Song of the Day: Wanna Be Startin' Somethin' by Michael Jackson
I've done the Unthinkable. I'm an official participant of National Novel Writing Month this year. That's right, come November, I will no longer have a life. I was doing some blog reading last night and came across the "NaNoWriMo" badge. I figured I would see what it was all about. It's actually pretty cool. I keep dragging my feet on my novel, so I figured I might as well give NaNoWriMo a whirl right? The cool thing about NaNoWriMo is that once you sign up, you are registered as an official participant, and you can join regions. You can join any amount of regions you want. Once you do that, you are asked to pick one as your "home region." Since I'm in Tampa, I'm a part of the Tampa Region, but I also joined the Orlando Region since that's my hometown, and the St. Petersburg region since it's close by. Each region has a leader and that person organizes "write-ins", events, etc. I love the idea of the write-in, because not only will you get to meet other writers in your area, but it gives you reassurance that you're not alone. There is also an introduction event scheduled where writers participating in a given region will be able to meet each other. I'm actually getting rather excited. I know that once the writing begins, I'll probably want to slap myself, but I'm sure the end result will be worth it. So, who's with me?
Welcome! Racquel Henry is a Trinidadian writer who resides in Orlando, FL. She earned an MFA in Creative Writing from Fairleigh Dickinson University. Racquel is a part-time English professor, the founder of the writing center, Writer's Atelier and is also the co-founder and co-editor of Black Fox Literary Magazine.