If you were not aware, November is NaNoWriMo - National Novel Writing Month. For NaNoWriMo people try to write a 50,000 word novel (novella). I participated in NaNoWriMo last year, and it was actually a very interesting experience. My novel was crap... but that goes without saying among NaNoWriMo veterans. It's not about quality, it's about quantity. It's about silencing the inner critic and writing writing writing until you can't write anymore and then looking back and seeing that some of it wasn't half bad. One of the mottos of NaNoWriMo is "December is for Editing"; don't delete the crappy paragraph you just wrote, and just stare at your blank page until the perfect words fall into place... keep writing and you might write something really good. And there are parts of my novel that were really good... well, maybe not *really* good, but good enough to make me glad I wrote them, and a few were funny enough to make J. laugh. (Although she does humor me quite a bit so....)
One thing I was particularly proud of in my novel was that my characters actually went to the bathroom. In the entire 7 book / 7 year Harry Potter series there are multiple bathroom scenes, fighting a troll, mixing a spell, solving a riddle, and a fight between students. But only once (that I remember) does a character (never thought I'd quote Senator Craig in my blog) "go to the bathroom, to use the bathroom for bathroom's sake." Which in my mind is totally unrealistic. So the protagonist in my novel did and I think that made her a more developed and realistic character.
I digress. In my recent blogstalking I discovered that November is not just NaNoWriMo, it's also National Sweater Knitting Month (knit a 50,000 stitch sweater), National Make Art Month (create a work of art every day), and National Blog Writing Month (write a blog entry every day). I thought about doing NaNoWriMo again, but I'm pretty sure I only ever had one crappy novel in me. So I thought about doing one of the others, but nothing inspired me. And now it's the second day of November - so any of the 'every day for a month' goals are out of the question. But I'd still like to achieve a meaningless goal this month. So I ask you, gentle reader, what "do something for a month" month would you participate in?