Tuuuurn and face the strange, ch-ch-changes!

Phew! Been a few days since my last blog and I've been crazy busy with some serious changes to my life, Halloween, and NaNoWriMo prep.

First, an update.

In my last blog post, I had some vague things to say about potential life changes. Allow me to lift the shroud. I've decided to quit my job.

I've been at that job for over nine years and, especially lately, it has been a source of great amounts of stress. I don't want to get into the specifics of the job (for my former employer's sake and mine), but suffice it to say that the parting was amicable and that I believe it is, absolutely, the right decision to make.

This means, of course, that I'm now unemployed. I've started to look into another job, building my resume, etc etc, but I have decided I am going to take the entire month of November to focus on my writing first. No time like the present and I'm comfortable enough financially to be able to swing it.

Which brings me to NaNoWriMo.

National Novel Writing Month, for those who don't know what it is, is a challenge for writer's to write 50,000 words in 30 days (Nov 1 - 30). That works out to around 1,667 words a day.

I've never officially participated, so this will be my first year. I had two ideas outlined, but I've decided to go with the first draft of my manuscript. The goal is to have draft 2 finished by Nov 30th. Tonight, November 1st, I'm meeting up with my writing group to do a NaNo launch sprint. Tomorrow, Thursday, I'm meeting with them again for another sprint, which will repeat every Thursday.

Are you planning on participating? If so, did you outline anything beforehand? How are you keeping track of your word counts? Let me know.

P.S. No Stranger Things 2 spoilers, please. Slowly working my way through it!

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