I can't wait. There are butterflies in my stomach and I hyperventilate whenever I look at the countdown clock on the Nano website.
I think I'm finally prepared too. I've got my pretty little blue folder all filled up with character charts and plot ideas and steampunk-y pictures, and I pulled the plug on outlining yesterday, saying, "NO MORE" so that my ideas will still be fresh when I finally start the book itself. (Yes, I did draw a little bunny next to the word "Plot.")
A week ago, my dad and I went to the basement booksale at our local library and I found a priceless copy of "Athens at War" for fifty cents. Since my Nano novel takes place during the first year of the Peloponessian War, you can understand why having a translation of a book written by an eyewitness of the war (Thucydides) would be so valuable.
I also went out today and bought an Acer laptop. I have wanted a laptop for so long and I can't believe I am finally sitting at my desk and typing on my very own computer in the privacy of my room. This is just what I needed for Nano - there is no way I could have made it on the family computer down in the dining room. Not in a thousand years. I would have gone mad. I'm sure you know how annoying it is to have people walking back and forth, back and forth, while you are trying to diligently pound out your word quota for the day. But now, I'll be able to write in my room, outside, under my bed, younameit. And, you know...go on Facebook and Pinterest and stuff.
In addition to all of this, I've got a secret stockpile of chocolate waiting in my desk drawer, a map, and several original drawings representing scenes from my story.
Now all I have to do is wait.
Wait and wonder - can I really pull this off?