Although I wasn’t a big fan, I have seen the late 1970s sitcom Mork & Mindy a few times and I do like rainbow suspenders. On a clown.

In case you are too young to remember the show, or were never allowed to watch reruns on Nick at Night, here’s a brief overview: Mork, played by Robin Williams, is a martian from the planet Ork. He wears quirky clothes, lives with a girl named Mindy, and his favorite greeting is “Na Nu, Na Nu!”

There. Now you’re all caught up.

I’m not bringing this up because I need a new pair of rainbow suspenders. 

This November, I might be participating in National Novel Writing Month, or NaNo for short. (For full disclosure, I’ve also seen it called NaNoWriMo, but that just seems overly complicated, don’t you think?)

I can’t believe I’m admitting this in print. But then, it is the internet, so if I change my mind and you call me out, I can always claim it was spam.

I’ve given you the rundown on Na Nu. But what is NaNo?  The “rules” are simple and can be found here. (In case you want to join me!)

Basically, participants write 50,000 words between Nov. 1 and Nov. 30. About 1667 words per day. (yes, I had to use a calculator. what of it? I’ll bet you can’t diagram a sentence as fast as I can)

I think this sounds like a super fun way to spend November! If Mork were here, he might have the following questions:

But what will you write about?

Easy! I’ve had an idea and an outline for a novel sitting on the edge of my desk at home for about 3 years now. Hint: it’s not about Martians. Every once in a while John will gently suggest that I should actually write the book and stop talking about it. Sometimes, if he really wants to light a fire under me, he’ll suggest that HE might write the book instead.

How on earth will you write that many words in only 30 days?

I write way more than 1667 words each day already–at work, on this blog, in Gchat conversations–so it’s really not as big of a deal as it sounds. And the NaNo website makes it very clear that quantity trumps quality in this game. I mean, eventually I’d need to go back and make substantive edits, but just getting the story down is the point.

Who will feed your family and do your laundry while you spend your every waking moment writing a novel during the month of November?

Again, I’ve got this all figured out. Just fill out the form below to sign up for a day and time to bring dinner to our house and do some light housecleaning. I will repay you by dedicating the book to you when it’s published. I swear.


Completely Fake Form That I Wish Was Real


Date you wish to help the Nolls:

Please choose one of the following:

___ I agree to do 25 loads of stinky, sweaty little boy laundry

___ I agree to provide a homemade, organic meal that passes inspection by the food and safety committee (Thomas)

___ I agree to sift through mountains of extra-curricular paperwork and sign 800 permission slips

___ I agree to send a maid over to scrub toilets, mop the floor and change sheets OR I agree to convince John that it is completely ridiculous that you don’t have a maid already

Thank you for your commitment to my success! Please provide, in 240 characters or less, the inscription you would like me to use when I dedicate my novel to you:




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2 responses to “NaNo

  1. Christina! Do you want an accountability partner? Like one who will check in daily and go “did you write your damn words, woman?!” I’m looking for one of those for NaNo, so let me know 😉