NANOWRIMO, no it's not a character from a rough bar in Mos Eisley with trumpet snout and laser gun, its a site for writers who took on the challenge of producing 50,000 words of a novel in one month. It stands for National Novel Writing Month and was kindly introduced to me by a fellow journalist and writer. Said fellow managed her impressive word count well before November 30th and r.e.s.p.e.c.t. to her for balancing a hectic lifestyle with time out to create a masterpiece. Me, I joined three days late with the intention of keeping up and managed to write 0 - yes, that equates to nil - before the deadline. For the paper, I make three deadlines a week and a lot more sub-deadlines in between that. After work, I throw the journalist hat on the umbrella stand and get straight into the kitchen to prepare dinner. Once dinner is cooked and consumed, it's time to check the email. Sixty or seventy emails a day is not unusual: most of them don't need answered but some of them lead to a bit of trawling for further information on the web. Now, the TV is shrieking in the background and the phone rings. Six or seven conversations later and six or seven promises to sort out something for the imminent future, it's time to get down to writing. Oh, it's also time for bed to get up in the morning and do it all over again. Maybe next year.