Is it NaNoBrain, or Something Else? And ROW80

NaNoWriMo 2013 ParticipantI have had one of those weeks where I’ve forgotten everything, it seems. I forgot two people’s birthdays–one of my best friends’ from college, and a relative who’s also a writing friend. (Still need to contact the relative…  😳 )  I forgot about Election Day, until Mr. Goodwrench reminded me of it the night before. Luckily, there wasn’t much on our ballot, so I read up on the items at work and stopped by the thankfully-deserted polls on the way home. I would have forgotten a get-together with former and current coworkers if one of them hadn’t texted me earlier that day. I would have forgotten to pick up my Market Day food order, if the coworker who runs it hadn’t mentioned it, and I hadn’t entered a reminder in my smartphone (thank you, Cozi!).

But one thing I haven’t forgotten is my writing. NaNoWriMo has gone well so far, though it’s been a push at times (and isn’t it supposed to be?). Maybe my brain’s so full of fictional people and events that they’re taking over the real world stuff? Or is it just the fact that I’m getting close to “a certain age?” Enquiring minds, you know…

ROW80Logo175Luckily, I did not forget my ROW80 check-in either, so here it is:

  • 12,000 words on WIP – Done!
  • Keep up with lessons and homework for Promotions workshop – Done!
  • Refine layout of Shopping Cart page for family member’s web site – Partial–this ended up being more extensive than I thought, but I made good progress.
  • Fitness 4 times, no matter how short – Partial (I got 3x in)

Since those are working for me, but still challenging, I”ll stick with the same goals this week. Oh, and add one more: A book cover design. This is for someone who’s not only a good friend, but also my Ideal Reader, so it’s a must. It’s also going to be a fun project, and she’s given me some excellent direction, so I’m looking forward to working on it.

What about you–do you find yourself forgetting things when one becomes more dominant in your life, or do you think it’s just age? If you’re doing ROW80 and/or NaNoWriMo, how are you doing? If you’re not, do you have other goals you’re working on, and how are those going? Please share–I’d love to hear from you!

Jennette Marie Powell writes stories about ordinary people in ordinary places, who do extraordinary things and learn that those ordinary places are anything but. In her Saturn Society novels, unwilling time travelers do what they must to make things right... and change more than they expect. You can find her books at Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Smashwords, Kobo, iTunes, and more.

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  1. In my case, it’s just age. I’m at the point now where I walk into a room and have no idea why I went there in the first place. I usually figure out why after I leave and get settled somewhere…

  2. I think I’ll blame it on NaNo. 🙂 12K is fantastic. You’re definitely focused and making progress. I’m just shy of 18k. I’m doing much better this year than last year. I still have to work at though, it’s a definite struggle – one I still have to go through today!:)

  3. Yes. My husband joked the other day he was going to pin a note to my shirt (for something he wanted me to remember that of course, escapes me now). I said, I’d probably forget the note was there! 🙂

  4. SJ, this was all involuntary, LOL!

    John, I’ve been doing that since I was a little kid. Now I really wonder what my excuse is!

    Anne, 18k is fantastic! And blaming NaNo sounds good.

    LOL Coleen, I used to lose notes, too. Definitely a problem, so I’m really glad for smartphones – and I have to put mine *in* my purse, or I forget it, too!

  5. Definitely sounds like writer’s brain. I always get like this when I’m deep in drafting mode. Forget just about everything. If I didn’t have at least 1 kid home with me all the time, I might forget to eat(hopefully my stomach would remind me at some point).

    Sounds like you’re doing great! Good luck this week!

  6. oh I’d blame it on nano def.:) age ? nah you are young yet girl – after all with the expected life span of 120 + just around the corner middle age for insance wouldn’t start untill one was well into ones 60s and I would instantly not be elderly:) well done on nano and all the best for this week:)

  7. I don’t think it’s age yet–at least not for you! When writing takes over, many other things fall by the wayside. I’m not doing NaNo, but trying to finish up a WIP. That, plus my age, causes me to forget why I go to the closet, the pantry or the other room!