A few years ago I attempted NaNoWriMo. For those unfamiliar with what that is, it’s a writing challenge, “National Novel Writing Month“, where would-be authors attempt to write 50,000 words in 30 days. It is a wonderful concept, and I had fun, in spite of falling very short of the 50,000 word mark. I realized, about a week in, that the timing of this challenge… well, to put it bluntly, the timing really sucked for me.
I am a crafter & artist, selling my wares online and at a few shows/fairs. Most of my business happens during the winter holidays. The period between Halloween and the US Thanksgiving is when my focus needs to be on making sure I have enough stock to sell, making sure it’s all photographed, listed, and marketed properly, getting my table displays in order, and all that jazz. November is not the time for me to be spending hours at the computer, typing away on a novel.
So anyway, I failed to complete the challenge, and each year since, I’ve resisted the desire to jump back in. (I found out last year that they now have a NaNoWriMo summer camp, which I may attempt one of these years- same challenge, but during the summer months!)
Recently, I heard about another challenge for November that is quite a bit more in line with the stuff I need to be focusing on at this time of the year. It’s called ‘Art Every Day Month‘, or AEDM for short, and asks the participants to spend some time every day creating some art. The rules are simple and low-pressure, which is really nice, and there is a really supportive and encouraging community vibe to it. I am signed up, and will be giving it my best to complete the challenge.
I’ll be posting the daily images to the Facebook group, and posting completed pieces to my Facebook, G+, and Instagram pages as I complete them. I’m also going to be posting weekly updates here, with the day-by-day photos of what I worked on it the previous week.
To kick things off, here’s what I did yesterday, for day 1. It is not a great photo, and the piece still needs some work done before it’s complete, but I did do my daily art yesterday, and that’s the important part, right?