Monthly Archives: October 2001

A Crazy Thing

I did a crazy thing yesterday. I joined with thousands of other would-be novelists and signed up for NaNoWriMo. NaNoWriMo, for the unititiated, is actually an abbreviation for Nation Novel Writing Month and it’s basically a fiendish writing plot first launched by a guy in Oakland named Chris Baty way back in 1999. Since then participation has grown by leaps and bounds and this year somewhere around 5,000 people are taking the marathon writing plunge.

That means that starting Thursday I’m going to attempt to write a 50,000 word novel in 30 days. That means roughly 1700 words a day. Guess I’d better come up with some characters and a plot in the next couple days


Yesterday afternoon Mary and I caught a showing of Bandits at the downtown AMC theater. Bruce Willis, Billy Bob Thornton, and Cate Blanchet were quite funny and there were plenty of twists and turns to keep things interesting.

On a cool trailer-viewing note I saw the new Fellowship Of The Ring trailer for the first time yesterday as well. Very impressive. Between the cinemotography, the cgi, and the quality actors I think we’ve got a serious blockbuster on our hands. I am so looking forward to this movie.

Of course in the meantime with at least two or three movies out there (K-Pax, Corky Romano, Riding In Cars With Boys) that I’d still like to see and a couple more opening Friday (Monsters Inc., The One), I think we’re going to have our hands full for a while. And considering Harry Potter’s only a couple weeks away it looks like this November/December could be some of the most exciting movie going months ever.