I am convinced that the (lovely, brilliant) people who conceived NaNoWriMo were not parents of small children. Because any parent of small children knows that November 1st – the day after Halloween – is an inauspicious day to embark on any grand enterprise.

Surely, were they parents of small children, they would know that one’s toddler, coming off a sugar high like a junkie comes off smack, will spend the day growling and spitting and writhing and refusing to eat anything that is not wrapped in cellophane. Certainly, had they young children, they would have understood that one’s spouse would have to pay for coming home a few hours early on Halloween by staying late every day for the rest of the week and working on Saturday. Of course, if they were parents, they would understand that the best you can hope for on the day after Halloween is to scout around your house for unwrapped, once-licked lollipops before the ants find them for you.

I wrote an 1800-word synopsis today. Does that count? Please tell me it counts.

6 comments to “The No in NaNo”

  1. Sara Dennis
    · November 2nd, 2006 at 9:27 am · Link

    It counts, never fear. It counts.

  2. Alice Audrey
    · November 2nd, 2006 at 10:49 am · Link

    It counts double. Synopsis are hard.

  3. Lynne Simpson
    · November 2nd, 2006 at 11:18 am · Link

    Absolutely, Eve! I agree with Alice — it counts at least double. 🙂

  4. Tessa Dare
    · November 2nd, 2006 at 11:24 am · Link

    Oh, thank you, all three of you.

    In that event, I am happy to report that I am exactly on-track with NaNoWriMo. On to day 2!

  5. Santa
    · November 2nd, 2006 at 3:56 pm · Link

    Every little word you write counts and to have found 1800 for a synopsis is fantastic!

  6. LdyBlkny
    · November 12th, 2006 at 12:09 am · Link

    It’s okay, Tessa. I’m theorizing that the NaNo people weren’t grad students working on research projects either. Well, at least, that’s my story–and I’m sticking to it!

    And heck yeah, the synopsis counts! 🙂