The first weird thing writers do is get so caught up with NaNoWriMo that November disappears, winter weather comes as a surprise and Christmas is a myth until it's already the 12th and decorations are being put up around them.
For my non-writer readers, NaNoWriMo takes place throughout the whole of November where writers commit to writing at least 50,000 words - novices and experienced writers alike. If you have a normally gregarious friend who was suddenly quiet and a bit spaced out in Novemnber, they may just have been involved. Give them a coffee and a hug and run through anything they may have missed in November!
Another weird thing writers do is gather as many writers around them as possible. This year a wonderful writer called Raimey Gallant organised 404 writers and got them to share their social media links. So, for the past few days, I've been working through that list - following people on Twitter, Facebook (grr, Facebook has serious issues about people using their site!), their blogs, Goodreads and more.
All of this means I haven't been writing. But, at the moment, I don't mind. It's fun. I've been chatting with some fun people, and hopefully that'll continue once the list-following flurry has faded.
In case you're wondering, I didn't complete my 50k during November, I reached 38,006 words, and then another 4k in the subsequent few days. I'm currently letting it breathe, before printing it out so I can mutilate it (I love a good old-fashoned cut-and-paste with scissors and sticky tape!) and turn it into the story I realised I was telling at about the two-thirds mark.
Just a note to the #nanohop-ers: the only sign up I have is a newsletter, or Bloglovin button - so it's possible you'll never see my posts, unless I get myself a little more organised on the newsleter front. I'm still wondering how to best engage with my new followers. Bear with me!
UPDATED NOTE TO #NANOHOP-ERS: I have created a WordPress blog which will be my main blog from now on.