I have abandoned my NaNoWriMo novel after only writing 4,717 words. I decided to abandon it when I was able to sit down a couple of days ago with that word count and realized that by then I needed about 35,000 words. I knew that it was going to be impossible to finish even close to it, especially when I had other things – especially preparing for my LCP term and recruitment – that I could be worrying about. So my crappy first few thousand words will lie fallow for some time. I do not anticipate being able to write like that again until after I graduate in May 2009.
In the meantime, life finds new beauty in many ways. One of them is found through Beirut, and especially the videos and magickal sonic art at this website for the new album. Conquer the non-artisans, Zach Condon, and create a world of unrealistically good culture generators.
I have purchased harmonicas to learn how to play them, which would make them the first non-gigantic portable instrument I have ever played. Wish me luck on being able to finish at least that much. Feed a foreigner this Thanksgiving.