No, seriously, keep reading.

If you’ve been tracking me, you know this book has been a major pain. Well, i’m done screwing around with it. I’m sick of whining about it, i just want it done … at least the first draft.

So i have a plan.

And you can help.

First off, i’m doing the NaNoWriMo thing. I can have this book completely done in 25 days if i write, rewrite or edit 3000 words a day (roughly 15 pages.) Hell, my friend Devon writes 5000 new words practically every day, and she knits and is raising 200 children and and and … so i can … well … she’s a lot cooler than me, but i’ll still do it!

But like i said, i’m sick of the back and forth, so i’m adding an element of danger and possibly giving away cash prizes in the meantime.

Here’s the deal.

Sign up for a day on the list below. Either in the comments or send me an email. If, on your day, i don’t increase the length of my novel manuscript by 3000 words, i’ll mail or Paypal you $10.

No catches, no exceptions. This isn’t a bet. If i DO succeed in hitting my word goal for the day, rather than getting $10, you’ll get a lovely handcrafted email thanking you for helping me motivate. See? Win win!

Sign up for a day. First come first serve! Send me your name and a site, blog, twitter to link to. I’ll put you on the calendar. Tell your friends! 25 days is a lot to fill up.


[UPDATE] OK! Here’s the lucky contestants:

Saturday, May 16th: Dave Lerner
Sunday, May 17th: Sean Markey
Monday, May 18th: Amal El-Mohtar
Tuesday, May 19th: AnarchicQ
Wednesday, May 20th: John Burridge
Thursday, May 21st: Chris Battey
Friday, May 22nd: Ethan McCutchen and Nina Kiriki Hoffman (DOUBLE DAY!)
Saturday, May 23rd: Beth Wodzinski
Sunday, May 24th: Pati Nagle
Monday, May 25th: Kishi
Tuesday, May 26th: Emily Mangan
Wednesday, May 27th: Loreen Heneghan
Thursday, May 28th: Holly Arrow
Friday, May 29th: Arashinomoui and Bruce Holland Rogers (DOUBLE DAY!)
Saturday, May 30th: Merchimerch
Sunday, May 31st: Dave Raines
Monday, June 1st: Kevin Kenan
Tuesday, June 2nd: Rachel A
Wednesday, June 3rd: The Ferrett
Thursday, June 4th: Diana Standish
Friday, June 5th: Misa Arant and Jerry Oltion (DOUBLE DAY!)
Saturday, June 6th: Lydia Rhoads
Sunday, June 7th: Josh English
Monday, June 8th: Teng Chek
Tuesday, June 9th: J Peters
Wednesday, June 10th: Valerie Polichar and Eugene Fischer (DOUBLE DAY!)
Who wants to make some money? Well, no one, because i intend to hit my goal everyday.

Bring it on.

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60 Responses

  1. The Ferrett says:

    Hit me up for June 3rd.


  2. Rabbit says:

    I'll snag June 3. Yeah, this is Ferrett's fault.


  3. Rabbit says:

    Several someones did june 3, so I'll change mine to May 30. W00t.


  4. E. J. says:

    last day, june 10


  5. sean says:

    Oh. I thought I had the monopoly on all days. Hmm. I'll take may 17th AND june 4th. If no one else signs up, I call ALL the days. Mwaaaahahahahahahaha.


  6. Amal says:

    I'd like to sign up for Monday, May 18th, because I too have a massive deadline then, and we can be partners in wordage! Also, just want to point out that you wrote Saturday twice up top, so, um, all your day-tagging is off by one. ๐Ÿ˜‰


  7. Julia says:

    Got here via the Ferrett. As someone who lacks motivation in many things, I approve of your idea. So I shall sign up for June 3rd as it is my birthday ๐Ÿ™‚


    • Grá Linnaea says:

      Hey Julia, the Ferrett dished you on the 3rd, so i bounced you to the 4th. Extended birthday? What's yer last name or initial? So i can track you. Do you want a link?


  8. Arashinomoui says:

    I'm a clickthru from TheFerrett – I'll take May 29th. And I applaud your risk taking and personal motivation creation.


