Monday, November 15, 2010

A Brief Update on Why There Have Been No Brief Updates

Hello out there, blog reading public!

You may have noticed that this blog has not been updated since just before Halloween. What's my alibi? Well, it's that I have been doing NaNoWriMo, the National Novel Writing Month project. Essentially, in the month of November, you write a 50,000-word novel. I am trying to put every last scrap of creativity into the book I'm currently writing. So far, I am up to 30,000 words so the end is in sight.

My goal is to be the first Living Impaired American to complete NaNoWriMo!

Besides, I did so many posts in the month of October, I figure I was due for a break. If you have been listening to Mail Order Zombie, you know that I have still been doing my regular weekly segment, "A Few Minutes With Wayne Kotke," but I have not been doing the elaborate, prerecorded MP3 bits this month. I've just been calling in and leaving messages on the voicemail line. In a way, this is a return to my roots, because that's how I used to give feedback when I started contacting the show in September, 2008. If you heard my "Bottoms Up" song a few shows back, that was recorded the Saturday before Halloween. I wanted to make that one extra good, because I knew I couldn't do anything like it for the entire next month.

If you're wondering why I'm even writing these words rather than working on my novel, it's because I've already filled my 2000-word-a-day quota, and I felt guilty about not updating the blog in so long.

Once NaNoWriMo is completed, I will go back to doing my regular segments for MOZ and hopefully updating this blog a little more regularly.

Keep on keepin' on,

Wayne Kotke


  1. In regards to Nanowrimo, go forth an conquer! Also curious if you will be allowing the public to read your work when December rolls around.

  2. Hey, Neil.

    Thanks for the encouragement!

    As to your quesiton, the novel has absolutely nothing to do with the Living Impaired and is not related at all to the segments I do on Mail Order Zombie, so I don't know how interesting it will be for anyone else to read. When it's finished, it's going to be a 50,000-word private joke just for my own amusement. Don't expect zombies to be in it (though I still have 20,000 words to go so you never know). But anyone who's willing to read the novel when it's done has my blessing. If there's a convenient way to make the novel freely and easily available online, I'll try to do so.


  3. Wishing you the best of luck with your NanoWri-whatevering. Anything you creative that you put your mind to is certain to be a singular experience.

    Hopefully more of a "theme park while 12 years old" experience than a "beaten with a sack of cats by an angry bum" experience.

    You are a brilliant and singular talent - I look forward to whatever you produce.

    "We have such sights to show you" Pinhead the Cenobite.

    In retrospect, I should have come up with a better title for the throaty-voiced ex-brit and now infernal hobby project of the abyssal state, cause I think I sapped the dignity of my own argument. Eh, what are ya gonna do? *shrugs*

  4. Damocles,

    I can assure you the book is much closer to the "beaten with a sack of cats by an angry bum" experience -- in fact, that seems very much like the kind of thing that would happen to my main character. I wish I had thought of that.

  5. You still have 16,000 words! That is plenty of time to add sacks, cats, and angry bums.