Joy Renee of Joystory came up with this one. Now that she's gotten it out of her system, she says, she'll be able to continue her forays into fiction. NaNoWriMo, for those of you who have never heard of it, stands for National Novel Writing Month. November is the month when thousands and thousands of folks struggle daily with word count because they are attempting to write 50,000 words before November 30th. Those 50,000 words will be the first draft of a novel. Yes, really. They're mad, aren't they? Umm, and I've done it twice, in 2007 and 2008, succeeding both times in passing the goal before the end of the month. Last year, however, I got sick on December 4th, mere days past the deadline. The illness turned out to be congestive heart failure, so I decided not to pressure myself this year.