Today’s challenge is to prepare.
Oh dear, this challenge hits closer to home than I expected. In short, working toward a goal is preparation toward the next step toward the goal, and anything else is procrastination.
Three and a half goals come to mind.
Three and a half?
Yes, three and a half. I suppose you have seven or eight. I’m just not that motivated at the moment. Revel in your superiority whilst you can! But enough about you…
Let’s get the one about writing a 50,000- word story in a month out of the way first. A month or two ago I decided to make this year’s event different. Rather than flying by the seat of my pants each day, I wanted to have some idea of who my characters are, what happens to them, and what they plan to do in response. According to the generously loose rules of the game, all manner of preparation is allowed, but all actual writing needs to be done during the 30-day wordfest. Alas, one or two months after making the decision to prepare I have yet to do anything but procrastinate. Only twenty weeks to go, and quickly it will. I need to get cracking now!
Incidentally, I just sent in my registration form to be a returning Municipal Liaison for NaNo 2012. Basically, that means I am a participant encourager, gathering organizer, and party planner for a month. I guess that means I’m committed to this year’s event!
The second goal commanding my attention is for me to finish my 6502 emulator. For those you baffled by what I just said, I am working on a program that duplicates the behavior of an actual computer. Geeky, I know. Done before? Yes, many times. So why? Can’t really say, other than it is something I have wanted to do for years.
Complete a century (100-mile) bike ride event in six and a half hours, including time spent at rest stops. That would be a full two-hours faster than my all-time best last fall. I’ve got an actual road bike this year, which I can ride significantly faster than my old, heavy hybrid bike. Although I don’t do race events, it appears I am heading in that direction.
The half goal
This one I’m still debating, so I’m calling it half a goal. I can’t remember the name of the event, but it’s one of those messy obstacle course events. No, it’s not Tough Mudder.
So there you have it: my three and a half goals that I am preparing for, only one of which is related to the writing challenge. Go figure! What goals are you preparing for, writing or otherwise?