Friday, March 13, 2015

Camp NaNoWriMo!

If you've never heard of it before, NaNoWriMo is National Novel Writing Month (, and it is held every November. Writers actually try to complete a short novel (50,000 words) during that one month - crazy! I've been wanting to do it ever since I learned about NaNoWriMo a couple of years ago, but I've always been scared by that level of commitment. And even though this year I have a full time job PLUS two part time jobs (teaching at Interface and our own North Omaha Chess Academy, NOCA), I'm going to do it! Don't ask me how, I have no idea. But I'm going to try!

During April NaNoWriMo sponsors Camp NaNoWriMo ( - an online, virtual writing camp in which you can set your own writing goals as a warm up for the real NaNoWriMo. Melanie and I have been talking about how to expand our reach with NOCA, and what we've come up with is a Blue's Clues-style young kids web show about chess. The working title is Chess Mess Jess, and features a cat named Jess that always makes a mess of the chess board whenever someone says chess too loudly, since she thinks she's being called. The general format will be very much like Blue's Clues, with an host that talks directly to the children at home. Each webisode will be 5 or 10 minutes, we haven't decided on that yet. During the April Camp NoNoWriMo I'll be working on the first few episode script as my goal.

As for NaNoWriMo in November, I've been sketching out my novel project (but no writing!) - it will be a science fiction novel called Blacklight. The very short summary is this:

Young physicist and astronomer Doña Marina has always been obsessed with Sagittarius A*, being a Sagittarius herself. Her groundbreaking, creative study and theories of the elusive supermassive black hole thought to be at the heart of Sagittarius A* has brought her both fame and controversy, but the free-spirited maverick doesn't care for either. She just wants to crack the mystery of what lies at the center of our Milky Way galaxy. But what she discovers will change the world forever - if anyone ever finds out.
 Anyway, all of that could change when November gets here!

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