Saturday, November 15, 2008

Wanna see what I've been doing?

Absolute Vanilla wrote this comment on my previous post:

"Bonnie, are you okay? There seems to have been no blogging activity for a long while - or are you just very busy with NaNo? Do so hope all is well."

Then she signed off with this: "xxx"

Isn't she sweet? Here's what I say to her (and everyone else who has wondered what's happening in my life):


On September 23rd, I got an email that said, "Bookbuddybonnie, you are now an administrator for the group
United States :: Tennessee :: Chattanooga." Here's how I felt about taking on a volunteer job that takes lots of time and energy and pays nothing ... except joy, of course:


Never fear, dear Vanilla, all is well. Actually, I have been blogging like mad over on my NaNo blog for this year ... Bonnie's NaNoWriMo* 2008.

...and monitoring and writing on the forum for the Chattanooga Region of Nano, which already has 17 threads. I monitor this board because I'm the municipal liaison for my town, what you could think of as the link between the powers that be and the 78 people here. Herding writers is kind of like herding cats. Tonight we are having a 3-hour party at the home of an enthusiastic member of our group. (We've been meeting once or twice a week and two hours at a time was not enough for these folks.) According to the statistics that accompany my user name wherever it goes on the NaNoWriMo site, I have written 71 posts, so far, on our forum.

Though these two writing projects amount to many, many words, the real BIGGIE is, of course, the NaNoWriMo project itself. Today is the exact middle of the month of November (NaNo month) and before the end of the day I expect to have completed 25,000 words of the 50,000-word, rough-draft-novel goal for all Wrimos. Yay, me! You can keep up with my progress on that link to my other blog ... I have my daily goals set out there, plus how much I actually achieved each day (see it on that blog's sidebar).

Do you suppose I've done enough writing in two weeks to exempt me from posting here as well? Ah, but my friends need to know I'm doing well ... it's just that I'm not doing it here.

Sorry. I still love you all. Oh, one more thing ... two of my grandchildren got married in October and the one whose wedding was out of town had a reception here in Chattanooga a week ago. I went. (Until I wrote this for Vanilla, I hadn't realized how busy I've been!)

Love,
~~~ Bonnie

8 comments:

Chris said...

Congrats on all the big news!

Bookfool said...

Wow, you're a busy chick. Congrats on the NaNo job and I hope the writing is going well. I'm sure you noticed I ended up not joining in. I'm going to start planning for 2009, though.

Bonnie Jacobs said...

I crossed the midpoint toward the goal of writing 50K words in November, and I managed to do it right on time. Today is the 15th of 30 days, and I hit 25,021 words tonight.

Cliche or not, I'm gonna hit the sack right now.

My cliche watching comes from the man in my face-to-face writers critique group who likes to point out every cliche I write. The need to hit the sack comes from too many hours writing last night (to catch up on my word count) and not getting enough of a nap today.

"So long, farewell, auf weidersehen, adieu," as The Sound of Music children sang. Like them, I've gotta leave this party and get some sleep. Good night.

Absolute Vanilla (and Atyllah) said...

So glad all is okay! Had a sneaky feeling it was NaNo that was keeping you occupied but NaNo aside, you sound like you've been hectically busy - no wonder the other blogs have been all quiet!

Keep up the word count and good look with making that target - I'm in no doubt that you'll succeed. Yeah, go, Bonnie, go!

June said...

Congratulations 2X! I too was wondering what you were up to...glad to know it was/is all good stuff :-)

Beth said...

Bonnie...I, too, had wondered where you were, but just figured you must be juggling lots of plates (as usual). :-) I'm so glad to see you back. And, of course, I'm filled with admiration at anyone who undertakes NaNoWriMo. A bit too daunting for me...but let me say, "Go, Bonnie, go!"

colleen said...

Thanks for the check in!

Susan said...

Congrats all around, words written, group administrator, and new grandchildren-in-laws (?)

Hope all continues to go well!