Starting in roughly a week from now is NaNoWriMo, National Novel Writing Month. For those of you that have never heard of it before, National Novel Writing Month occurs during the month of November and the goal of it is to produce a 50,000 word novel by the end of the month. Mind you, nobody said it had to be a good novel; in fact, the goal is to put quantity over quality. My wife and I will be participating this year, may God have mercy on our souls. For more information on NaNoWriMo, click here. I view this as an opportunity to come up with a really good first draft on a novel. A few years ago I attempted to write a novel that I characterized at time as “The Jackalope’s lust for glory,” (paraphrasing Eric Idle) but I have to admit it ended up being a horribly derivative knockoff of Neil Gaiman’s American Gods, substituting the old and new gods with figures from American folklore, like Pecos Bill, Mothman and the Nain Rouge. I hope to do better this time around. Wish us luck.