Last updated on April 12th, 2017
Somewhat improbably, I’ve decided to devote a big chunk of my leisure time this month to writing a mystery. Yes, I am participating in the mass writing event known as National Novel Writing Month — NaNoWriMo for short. And yes, “leisure time” also happens to be the time I use to update this blog.
This is the second time I’ve participated. Back in 2007, I did it along with several university colleagues, and managed to write the required 50,000 words plus of original fiction in 30 days.
That’s 1,667 words per day. It’s a couple of good-sized blog posts, every day for a month. The only way I managed it then was by seriously stretching the meaning of “original.” This year, even that may not be enough. I may also have to stretch the meaning of “word.”
If I’d planned better (or even at all), I could have combined my novel-writing with my blogging in an almost seamless fashion. For instance, if I had made my hero a low-carb blogger, I could have devoted a couple days a week to writing blog entries as part of the novel, and then copied and pasted them into Life After Carbs. Of course, interrupting a hard-driving, emotionally charged narrative for a mini-essay on preparing low-carb pizza would be a move most seasoned novelists would reject. But luckily I am not a seasoned novelist. Also, NaNoWriMo is about writing the first draft of a novel and you can pretty much stick any junk in a first draft. You should see the first drafts of my blog posts! (Come to think of it, you have seen the first drafts of some. Sorry.)
But I did not make my hero a low-carb blogger. I wanted to stretch my imagination a bit, and first draft or not, it seemed like cheating. In the end, I may cheat, but I hate to start out cheating.
I have written 6,691 words in five days, putting me solidly behind the pace. At that rate, I won’t finish until December 14.
So far, none of the 6,691 words are “low,” “carb” or “fat.”
To improve my odds, I plan to limit my November low-carb blogging to just Sundays. However, I will continue my low-carbing eating all seven days of the week.
On the weight-loss front, I have more good results to report. This week, I lost another pound. Even better, I went clothes shopping on Friday, and found my best fit in corduroy slacks to be size 38 waist, 32 inseam. The size 40-32 cords were too big all over.
Admittedly, these cords have a stretchy waist-band. Still, it’s the first time I have fit into any sort of 38 waist-size pants in 25 years.