My life has been thrown a little out of whack recently due to a car crash. The whole family was involved, but Andrew is the only one to have a major injury — a fractured sternum, which is, thankfully, still pretty minor. However, it will take his body 6 to 8 weeks to fully heal. I’m happy to announce that he is healing quite well so far.
It was an odd experience being so thrown off of our schedule. I am so thankful that my parents and Andrew’s parents were around to help out with my children at the scene, the hospital, and the week right after when Andrew and I were in the most pain. I felt a bit lost and sad and worried there for a while, but after two weeks, we’re getting back to normal. Insurance paperwork is dealt with, hospital and doctor visits are over, Andrew and I are back to work, and I am able to take care of pretty much all of the day-to-day things again.
It’s not over yet, though. There is still more paperwork to sort, medical bills to pay, and the process of searching for, finding, and buying another car. Andrew is still on “light duty” when it comes to taking care of the children and the house so I need to handle the slack. This means that I am not participating in NaNoWriMo this November.
Writing a novel in a month takes a huge commitment and I usually depend on Andrew to take over some of my responsibilities around the house while I hide out and write write write in big chunks and spare moments during Novembers. Due to our circumstances this year, that obviously won’t be possible.
It’s only 3 days in and I already miss the community, excitement, and creative fervor that occurs ever November over at the NaNoWriMo community. But I am still happy with my decision to skip this year because I believe it is the best choice for my family and, ultimately, me.
Part of me wants to give it a crazy shot and try to write 50,000 words in one day or something (I saw on Twitter that someone already did that this year!), but another part keeps reminding myself of the 5 or so manuscripts I already have written that are still waiting to be edited. I have yet to even look at the novel I wrote last year since typing out the last word.
My plan, though, is to keep it simple. I will not attempt to write a novel this month. I will take care of my family by pulling some extra weight to make sure Andrew heals properly. I will take care of the loose ends of this car crash so we can put it behind us. And I will focus on writing every day [in a slightly less manic manner] this month. Maybe I’ll even get some editing done!
Ah yes, simple. That sounds pleasant. Much better than trying to do too much.