Since I was young, I have always had a stream of short stories, poems, and art floating around in my home and my brains. I am sure my mom still has kept every scrap of paper bearing my work somewhere in her house. I learned to love storytelling and writing from my parents. My dad would tell the best bedtime stories and my mom still writes in her journal every day. I hope to follow in their "footsteps" and pass on this love of literature and history to my future children someday.
I will admit that I am a nerd. Just between you and me, I keep a running list of things that I want to research and to be honest, I go through that list online and in libraries every week. I was the kid getting into trouble with my mom when I would be caught reading or writing or drawing instead of doing my homework of lessons. ( I was home schooled.) and what I took from a childhood of make believe and learning, is that boundaries do not exist in our imaginations except when we limit ourselves.
I attempted to complete 2010 NaNoWriMo, but due to work and home life and not honestly knowing what I was getting myself into, I didn't make the deadline. I think I bit off more than I could chew, let alone swallow when I started my novel last year. Though the point of NaNoWriMo is not to create, in 30 days the perfectly edited book, I decided to take longer with that particular novel, hence, I am still working on it.
However, my sob story of "failure" last year is not the point. The point is that effort was made and I am back at it this year for NaNoWriMo 2011, ready to win! So, here's to all my NaNo Buddies!