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I thought about doing NaBloPoMo, but then yesterday Gwen and I ended up heading to an event, unplanned, and at the end of the day I was just tired. It didn't even feel like November, so I didn't even think about writing something.

Off to a good start, there.

But, why should I let that bother me? I've signed up for NaNoWriMo (though my aim is actually simply 12000 words, that is, my 400 words for 30 days), AND the newly minted AcWriMo, since my academic writing/editing todo list has now topped 50 items and I need to whittle that down a bit, what's one more writing challenge for November?

So we'll just forget Nov. 1. I've written here today, I got 1000+ words on an idea that I had falling asleep last night (and composed off and on in my head all night long...which amazingly did not turn out to be nonsense in the morning), all I need to do is 400 words (or better, 800), and I can go to bed feeling smug!
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Debating whether I should join NaBloPoMo. Do you guys really want to read a post from me every day this month? ([ profile] etfb, you have to say yes, because you've been doing NaBloPoFiveyears or so). Do I think I can find the time to say something not inane every day this month, including the days I'm traveling? Hmmm...I know at least two, if not more, days this month where I'm guaranteed not to have internet access. Do I want to set myself up to fail?

But on the other hand, if I post tonight, I can always decide later, whereas if I don't post, I'm already out of the game. And something I learned as a kid is that sometimes, if you don't enter, you can't win -- but sometimes, you can win merely by entering. In fact,
S over at Misconceptions about Conception was doing a book give away a few weeks ago, and to enter you just had to leave a comment on the relevant post. So I did -- and it turns out, I was the only one. Whoohoo, guaranteed free book! It arrived on Tuesday, I took a long hot soaky bath that night and read about 3/4 of it, and finished it up last night.

Which is a nice segue both into today's prompt, which is favorite quote. Easy:

Vita sine literis mors est
Life without letters is death.

It's the signature line in my email. I discovered the motto when I was converting index-card-catalog of Special Collection's bookplate collection into an electronic format. Lots of different people used it, so I didn't feel bad appropriating it. Strictly speaking, it's "Life without books is death", but I like the version with alliteration. I've posted before how I find a significant mental health benefit from surrounding myself with books; I can't settle into a house that I'm living in until my books are unpacked. And it's directly related to quantity, too -- the more books I can see, the happier I am (something which Joel is not too keen on...). When we received the second half of our books from storage in spring, it just felt so good to have not just one or two book cases filled with books, but walls lined with them, all 1800+ of them. And with receiving all these books has come the joy of re-reading -- but that is a topic for another post, one that has been percolating in the back of my mind for some time, but needs to wait for one more book before I write it.


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