That's right, it's NaNoWriMo, or National Novel Writing Month, that magical time of year when the leaves turn crisp and abruptly fall off the trees, you start to consider candy a legitimate substitute for comfort food, and the hordes of would-be authors from America to Albania scramble to write a 50,000 word novel in a month.
Yep, it's just that good of an idea.
I'm actually participating in NaNoWriMo this year. It'll be my first time. If you're participating too, let me know in the comment box, and we can alternately share, encourage, and complain to one another.
If not, consider it. It's still early, and if you've already got a few thousand words of that half-formed (fairy tale or otherwise) novel laying around, then you're probably already way ahead of the game.
Consider this: Marissa Meyer, author of the New York Time's bestselling Cinder, and one of our own fairy tale tellers, started as her 2008 NaNoWriMo novel. So there you go.
If you scroll down and look at the right side of the screen, you'll see I've added a NaNoWriMo widget in the no-man's-blog-land between the search bar and the links. 'Cause no one likes accountability, and everyone knows how effective it is!
Because of me extreme-sport writing, and the busy holidays just over the horizon and around the bend (to Grandmother's house we go?), there won't be a Fourth Friday Fairy Tale for the next couple of months. We'll use it as some time to (I hope) gather more readership and work on those novels.