November: A Month of Acronyms


These are the three acronyms that I’ll be working on this month.

NaNoWriMo stands for National Novel Writing Month. It’s an international event that challenges participants to write a 50000 word novel in one month. This will be my fourth attempt. I hope it will be my fourth win as well. I only have to write 1667 words every day to accomplish this goal. It’s lofy, but do-able.

Through NaNoWriMo I discovered the writer in me. I’ve always felt there was a story in me. Now I know that there is. I take great satisfaction in having those stories now written out (though maybe only in draft form) where others can enjoy them.

This year’s effort is a side-plot of my Herongarde series. It’s a love story that I’ve summarized like this:

A dancer, disowned by his family. A swordsman, grizzled and worn. 
A chance meeting. A war. A love.


NaBloPoMo stands for National Blog Posting Month. This goes on year-round, and I’ve been a participant most months for the last two years. The challenge is to write a blog post every day. Since I’ve been blogging nearly every day for the last two years, this is more of a formality for me. But it’s nice to have the accountability.

I tend not to count words written in my blog toward my NaNoWriMo goal, which means this is an extra 300 to 500 words per day that I need to write. This month, a lot of my posts will be in reference to the last acronym for November.


AEDM is for Art Every Day Month. I’m trying this for the first time this year.

One could argue (and it’s within the rules) that writing is a sufficient art to count, so as long as I reach my NaNoWriMo goal everyday, I’m also accomplishing my AED goal every day.

But I want to do a bit more than that.

I’m going to attempt to draw at least some silly sketch daily, or work on a costuming project, in addition to my usual writing load. So you can expect blog posts about the medieval quiver I’m making for archery. You can also expect the occasional drawing like these:

A sketch I drew one day in our department's weekly seminar.
A sketch I drew one day in our department’s weekly seminar.
Drawn in Adobe Illustrator. Totally how I felt on that particular day.
Drawn in Adobe Illustrator. Totally how I felt on that particular day.

Hopefully, this month doesn’t prove to be overwhelming. November is always a rough time of year, what with the start of the holiday season in addition to the onset of winter and the peaking chaos toward the end of the semester.

But good things will happen. I promise!


  1. Tammy Vitale says:

    welcome to AEDM – and thanks for the info on blogging daily – I didn’t know that one. I used to blog daily (when I started I kept up with 2 daily for about 2 years), but no more. I do like the challenge of aedm!


  2. Anita Mistry says:

    WOW you are going to be very busy. I look forward to seeing your sketches or updates on your costumes. Thank you for visiting my blog yesterday Anita (I hope you get to find some art in your area).


  3. Snoskred says:

    Hey there, I found you via the NaBloPoMo blogroll.

    I love your Melon-Collie. That is super cute!

    As part of NaBloPoMo I try to comment on as many participating blogs as I can, and I add participating blogs to my feed reader.

    So I’m just dropping by to let you know I’ve added your blog to my feedreader, I’m reading you loud and clear, I have a link up going at my place so my readers can find participating blogs which you are more than welcome to add your blog link to.

    Looking forward to seeing your posts, and you’ll likely see me drop by again during November.

    Happy NaBloPoMo to you!


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