November Failure

25 Nov

I failed miserably. And I don’t like failing. It sucks. If effects my I’m-A-Badass state of mind.

But being a parent … wait … no … that can’t be used as a reason. I’m sure there are parents out there that are writers. Parents out there with two or even three kids that are cranking out over a thousand words a day. Life does not get in the way. NaNoWriMo Warriors.

I, however, have been defeated by my Nickelodeon Pack, exhausted by nine o’clock, and cranking out only five hundred words a night this week. I have barely scratched the surface. But, upon further review, these NaNoWriMo Warriors might get a night off from parenting duties every now and then. Me? I’m still full time on this parenting gig. I remain the CEO and janitor of this establishment, so apparently there seems to be very little down time that’s not being used up by executive decisions regarding diapers or LEGOs

Nevertheless … I continue my quest into the late hours typing away and doing my best to meet personal deadlines and avoid epic failure that creates the need for chocolate.  But the funny thing is, I didn’t really sign-up for NaNoWriMo, but I figured I’d participate in my own Guat way … you know, as a strong incentive to finish my book this year. But as you all know NaNoWriMo ends in November and I’m not even close to 50,000 words.

Luckily November doesn’t mark the end of the year. Just the end of the writing frenzy — a sort of Scared Straight moment for writers with personal end-of-year deadlines.

A Cowboy-Up moment, if you will.

So when all the crazed people attack those Black Friday specials at midnight, I’ll be on my third helping of something involving chocolate or pumpkin and typing away, in hopes for my own writing frenzy to spill over into the Jingle All The Way environment.

November will probably bring failure upon The Guat, but it also brings on so many December possibilities. Hopefully accompanied by humor, chocolate, and the words The End.


15 Responses to “November Failure”

  1. galan12 November 26, 2013 at 1:33 AM #

    Still time,, November not over yet. 😉

    • The Guat December 12, 2013 at 7:23 PM #

      Thanks for the encouragement. Sorry for the delay you ended up in my spam filter, but glad I found encouraging words among all the sales pitches. December is not over yet, right?

      • galan12 December 13, 2013 at 11:42 AM #

        Smiling 😉 encouragement is for you..

  2. lameadventures November 26, 2013 at 9:15 PM #

    Don’t be so hard on yourself. I am sure that many that did manage to type 50,000 words this month wrote pure drivel. The name “NaNoWriMo” sounds ridiculous to me. Furthermore, I’ve never been a fan of quantity. Focus on quality. Instead of writing 500 words a day, focus on sketching out 500 thoughtfully composed words a week. Take a year to write your first draft. Then take another year to rewrite and edit it. Make a realistic goal that fits in with being the mother of two small fry and the obligations and demands of your daily life. Create your own set Guat-style rules for 2014 and start from there. Don’t waste your time following the imaginary herd. I am sure there were many more dropouts than finishers, but I reiterate, I am sure that much of what was finished was scented — and it didn’t smell minty fresh.

    • Jackie Cangro November 29, 2013 at 10:16 AM #

      I second every single word you wrote, V!

      • The Guat December 8, 2013 at 7:07 PM #

        Thanks you chica! It’s tough out here in mom land when you hold all positions of the household like the CEO of the house all the way to the custodian. So thanks for the pep definitely felt the love from everyone.

    • The Guat December 8, 2013 at 7:05 PM #

      Dude. Thanks so much for your props. I actually made a goal in January for myself to finish the first draft at the end of the year. I thought November might help me kick up a gear, but all it did was increase my chocolate intake at all the frustration. But I think you’re right…my small fry tend to drain the energy out of me during the day because I’m out there trying my best not to jack up their childhood have them go into therapy as adults. These sandbox adventures and memories are fun and I do enjoy a lot, but yeah … by 7 p.m. I’m so exhausted all I want to do is watch AMC and FX and eat chocolate, so in the end my writing suffers because my brain is lacking sleep. But I do manage what I can on weekends and days off the blog. But I thank you for understanding my plight and not being one of those people that has it “all together” and poses with her Budweiser girl body and three kids and says “What’s Your Excuse?”

  3. Cayman Thorn November 28, 2013 at 8:26 AM #

    I was talking with someone recently who was taking part in this Nano thing. First off, I had little idea what it meant, and no idea whatsoever that he was a blogger. In other words, I failed at this thing long before you even hitched up to it.
    Hey, the only thing you’re failing at is convincing me you failed. I’m not blowing smoke, just letting you know that I’ll have none of it.
    And Happy Thanksgiving, Cali.

    • The Guat December 8, 2013 at 7:09 PM #

      Dude. You’re awesome, you’re like my personal Tony Robbins, only funnier. Although he might be funny, I don’t know. Never met him. But I thank you for the pep talk and support. Love your tough love 🙂

  4. marydpierce November 28, 2013 at 4:38 PM #

    You so did not fail. You have kids. Look at them. Are they reasonably happy, well fed, somewhat clean, all still in one piece? If the answer to even one of those is yes or sort of, than you, my friend have wildly succeeded.
    And just to make you feel better about yourself, I’ll confide that I did sign up for Nano, my one kid is now away from home, and I STILL didn’t come close to my 50,000 words. You and I – we’ll just keep plugging away.

    • The Guat December 8, 2013 at 7:12 PM #

      Yeah they look better than I do and they constantly make it to bed in one piece 🙂 And yes I will definitely keep plugging away. Thanks for your awesome words of support and helping me feel less of a failure. I think moms are always hard on themselves in every aspect. So thanks for the boost.

  5. Christina's Words November 30, 2013 at 7:23 PM #

    Well, we just have to change the definition of “failure” don’t we? Because I know you didn’t fail, you just found some ways that didn’t work. (Was that Einstein? “I didn’t fail, I just found 1,000 ways something wouldn’t work.”)

    Seriously though, most writers I know partaking in NaNo, didn’t finish the 50k. And if they did, they admitted it was a very very “shitty first draft” (to use Anne Lamott’s brilliant term.) You can sit a monkey at a typewriter and he can churn out the pages. Doesn’t mean they’re gonna be any good.

    Life happens. I’m sure NaNo is more of the process versus the outcome, so if you learned some things about yourself and your writing and if you gained something from the experience, then hey, consider yourself better for it.

    So nice to meet you! Have some chocolate and some pumpkin for me too- Christy

    • The Guat December 6, 2013 at 12:59 AM #

      Duuuuuuuuuude. What an awesome way of spinning things. Einstein! I love that quote. And I love the fact that you call Nano more of a process versus outcome. That’s exactly what I needed to hear and believe. Wish I had you on speed dial 🙂 but for now chocolate and pumpkin pie will have to do. Thanks so much for your kind words.

  6. Island Traveler December 4, 2013 at 3:23 AM #

    It’s been a crazy November for me too. First week started as fun then followed by scary stormy news of home. It did end with an amazing Thanksgiving getaway in Austin. Wishing you all the best everyday of every month.

    • The Guat December 8, 2013 at 7:13 PM #

      Thanks for the good vibes my friend. Yes November was crazy! But the blogging buddies seem to make things a little better.

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