Lyla Campbell

It's NaNoWriMo eve and I'm busy preparing for the maelstrom to come, so here is a favorite post from last year that will hopefully prove useful to you as we stand on the brink of November...

October is the calm before the NaNoWriMo storm. Having lived in Houston all of my life, I'm no stranger to battening down the hatches. Like clock work, we get together bottled water, canned goods, and other non perishables as each new hurricane season approaches. We go through a laundry list to make sure that if all of a sudden a depression pops up in the gulf, so we won't be up the creek when the masses make a run for the grocery.

In this same fashion, I created a NaNoWriMo survival kit in preparation for a month of writing with literary abandon. Putting everything together before the tempest strikes will save me from wasting time on midnight runs for NaNo necessities. The kit includes (see pic above):

  • My writing totem - the goat the sings "High On a Hill Was a Lonely Goat Herd" from the sound of music

  • My computer - obvious I know. However, I have heard tales of people doing NaNoWriMo by hand.

  • Coffee - preferably with chicory

  • Tea - of the English afternoon persuasion

  • Betty Boop mug - Betty in the painting of the birth of's deliciously tacky with a hint of inappropriateness.

  • Whiskey - sometimes coffee just isn't enough

  • Chocolate bacon bar - yes, you read that correctly my friends: CHOCOLATE COVERED BACON!!!! It's a heath bar with bacon pieces substituted for toffee bits.

  • Various frozen dinners, savory bake in oven snacks - one must eat during the month of November without much prep time.

  • Snickers Ice Cream Bars - dessert to top it all off.

  • And last but not least, my furry minions of doom:

    the big one told me that on the days I didn't meet my word count goal, he would poop on the carpet. He's a 92 pound Lab/Elephant/German Shepherd mix, so I take that threat very seriously.

    What would you add to the survival kit list?

    8 Responses
    1. Cute post. Good luck on making your quotas.

    2. lol awesome blog. I will definitely take some of the tips with me. Especially, the whiskey in the coffee. A fav.


    3. Jeff King Says:

      I would add: eye drops and a five hr energy drink.

    4. Joanne Says:

      I don't participate in NaNo, but admire the commitment other writers bring to it. I love your Cheering Squad in the 2nd photo there :)

    5. Anne Says:

      Ohhh, I miss the goat! and the dogs, lol.

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