I can’t believe it’s already October 4! For a while it seemed like I had all the time in the world until November, and suddenly, it’s just around the corner! Though I think this year is the most prepared I’ve been when it comes to having a loose outline and a more-than-vague idea of who my main character is. I want to do some more character building, and maybe a little more fleshing out of the plot/outline, but a major case of Real Life has been getting in the way of that the past few weeks.
This is my third year as Municipal Liaison (ML) for St. Louis. I love planning the events and see the regional calendar fill up with workshops (in October) and write-ins (in November.) I also have to say I’m glad I’m not the only one doing all the planning. Sure, I’d be able to do it on my own, but it would be a lot more stressful and hectic. Thanks to my co-ML and a few others who have helped book events, things have been easier on us all.
There are still a few things to do before things really get rolling. A few printouts I need to make (I have them designed, just need to print them), prizes to gather, and a workshop to plan. Last year Jen (yes, both St. Louis MLs are named Jen) and I did pre-NaNo workshops for the first time, and it was a hit. Granted, I only made it to 1 of the 3 thanks to a little thing like my wedding getting in the way (!) This year we’re doing it again, and we’ve had some libraries get on board and want us to do workshops there as well. This is very exciting, and a little scary because I’ll be doing one of them all by myself.
Logically I know I’ve gotten over the majority of my fear of public speaking years ago, but I spent the majority of my life with the prospect leaving me literally shaking with fear, so that’s still in the back of my head and tries to get in the way of my newfound confidence. So maybe that’s why I haven’t prepared for it yet. If I ignore it, the fear won’t arise. Oh, I’ve glanced over my notes from last year and have an idea of what I’ll talk about. But that’s it. Of course, I also know that when I’ve had to give presentations at work, I typically spend about 30 minutes typing up a few notes, a bit of time reviewing those notes the day before the presentation, and another little bit of time going over them a final time just before the presentation. So far this tactic has worked quite well, so there’s no reason to believe it won’t work this time.
Just wish me a bit of luck.
Anyway, I should probably go work on those final items. I’m having work done to my bathrooms – one is a complete remodel, the other just replacing the rotted floor and moldy wall – and the workers and their power tools aren’t exactly quiet so this is prime time for doing something that doesn’t require as much concentration as plot and character planning.
Are you participating in NaNoWriMo this year? Let me know about it!