November: The Month of Months


‘Round about the last week of October, there’s usually a flurry of activity here as I announce what sort of insane challenges I’ll be embarking on in November. National Novel Writing Month (or NaNoWriMo) has topped the list for the last several years, followed by National Blog Posting Month (NaBloPoMo) and finally, a challenge of my own making: HoNoToGroABeMo, which is what we call How Not To Grow A Beard Month in these parts.

My attempts at writing a 50,000 word novel in 30 days have been largely unsuccessful. Even when I managed the word count in 2005, I abandoned the story without a resolution; my protagonist fleeing across the desert and the man in black following. 1No. Not really. This year, I’ve decided to leave the writing to those with more determination (and story ideas) than I.

Blogging every day for a month was, all things considered, a walk in the park, especially when I combined it with daily photographic evidence of my inability to grow a proper beard. I was already planning to do NaBloPoMo again this year, but when my friend Bob unveiled the HoNoToGroABeMo website it was like combining two great tastes that taste great together. 2Chocolate and cheese. Now my genetic disinclination toward facial hair and my proclivity for aimless babble form up, becoming the Voltron of pointless, month-long pursuits! 3Form blazing beard!

The website, if all goes well, should be operational by the end of the week, at which point anyone who wishes to join us on our mad crusade can create an account. I’m told the features will include not only a blog, but a place to post photographs of what passes for progress throughout the month. I suspect that my own attempt (futile though it is destined to be) will be chronicled both here and there, perhaps through the utilization of some manner of imported cross-posting technology.

1 No. Not really.
2 Chocolate and cheese.
3 Form blazing beard!

6 responses to “November: The Month of Months”

  1. The Bearded Goose Avatar

    So, remind me. Which day do you shave? 10/31 or 11/1.

    I’m tempted to join you, but… well, you’ve seen how fast hair grows on me.

  2. Kris Avatar

    @Goose — I’ll shave tomorrow, the 31st, and post a photo of my naked face.

  3. Chris Miller Avatar

    I’ll join you. My wife is less than thrilled.

  4. Rob Avatar

    I got an early start. Not because I planned it but because I am lazy about shaving.

    I’m itchy. Oh so itchy.

  5. Rob Avatar

    OK, I’m out even though I was never officially in. Too itchy (mind you, I haven’t shaved in two weeks).

    That, and my razor was giving me a “come lather” look that I could not resist.

  6. Kris Avatar

    @Rob — There is no shame in failure here; no one is going to point and/or laugh. In time, you will punish yourself more than we possibly could. Better luck next year.

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