My Other Marathon

Besides the marathon I’ll be running in March 21, I’ve signed up for another one of sorts as well. This one starts in just three-and-a-half hours. It’s called National Novel Writing Month, or NaNoWriMo for short.

I’m not really sure which is the greater challenge … to build up to the point of running more than 26 miles, or to write a 50 kiloword first draft in 30 days. Well, actually, it’s got to be the latter. This will require a heck of a lot of discipline, every day or almost every day for the entire month. After work, writing will be my top priority. Fortunately, I’ve prepared myself a bit and feel (more or less) ready and definitely eager to take it on.

Inspirations I’m working with: The myths of Atlantis and Icarus, a setting in Mallorca and Barcelona, and the exciting possibilities of space and time.

5 thoughts on “My Other Marathon

  1. YES!! Go, Jon, Go !! You can do it, I believe in you (and myself). *Sends legions of plotideas your way*

    I’ve officially gone mad, I’m going to attempt two novels. One of them 50K, don’t know yet how long the other will be. I hadn’t planned this at all, but somebody decided to write about a period in Dutch history I’m specialized in. She doesn’t read Dutch (let alone 16th century Dutch), I offered to help her with research and while I was researching this great big plotbunny came hoping into my room and it refuses to go away. The first novel is based on a Flemish legend, the second is about the siege of Haarlem.

    Happy writing!

  2. Frimmin’ hopping plotbunnies! LOL!

    That sounds wonderful, Margreet. I had a good day today, about 3100 words.

  3. this really has nothing to do with your marathon post; i am just pressed for time right now with a 2 yo running around and a sick 7 yo home from school so i can’t dig for your email.

    but i wanted to tell you (1) thanks for your encouragement on ryan’s site about reading eckhart tolle (or not reading it); (2) thanks for taking time to read and leave a comment on my blog; and (3) we talked (for about 10 minutes) about moving to your hood and starting a church. then we realized we don’t know anyone in that area and plus we don’t really know if we want to start another church. :) but from what we could tell your neighborhood looks awesome!

    have a great day!

  4. I found your site researching Christian Mysticism for my theo studies AND I LOVE IT!
    I have always had problems with my experience of God and the church’s presentation of Him,- great to see an informed, scriptually resourced argument against traditional sometimes life destroying doctrine. As an artist and writer I try to describe the nature (no pun intended) of God through his creation, Celtic Christianity does this without thinking,
    So i too love St Patricks’s Breastplate Prayer. Thank you for your creativity.

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