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.


  1. LOVE it. I don't know what month I'm going to be able to sleep. I've been on a brain crunching write-a-thon for 13 months now. Got another book due to my publisher at the end of this month. Love to sleep through November entirely, but I have this bad feeling there will be edits. Major edits. Sigh.

    What I want most is NaNoReMo. National Novel READING month. Wouldn't that be heaven?

  2. No kidding, Anne! I would LOVE to just sit and read something that someone else wrote for no other reason than for entertainment. And then read another. And another. Chain reading. There's just always so much writing to do!!!! Which I love. Not enough time in the day, week, month, year, and life.