Preparing for a Zombie Invasion…

Did I say zombie invasion? Sorry, I meant NaNoWriMo 2010 (that’s getting harder to write in CamelCase the more times I do it).

So today in my inbox I had my first e-mail from the NaNo team, reminding me that it is coming, there’s no escaping it, but advising me that I won’t be alone, and  telling me what to expect throughout the month and so on.

With this being my second year, I’d like to think I know a little bit about how the whole thing ‘goes down’ and when to expect the conniption fits (psst, it’s somewhere in week three), but that’s not to say I’m not taking precautions and already expecting everything to go ferociously wrong.

I still have everything ready that I can have, and with a whole day to spare! Something to write with/on aside, I’ve also taken the following preparations:

  • I spent the majority of today tidying my writing hole, by which I mean I got a bin-bag and sideswiped everything that wasn’t stuck down. I found a mountain of discarded coat hangers on my office bed, accumulated from the weeks I’ve spent pulling things out of the wardrobe and leaving them to one side. You’d be surprised how scared cats are of a handful of clanging coat-hangers.
  • Since I know I will become obsessed with statistics pretty much from day one, I have bookmarked the nanolyser site. In the same vein, I have also downloaded a 2010 nanowrimo report card, so I can nerd out whenever I feel like it.
  • I have also accumulated four headsets. Some may think that’s a little excessive, but then I do need them for work as well, so I can argue my case on that one. The reason I keep headsets nearby is because they are noise-cancelling, and when I have other stuff going on, it’s nice to be able to say “I’m writing now, brb” and then switching into writing mode for an hour. I music on, of course…I don’t just sit there with a headset on. That would be a bit weird.

That’s about all I have so far. I have just over 24 hours left before the whole debacle begins, and I’m starting to think I might have something resembling a plan.

I hope you’re all ready, too! Exciting times ahead!