  9. Lydia Rhoads says:

    Ferrett sent me. I'll take June 6, please. ^_^


  10. Rachel A says:

    I, also, have come by way of Ferrett. I'll take Mon June 2. (and possibly the idea for future use!)


  11. Heather says:

    I also got here from the Ferrett. This is a fantastic idea! I'll take May 27th. And good luck!


  12. Chris Battey says:

    As a NaNoWriMo-er, I'm in favor of this plan. I'll take May 21st, since it's my fiancee's birthday, and I met her via NaNo…

    Also, you've got the wrong days for your dates. Probably because you used Saturday twice in the beginning.

    Good luck!

    -Chris Battey


  13. Josh says:

    Anything to help. Sign me up for June 6, my wife's birthday. (jaylake's too!)


  14. Dave Lerner says:

    Good self-motivation tool. Maybe I should try something like this.

    I found this from The Watchtower of Destruction: The Ferrett's Journal

    Put me down for the next available day (Saturday, May 16th?) and for Saturday, June 7th.

    Hope I just get the e-mai thing. Good luck


  15. Kishi says:

    Hmm, pretty sure you won't be getting much writing done on Saturday May 17th, since that day doesn't exist this year. So, can I claim that one? =)

    Interesting idea, I'll be curious to see how well it works for you. Put me down for May 25th. Good luck!


  16. Ooh, I'll take June 10, because it's hardest to keep it up at the end… ๐Ÿ˜‰


  17. AnarchicQ says:

    Found you through Theferret, like so many others.

    I'll take May 19th because it's my birthday.


  18. Merchimerch says:

    I'm here via the Ferret's blog and I'll take Fri. May 30th, since that's a writing deadline for me as well..


  19. Ken says:

    Ferret sent me. May 30?


  20. Sarah says:

    I also found you through theferrett.

    May 22.


  21. Grá Linnaea says:

    Heh, i'll start you with The 17th! And you are linked!


  22. Navah says:

    I'll take Monday, June 1. Let the writing begin! (Continue?)

    (Also here from TheFerret.)


  23. J Peters says:

    Wow, theferret is going to cost you a lot of money. How about June 9th for me?


  24. Jessica Ros says:

    I'll take Wednesday June 10 if it's not already taken. Blame Ferrett for everything!


  25. Misa Arant says:

    I'd like to take June 5th. Good luck!


  26. Nicole says:

    I choose you, May 28th!

    Here by way of Ferrett. Cute idea, by the way!


  27. Krinn says:

    I'll take May 31st, please. I like prime numbers. Also, yet another person here through Ferrett.


  28. Dave Raines says:

    I'll take Monday, June 1. What are the expectations? Just to watch your word count, or do I need to dust off the motivational tools bequeathed to me by the Spanish Inquisition?


  29. I'll take may 19. If it's a flop day, then at least you've bought Erika a birthday present. Also: hey!


  30. Saaxton says:

    Put me down for May 26th. Blame Ferret.


  31. Teng Chek says:

    Got here from TheFerrett's lj. Put me down for June 8th please. I honestly would prefer a nice e-mail


  32. This is such a wonderful idea, but the thought of trying it myself is terrifying to me on a molecular level.

    Sign me up for the second of June, if it’s open. It’s my birthday.

    (Via Ferrett, probably unsurprisingly.)


  33. Grá Linnaea says:



  34. I'll take Tuesday, May 26th if it's still available, or whatever's left if it's not!

    Julie Andrews
    Clarion '07 ๐Ÿ™‚

    And good luck!


  35. uncacreamy says:

    I too got here from The Ferret. How about May 26th!


  36. Pati_Nagle says:

    Interesting idea for motivation. I am rooting for your success all the way. If there's still a day available, add my name.


  37. E. J. says:

    My June 10 wasn’t good enough, eh? I see how it is. See if I ever offer to take money from you again!


  38. Rhiannon says:

    Bah! Everyone got here way before I had a chance!

    Anyway, good luck!


  39. Julia says:

    Awe, looks like i lost my slot date! Oh well, best of luck!


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