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.
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!