Sunday, October 14, 2012


No, I haven't developed a new language. I've been inspired by National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) to come up with my own theme for November:  Brea Nap Taking Month (BreNaTaMo). I'm not expecting it to catch on like NaNoWriMo has, but that's okay. The concept is simple:  I vow to take a nap every single day in the month of November.

I know... that's a huge commitment to sleep, but I think I'm up to the challenge. As a matter of fact, I've been training for this my whole life. I like sleep almost as much as I love writing. Plus, isn't napping mostly a matter of forcing oneself to lie down on the couch, bed, or in the car? Body in bed. No excuses. There will be no, "But I have to pick up the kids from school," or "Dinner's not going to make itself." What are my priorities? In November, those priorities will be sleep first, everything else after that. BreNaTaMo is important!!! It will be up to me to balance out the sleep continuum; I'll be keeping the universe in balance by getting the z's those NaNoWriMo writers will be eschewing in the pursuit of their goal to put 50,000 words together in some semblance of a rough first draft of a novel in the month of November. It's a lofty goal. I'll be cheering them on.

Does that mean I won't be writing in November? No way. That'd be like asking me to stop breathing. I'll still be writing as much as I do every month. I fully intend to finish my latest work-in-progress in November so I can edit and revise in December and publish in time for Christmas.

So, while I'm not formally participating in NaNoWriMo I will be wholeheartedly participating in BreNaTaMo. Wish me luck! And if you know a writer who's taking part in NaNoWriMo, please wish them luck, too.