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Some of you may have noticed there wasn't an RP segment posted for today.  My brain needed a rest and Monday evening was spent veggin' out in front of the television catching up on some CSI episodes.

I don't know about all of you, but for me, November got here too fast… and it (as well as December) are going to fly by quickly.  As the holidays get closer, there is a ton of family gatherings, shopping, snow, decorating, etc. to be done.  It also tends to be a very busy time for my job because this time of year is also relapse season and my clients tend to have more crisis situations arise.

For many, November is a month of productivity, especially for writing.

NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month)

NaBloPoMo (National Blog Post Month)

I wanted to bring your attention to these for a couple reasons.  Although most participants start planning to participate prior to November, it is still early in the month and still time to join in.  If you are interested in either of these, I would encourage you to participate or at least check it out (especially if you aren't familiar with either one) and maybe make a plan for next year.

Personally, I am not participating in them this year.  I'm curious why/how November got slated for these (and a variety of other daily posting activities such as videos and podcasts) as opposed to any other month.  But that is neither here nor there.  I'd love to participate in NaNo, but know I wouldn't be able to fit that in this month… even if I ignored the blog for a month.

I considered participating in NaBlo, but then figured since I usually have daily posts that it'd be kinda like cheating.  Anywho, no matter how you decide to go about writing – whether you participate in these or not – the important thing is to keep writing!

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  • In a lucky coincidence, a professor of mine assigned to the class that each person create a project to improve a campus organization. I decided to create an online place for the campus to write a novel together (to promote the lit group). The email announcements will hopefully have it seen and then I’ll see how it goes. It’s a shame you’re not a student, it’s aimed at those who aren’t going to be writing a novel on their own.

    On my own, I’ll just keep on posting. Maybe to celebrate I’ll pretend I posted just because of the arbitrary month.

  • I have a new blog (, but I just don’t know what to use it for or what to write. I don’t want to write out my deep, dark, secrets or negative things. I want the blog to be seen in a purely positive light.

    The problem is that most of what I would write was negative due to writing being an outlet for what I was going through. So I’m stumped. What do I write about? I play WoW a few times a month with my boyfriend, but not enough to have a blog for it again. I work the same job every day and would prefer not to write about it since that’s a somewhat negative subject for me as well.

    It’s not all bad. We have popsicle hour after all…but still. I’ve found it difficult to actually use this blog. I tend to just haunt yours and a few other blogs in particular. Waiting for the day when inspiration and time actually become available.

  • @Kleps – That sounds like a great project. So it’s a collaborative novel then? Or similar to the NaNo group where they provide support, ideas, encouragement, etc?

    @Cait – It can be tough to balance out what you need/want to vent and who you want to see it. I think overall blogging about work tends to an area that needs to be approached with caution – no one wants to get fired for venting. (Of course it all depends how ya do it, like not naming the employer, but still) Like you said though, when inspiration strikes…. don’t want it to feel like work or it loses it’s fun, creative outlet feel.

  • Yeah. I dunno, maybe once I start writing about random things, I’ll eventually get into a groove. Then the blog will sprout into something that I can’t think of at this moment. But…maybe it’ll happen if I just start posting.

    I’ll try 🙂

    Until then, I keep linking my story of Velanora, but eventually I’ll switch over to Pooftacular. I’m sure eventually I’ll have something to say about WoW 🙂 Afterall, I still play. I still enjoy it. And I’m looking forward to the next expansion 🙂

  • I did NaBloPoMo back in August, to be different 😀 No reason it has to be November!

    I’ve never tried NaNo, though – maybe next month.

  • @Veliaf – Different is good 🙂 I think the only downside of doing those outside of November is there are less people participating to provide support and whatnot, but the important thing is stickin’ to your goal! 😀


We are a family of gamers. Mom (Darcy/Syrana) and Dad (Brian/Sideshow) have been gaming for as long as they can remember back when you only had a joystick to use and saved your games to cassette tapes.

They've been gaming together since they met in 2002. Sometime after 2006, they both started playing World of Warcraft and did that for many years. They started this blog, originally called Sideshow & Syrana which has now transitioned to the new Stay-At-Home Gamers site, while keeping all of the original content.

Starting in 2010, two more gamers came along (now known as Princess Boo and Mr. X) and they are now old enough where they both enjoy playing games and watching others play games. They are both excited to have others to watch them play their favorite games. Come along with us and let's enjoy these games together!