For those of you who don't know, I've been sick over the last month and have finally gotten a somewhat accurate diagnosis: pneumonia. At first, I (and my doctor) thought I was having a bad reaction to allergens in the air, which set of the worst case of asthma I've ever had.
Well, now I'm on my second round of prednisone and first round of strong antibiotics and have my fingers crossed that I'll be able to get out of bed soon, take a full breath, and get back to class (my most sincere apologies to my Thursday and Friday students for canceling class this week).
In the meantime, there's not much to do, except catch up on my grading, watch horrible daytime/weekend TV, and fiddle with my laptop. Since completing the two idiot's guides I've been working on since April has sucked up a lot of my time (not to mention a few more bouts of respiratory illness over the summer), I thought it was time to get back on track with my paranormal suspense novel.
To that end, I just signed up for National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo). How it will go is anyone's guess, but I've been working on this draft for over a year and really need to get to finishing my crappy first draft so I can pretty it up and shop it around. I encourage anyone else out there who is thinking of writing a novel to join in.
At the very least, you'll get some good motivation and possible meet a few writing buddies. I can't tell you how helpful it is to write with someone else. My friend Millie and I had on-and-off dates at Borders to write over the summer and I really did get a lot of motivation and pages done as a result. Happy writing all!