Saturday, October 01, 2011

Life and its November Challenges: 30-30-30

As if life weren't challenging it's #303030

I found (on another Central Missouri caricaturist's site) a teaser ad about the 30 character challenge - creating 30 characters, one for each day in November. This looked interesting - but didn't seem to be that big of a challenge.

You see, in 2006, I successfully completed NaNoWriMo, by completing a 10,000 word novel in 30 days. This was blogged on "Toward a New Dawn - A Midwestern Novel", which was based on a journey I had made in transitioning from a corporate life back to farming.

Last year, I successfully combined this with the NaNoBloMo challenge - writing a blog post every day of the month for November last year. This resulted in "A Funny Think Happened on My Way to Enlightenment"  - which was also published that month on as "The Dreamer Dreamed." (available as paperback, PDF, or epub download.)

So this year, I'm pushing it up a notch to create a 30-30-30 challenge - 30 characters in a 10,000 word novel, blogged for 30 days.


But actually, once you get into the stream of it (stream of consciousness, life stream, akashic stream -  all that type of stuff) then it's really not all that hard. You just have to let go of your inhibitions and let it all run out.

The result should also be a published, illustrated book by the end of that month (or shortly after). And of course, I'll be sharing as I go - so watch for the #303030 hash-tag...

So I offer anyone this challenge - to do as I'm planning. 30-30-30 - are you up to it?

PS. I'll also be doing it entirely on Linux platform, using only open-source programs...