I had been to a conference in Thiruvananthapuram, and it was my first visit to the city, though I had been to other parts of Kerala several times. After the conference, I had a day off for myself, for I had my plans not knowing yet on where to make it happen. As strange as it sounds, but truer. I had carried my printed novels for editing with a highlighter, colored pens, pencil, scale, small cards and everything else that is required. I checked out of my room (I had to by 11.00 am) not knowing where to head next. I had a bus to catch at 9.00 pm and I had all day waiting for me to throw in some excitement.
I had expected it to be a sunny day like the previous but the rain had surprised me. I had to surprise back to maintain the natural order. I checked out with small luggage that I had carried and run towards the nearest shelter. I could see that it was a coffee house ( Turf Café and Bistro ) but looked like nothing that from outside. I, however, took steps inside with no further thoughts standing there in awe for what I saw.
I really did not want a coffee. However, hoping that the rain would stop, I started looking for something very minimal from the menu, something for 30-45 mins. I ordered a vanilla cream coffee (not sure if that exactly was the name) and sat there with balminess, looking at every corner, which gave welcoming hospitality to the much-needed stranger like me. Then, after around 10 minutes while when the order is almost about to arrive, I have this lighting moment.
“Sir, can I sit here all day long, maybe till 7.00 pm and do my works?” “Yes, sir. You can take *that* seat!” “Thank you.” “I hope you will order something!” “Definitely. I am going to have my lunch, snacks, and everything else here!” “Sure, sir.” “Thanks a lot!”
That is what led to one of my best days ever! I spent my whole day, working with my novel edits. There was also Mr. Bean series being played on a large screen which for me, was incredible writing support. The food was delicious and so were the staff around. I liked the menu and the smiles they offered. That day, for me, was a bliss. I am sure that every writer or a reader like me would agree that there is nothing more beautiful than this.
In less than two days we are going to hit November and November is all about writing. Not just writing, but writing 50K words.
If you are new to National Novel Writing Month, you can check out the starter pack post HERE. This will be my third year working as ML for India.
This year the theme of NaNoWriMo is time travel and sticking around, I am writing a novel titled – “The Art of Ageing Gracefully“.
I could get a temporary cover ready, however, the contents from word 1 to word 50,000 or more are saved for November. I am already excited! Are you? You can also connect me as a buddy on NaNoWriMo site and my id is prakash_hegade.
This year has been slow like last year. But, the good part is that I have not given up on writing. Managing 3 jobs (1 full time and 2 part time) and writing has been a challenge from past 1 year. But, writing is what keeps me sane.
I hope to get better and regain back my writing frequency with time.
My heartfelt thanks to every blogger and friends for keeping up the support. It truly means a lot to me. It would have never been possible without all the love!
P.S. I have also been writing short poems on Instagram at prakash.hegade.
What is NaNoWriMo? It is a non-profit organization whose sole purpose is to promote writing and creativity.
What is the Target and Timeline? The writing begins from November 01 spanning for the entire month (ends Nov 30th midnight 11.59pm). One needs to tackle the writing goal of 50,000 words.
Yes, 50K. 50,000 is definitely a huge number but if seen as 1667 words per day, definitely doable. Weekends, constant support and motivation from NaNoWriMo and buddies, pep talks, lots of resource materials and daily writing sprints make this target exciting and easier.
However if you have your own target, there is also NaNoWriMo Rebel where one can set individual writing targets.
What can I Write? Anything! Anything that makes you happy and you want to write. It’s not about the bothering and worries of editing and giving the final touch. It’s about writing and just it.
So, What Next? Are your words ready to celebrate? Do you have a project? Hope in! Register at National Novel Writing Month. It’s about cherishing that write-cravings and dedicating the month November to write, write and write more.
What after Registration? Select the appropriate region from where you are writing, look out the regional forum for introduction and other threads, create a writing project, make some new buddies and get started! The writing officially begins from November 01.
– Prakash Hegade, Municipal Liaison for India
You can add me up as your buddy. My Profile id is prakash_hegade
IBMC was instantiated in the early second week of April 2016(It’s been more than two years now!) and a part of WordPress Event which can be found HERE. So far 55 bloggers have completed this challenge.
A list of all the completed challengers can be found HERE.
There has been no activity in last two months and hence this summary post.
Here is what IBMC is:
The IBMC is a series of ten tasks. All the ten tasks are different, to prove the versatility in the blogger.
The blogger can start the challenge at any point of time but the constraint is that it has to be completed within 15 days of the start. So, plan well before starting.
There are 10 challenges and 15 days to complete (in other words, you have up to five “buffer” days).
One cannot complete more than three tasks on the same day.
The tasks have to be taken up in the same order as they are numbered.
Every task is associated with a logo which will have to be used along with the prompt.
On completing all the challenges, the IBMC logo can be added to your blog.
This is a summary post of challengers who have completed or on-going with the Incredible Blogger Marathon Challengefor the month of August 2018. The challenge was instantiated in the early second week of April 2016(It’s been more than two years now!) and a part of WordPress Event which can be found HERE.
This is a summary post of challengers who have completed or on-going with the Incredible Blogger Marathon Challengefor the month of July 2018. The challenge was instantiated in the early second week of April 2016(It’s been more than two years now!) and a part of WordPress Event which can be found HERE.
Dante from the blog DIALECTICS is the Fifty Fourth Blogger to complete this challenge. There are ten interesting takes over there. I am sure they are a pleasure read. The first one can be found here: I am and so I am.
This is a summary post of challengers who have completed or on-going with the Incredible Blogger Marathon Challengefor the month of May/June 2018. The challenge was instantiated in the early second week of April 2016(It’s been more than two years now!) and a part of WordPress Event which can be found HERE.
‘A girl who writes’ from the blog The Quillis the Fiftieth blogger to complete this challenge. There are ten amazing posts that everyone got to read. The first one can be found here: Shoulder of Support.
Frothywinter from the blog A Splashdash Talk is the Fifty First blogger to complete this challenge. The ten posts are deeply engaging and pleasure reads. The first one can be found here: Fly High.
Willy and Junny from the Blog Bike and Backpacker are the Fifty Second to complete this challenge. The ten Journey posts will take the readers on a funny ride. I have enjoyed reading all the ten posts. The First one can be found here: Phrase a Paragraph Challenge.
This is a summary post of challengers who have completed or on-going with the Incredible Blogger Marathon Challengefor the month of April 2018. The challenge was instantiated in the early second week of April 2016(It’s been two years now!) and a part of WordPress Event which can be found HERE.
Shivranjan from the blog Mighty Minds is the Forty Ninth blogger to complete this challenge. The ten challenges have been simple and elegant and I have enjoyed reading them all. The first one can be found here: When I See You.
‘Thank you’ to all who have taken/been taking the challenge and to all who have liked them. Feel free to take up the challenge if it excites you!
A list of all the completed challengers can be found HERE.