I’m doing Nanowrimo (National Novel Writing Month) this year, despite not realizing it until about four days in. I’m already way behind, but I’m not giving up. Even if I don’t finish it in November, I hope to at least get a detailed outline done. I’d really like to write a novel. I’ve resisted it by thinking, “well, I could write a book on magic and get some money,” but no matter what those don’t bring in that much. So why not amuse myself, do something for the intrinsic reward, and not worry about cash? Of course, I did write my books on magic for the intrinsic reward; I’ve never had an illusion about how much money a writer makes. But writing a novel is a crazy, kind of irresponsible thing for an academic to do. So — I’m doing it.