Wednesday, August 1, 2012

A Novella in Thirty-One Days

November is NaNoWriMo, the month where people vow to sit down at their computers and type a 50,000 word novel in 30 days. I attempted it one year, getting about half-way through a novel called The Saints before I abandoned it. The next year I did not even attempt it. This year remains to be seen, considering that in previous years I had the luxury of unemployment to ensure I had ample time to write.

August is just another month as far as writing is concerned. I have decided, however, to devote this month to a creative exercise. Less ambitious than NaNoWriMo, but with an equally dismal emphasis on quality, I am aiming to write a novella in thirty-one days. Specifically, a 31,000 word novella, which requires that I write at least 1000 words every day for thirty-one days.

What will come of this? Well, my chief aim is to have something that I can call a completed work that belongs to me. Whether or not it's any good is not my primary concern, once it's finished I can always work on molding it later. Naturally, I am going to try to make it coherent and try to make it something that I can be proud of, but this is all secondary for the month. I am not a professional author, so I get to approach the whole thing with the enthusiasm of a hobbyist.

What results from it, I am eager to see.

So what will my blog consist of during these thirty-one days? Chapters? Nope, I don't plan to post the novella on my blog at this time. Instead, I want to try to use the month to focus on aesthetics, entertainment, art, and literature. In other words, less epistemology and ethics, more aesthetics, preferences, and examinations. Sprinkled throughout will be anything I happen to notice during my effort to produce something written and complete.

Of course, I'm sure I'll work the epistemology and ethics in there somehow.

EDIT: This did not come to fruition, but it did help me clear out my head.


  1. i saw your comments on the website of that christian woman obessed with the NWO/freemason/illumati, did you think you talkedany sense in to her?

  2. Not likely.

    Conspiracy theories are hard to argue against because their main flaw is that there's rarely any good evidence to believe in them or characterize them in the first place. So, surface level criticisms like the ones I posted aren't really that effective.

    Basically, the difference between someone who believes in vast, underground conspiracy networks and the people who don't, is the amount of evidence needed before they believe in something. Unless we conduct the discussion on that fundamental level, no one is really going to change their minds, but once you reach a level that fundamental you are mostly going to be having a battle of value judgments, which don't go anywhere anyway.

  3. thats the type of people that scare me.....but how did u come apon that website, i found it though a website called rapture prizes on guessing what that site is about.....

  4. Same site. I used to go on it a lot when I was a kid, now I just browse it on occasion.

  5. well the sheer fact that so many people believe what they do just scares me.....

  6. It's the complete lack of doubt that is remarkable to me. Even when I was a Christian, I understood that there was a difference between obvious statements and Christian statements. That is what is jarring to me when I go onto those kind of sites: there is almost no awareness that the world may not be as they think it is.