Ironically, sane people anticipate October 31st so they can dress themselves up in craziness.  For one night, they can be anyone they want to be.  Which is why last year I transformed myself into Katniss Everdeen, the Girl on Fire (and, as a loyal member of Team Peeta, I somehow convinced my husband to don a flour-streaked apron).

However, crazy people (i.e. writers) await the night of October 31st for a different reason: At midnight, the madness really begins.  Each November, nearly 200,000 writers from across the globe gather together in their pledge to start and finish a full-length novel in 30 days.  NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month) becomes the inspiring (and exhausting) challenge for writers to take their novel off the back burner of their mind and put it on the forefront of their fingertips.  Apparently, last Halloween I was more concerned with my novel-themed costume than my career in novels.  This year, however, I’m accepting the challenge to write 50,000 words by 11:59pm on November 30.  Can a new mother with a four-month-old daughter at home complete the task?  It will be an interesting, sleep-deprived journey — one filled with a move across town, a trip across the country to visit relatives, and the drowsiest holiday of the year.  Lord help me.

I ask for your help, too.  I plan to periodically post excerpts from this upcoming novel.  Your support and feedback will be more refreshing than a full night’s sleep.

Bon voyage!

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