Friday, June 28, 2019

I Hereby Propose Summertime as the New NaNoWriMo by C. Kevin Thompson

C. Kevin Thompson
Those who created NaNoWriMo, the National Novel Writing Month, are evil miscreants. They must not be favorable of anything American, like football, Thanksgiving, fall, or people who have birthdays or weddings in November. The only month more horrible in its choosing for such an endeavor is December, for obvious reasons.

That is why I hereby propose summertime to be the new, official NaNoWriMo.

Why do I proclaim it is anti-American? Take football, for example. Although baseball has been touted as “America’s pastime,” those days are long past. Empty seats at baseball stadiums, declining TV ratings, and long, tedious 162-game seasons are all reasons why baseball has fallen from its lofty perch. Football reigns supreme now. It has been thus for years now. And college football, with its playoff system, has reached stratosphere levels in fandom across the landscape of our country.

Or considereth Thanksgiving. It is hard to assemble the family, prepareth a meal, eat, sleep, eat once more, watcheth football, sleep, and eat once again if you are cooped up in your office trying to pound out 60,000 words or more by the end of your days.

Or considereth the season of fall. Crisp weather. Leaves changing. A hint of winter on the horizon. It is beautiful! You can worketh, playeth, hiketh, biketh, runneth, walketh, or paradeth about wherever you want outside without having to carry a barrel of water around to replenish all fluids you have lost because of excessive perspiration. Summer is for indoor activities.

As for the birthday and wedding anniversaries, I understandeth that is more of a preference than a real concern. However, when you couple it with Thanksgiving, and Black Friday, and Cyber Monday, and Veteran’s Day, and the last days of November, which are really the beginning of the Christmas season (unless you are a Hallmark fan, then that season starts in July these days), it leaves to the imagination to comprehend why November is a poor choice. We must choose wisely.

The point is, summertime worketh the best. You can starteth early in the south, right after the children get out of school and be done by the Fourth day of July. Or, for the northerners, you can wait until after the Fourth and be finished, with plenty of time to vacation at Disney World, where you can carry around your barrel of water in August and lament about the sweltering heat.


Do you hear that?

That cacophony of voices…

People shouting at their computers, wanting my head on a platter?

“How dare he name the creators of NaNoWriMo miscreants?”

“How dare he even challenge the great wisdom of having ordaineth November as the month of all seasons for writers to channel their powers or ingenuity?”

“Off with his head!”


Okay, so maybe I went a little overboard with the whole proposal, but I hope you see that it really doesn’t matter when you write. It really doesn’t matter when you start and stop. It really doesn’t matter if it goes over the sacred “thirty days.” The real point is—and I believe the NaNoWriMo folks had this in mind when they set everything up—you need to write, you need to complete what you started, and your goal needs to be reasonable.

If declaring a specific time wherein you make it known from your housetop to all who will listen that this swath of the time you are claiming, whenever it is during your busy life, is “hallowed ground,” then so be it. So let it be written. So let it be done. Whether it be November or July, February or June, makes no difference.

What does matter is if you are writing…if you are writing with reachable goals…and if you are writing with the ultimate goal of completing what you begin as one of those goals.

So, I hope you caught my drift today. I don’t know anybody from NaNoWriMo. And I know they are not truly miscreants. I just thought I’d get your attention so I could make my point (and I do believe the summer is the best time, by the way…for me, that is).

“Many wish to begin the quest of a project of great length. But alas, they do not contain the wherewithal to finish that which they have begun.”

So, which span of days shall prove to be your best? Shall prove that you are as much of a finisher as you are a beginner?

For me, it will always be Summertime! Summertime! Summertime!

“Many wish to begin the quest of a project of great length. But alas, they do not contain the wherewithal to finish that which they have begun.”
#seriouslywrite #encouragementforwriters via @CKevinThompson

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When he got married, Supervisory Special Agent Blake Meyer worried that shielding his family from his past would prove to be formidable. Now, as precious time ticks away, Blake finds himself flying over the ocean at twenty thousand feet, searching for his family, and watching helplessly as his greatest fear wraps its tentacles around his past, present, and future, inextricably weaving them into a deadly game of vengeance.

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C. KEVIN THOMPSON is a husband, a father, a grandfather, and a kid at heart. Often referred to as “crazy” by his grandchildren, it’s only because he is. He’s a writer. Need he say more?

The first four books of his Blake Meyer Thriller series are out! Book 1, 30 Days Hath Revenge, Book 2, Triple Time, Book 3, The Tide of Times, and Book 4, When the Clock Strikes Fourteen, are now available!! Also, the second edition of his award-winning debut novel, The Serpent’s Grasp, is also now available!

Kevin is a huge fan of the TV series 24, The Blacklist, Blue Bloods, NCIS, Criminal Minds, BBC shows Broadchurch, Shetland, Hinterland, and Wallander, loves anything to do with Star Trek, and is a Sherlock Holmes fanatic, too. But you will never catch him wearing a deerstalker. Ever.

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