This year, I made it as far as the 14th before I decided to drop out of NaNoWriMo. It’s not because I was horribly behind or ran headlong into writer’s block, or I decided I hate the story. I have four good reasons to stop at this point.
Reason #1: I am working on a submission for ARTEMIS RISING. I’m fleshing out a flash fiction piece into something longer. I don’t have the time to rewrite it and work on the NaNoWriMo project.
Reasons #2, 3, and 4: Julius, Popsicle, and Sherbert.
Aren’t they adorable excuses?
I will be bring this trio home on Wednesday. The last two weeks I’ve been spending time at their foster home to get to know them. I’ve also been involved a massive cleaning of the house, as well as kitten-proofing. I’ve been able to clean, visit the kittens, work my day job, and work for a week, but it’s not tenable for much longer.
So my plans now are to work on the ARTEMIS RISING submission, then return to working on the NaNoWriMo project. There is an off chance I will be able to complete it, so I am leaving the calendar up. More likely I will be moving at a slower pace and complete it by the end of the year. But most important, I will enjoy my new kittens. As for NaNoWriMo, there’s always next year.