make some progress.

Normally Nanowrimo is in November but there has been a startling turn in events.  The Office of Letter and Light (the nonfor profit that runs Nanowrimo) is plotting a summer time version of the challenge called Camp Nanowrimo. The sister site isnt up and running yet, but from what I’ve learned its scheduled to begin the 1st of july with the site up and running a few weeks before hand.

for more information grab your great dane and head on over to to do some meddling. (there are tons of gear, free tools, and other doohickeys to help you on your quest)

I hope you will decide to join the ranks of the legions of Nanoers this summer and November. No quarter will be given, no mercy! Blood and vinegar! Onwards to victory and a a first manuscript!!!! Freedom! *throws sword into air*


About Michael Barnett

I’ll say it up front: I’m probably the most eccentric person you will ever meet. Currently, I’m a student at UCONN double majoring in geology and creative writing. I love long distance biking. Oh yeah and I collect hobbies like your average ten year old collects trading cards. Let me see if i can say this all in one breath. ready, set, go. I write novels, I’m a self taught bladesmith (blacksmith that specializes in making knives and swords), I brew alcohol (but don’t drink it), I fish, I hunt, I’m long distance biker, I quad, I hike, and I will be learning the martial arts of krav maga and kendo starting in a few months. Whew! That about sums it up i think. Interested in what i do? Follow the blog!
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