Nate's Thoughts


A poet who reads his verse in public may have other unclean habits —Robert A. Heinlein

After eleven years, there's no way I'm missing NaNoWriMo this year. I've finished NaNoWriMo the year my daughter was born mid-November. I did NaNoWriMo the year I was in the worst class I've ever had (Financial Accounting was more or less a part-time job), and I did NaNoWriMo last year, when I was taking some other accounting class. Not sure why my MBA program put the accounting classes in November.

The point is that if I did it then I can do it now.

I'm just not sure what I'm going to write this year. But that's okay. I've got 20ish days to figure it out.

But I have made the decision that, whatever I write, I'm going to write it on a blog on this site, and publish it in more or less real time.

I'm doing this with no small amount of trepidation. Partially because I just misspelled the word “trepidation” four times. My NaNoWriMo novels usually have some days where I write almost nothing. (For some reason this is usually a solid week around November 8th.) They have days where I fall asleep mid-writing session, and I write garbled garbage. I'm used to this nonsense, but I've always kept it behind closed doors, as it were.

But I recently realized that I've got these characters in my head, these “people” that I think about all the time, and not even my wife knows anything about them. And that seems silly. Maybe someday I'll make some real money writing, maybe I won't, but it still seems silly to keep everything tied up in Scrivener files that nobody else will ever see.

So, even though I'm not sure which project I'm going to pursue this year, I'm announcing that it'll be out on the web. This way I can't chicken out (as easily) and just go back to hiding. I'm kinda excited! This'll be fun.

If you want to do the same I'll happily give you an account here on Let me know!

Thanks for reading this. You're a good friend.