what HAVE you been doing with yourself?


If you wrote 50,000 words in the last thirty days, or if you forswore the razor for the duration, you are clearly frothingly bonkers. But A Different Daylight has nothing but admiration for you.

National Novel Writing Month saw thousands of people from all over the world abandon life, love, food, sleep, and the ability to use their hands without crying in pain, in order to write a novel in a month. I kinda wish I was joking, but…loads of NaNoWriMoers are of school age and didn’t do their homework just so they could keep up their daily word count. And loads of them are of working age and took time off work (authorised or otherwise..) for this. I should probably express disapproval, but I don’t disapprove. So, there’s that. (Also, if you didn’t do NaNoWriMo but managed to extract humour from the situation, you are definitely a winner.)

And Movember legitimised men worldwide in their ill-advised facial hair decisions. Reportedly the quantity of daily kisses received by these men from their loved ones has declined by approximately 98.765842% over the period since 1st November, as many of said loved ones were unable to cope with the fact that there was now a mangy hedgehog where once there had been a male face. Nevertheless, some so-called Mo Bros embraced the challenge with considerable enthusiasm, joie de vivre, and disregard for the sensibilities of small, easily-frightened children.

now that's what i call making an effort

November has often had a bad rap. Some fool named Thomas Hood remarked once,

No sun – no moon!
No morn – no noon –
No dawn – no dusk – no proper time of day.
No warmth, no cheerfulness, no healthful ease,
No comfortable feel in any member –
No shade, no shine, no butterflies, no bees,
No fruits, no flowers, no leaves, no birds! –

However, he is dead and we need pay him no attention. (Incidentally, Wikipedia says he was, and I quote, ‘a humorist’; which just goes to show that you can’t believe everything you read on the internet.)

Reading blogs from NaNoWriMo participants, and seeing around me the effects of Movember, has convinced me that the eleventh month isn’t all that bad. Before you ask, I didn’t write a novel or grow ill-advised facial hair [insert joke about women with taches], but I love all of you who did.

Mo Bros, you may now shave! NaNoWriMoers, you may now stop typing! Everyone, you may now have several cups of tea and two biscuits!

Pee to the Ess: I made the awesome infographic (ok, basic Venn diagram) above using PicMonkey, which is, as they say, photo editing made of win. Also, it’s free. More people need to know about PicMonkey! Get clicking! This means you! Are there enough exclamation marks yet to persuade you to click!

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18 responses to “what HAVE you been doing with yourself?

  1. ipcopymark

    That is an awesome Mo! Fantastic effort.

  2. Ace

    Awesome Venn diagram, haha. I will be using PicMonkey soon. Thanks for sharing!

  3. Definitely a negative correlation with movember ‘staches – the more your male friends approve, the less the ladies seem to appreciate! Thanks for the picmonkey suggestion too, any time you can incorporate a venn diagram, that’s a post worth reading! Exclamation marks!

    • hmm. i feel another infographic coming on, depicting said negative correlation. not every lady in the world disapproves of the ole facial hair scenario, but it does seem to be a thing in many cases.

      picmonkey rocks! they are not paying me to say this! overuse of exclamation marks!

  4. Your writing styles makes me ‘lol.
    Not in a, derogatory, ‘your writing reads like it was written in crayon’…. but in a ‘tee hee, you have rapier like wit’ kind of way.

    I thought I’d clarify that it was a compliment to avoid misunderstanding.


  5. monkeyfacekim

    I will be using PicMonkey very soon, I like the Venn Diagram!
    I lost the use of my hands after writing 20,000 words in a day because I had procrastinated for several days! Not fun!

  6. I agree with monkeyfacekim–that Venn Diagram is awesome! How did I not make the connection before? I knew that NaNoWriMo was in November, and I knew that Movember was in November, but I never did the math to realize that both happened in the same month. Perhaps Thanksgiving is November’s effort to reincorporate these partakers back into society.

    And that Thomas Hood poem is spot-on. I bet all of Thomas Hood’s portraits were painted in November–not a smile on him. A sense of imminent doom looms over me in November as I lose sunlight, warmth, and cash during Christmas shopping sprees. My cure? Natural light lamps, thick (and cute) sweaters, and birthday money.

    • hehe glad you like the venn diagram =D it just dawned on me one day a couple of weeks ago, that these two big month-long things were happening at the same time. i want to find out how many people chose to do both..

      birthday money! well, happy birthday =D i can certainly see how that would help fight the doom and gloom. i also agree with the other cures, and would like to add hazelnut lattes to the list.

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  8. K

    LOVE this post! I did participate in NaNoWriMo…no sore wrists after the first weekend, thankfully…& so glad my hubby doesn’t grow facial hair. I would definitely be in the Venn Diagram circle of no kissing with facial hair…but your pic of the guy’s stache above is awesome!

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