National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) is Coming!

It is time to buckle down and prep for NaNoWriMo!

(I’ve actually been prepping since this summer when an idea came to me, and I started running to and fro with it.)

This year I am writing the first book in a series of mysteries. I was inspired by the audiobook work on the Viola Roberts Cozy Mysteries Series. This November I will be exploring the community of period re-creation societies and what sorts of things can go wrong putting together a little weekend event.

Maybe that sounds SUPER BORING to you, but I guarantee it isn’t. Organizations like Renaissance Faires, The Jane Austen Society of North America, and the Society for Creative Anachronism began as all-volunteer groups that functioned solely because their members LOVED them. People devoted thousands of hours, the sweat of their brow, maybe a little blood, and for sure bucketloads of tears to keep these organizations running.

I have served on a few different non-profit boards. Some were historical and costume related; some related to things like conservation and animal care. I volunteer for a variety of organizations and I’ve run a lot of events.

During various stints, I have met people passionate enough to participate in non-profit guidance. Most of them are wackos, like me. Participating on a non-profit board attracts certain people with a unique set of KSAs (knowledge, skills, abilities). There is a desire to serve within the non-profit sector that keeps members involved in a unique way…a way that often includes entanglement so deep that a person’s self-concept and self-worth, not to mention social support group, becomes completely enmeshed.

The personalities and politics within communities of people wedded together by a shared geekery fascinate me. What happens when diverse individuals have to work together just because they have one thing in common? And what happens when a truly EVIL person is thrown into the mix of a lot of good hearted, quirky personalities…I can’t wait to start writing and find out! Bwahahahaha!!!!

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