This month, my friends is NaNoWriMo, National Novel Writing Month. I did it in 2009. This is my certificate:

But I’m not doing NaNoWriMo this year, or ever again, probably. At this point in my career I’d much rather write picture books – 50,000 words just ain’t gonna work for a picture book. So… I’m doing NaPiWriMo, National Picture Drawing Month, a contest of my own creation. As far as I know, I’m the only contestant, but that’s OK. I often compete with myself.

The objective is to draw the equivalent of 1,666.666666666667 words per day. That’s 50,000 words divided by 30 days. We’ll round it up to 2000 words a day, which means two pictures per day. One picture, you know, is worth a thousand words.

I didn’t really start until a few days ago, so I’m behind, but I’ll catch up.

Some of the drawings are memories, like this one. A few years ago my friend, Alberta, and I went to see Evo Bluestein at Barnes and Noble.

Some of them are journals. This is the day I waited on hold for over an hour to talk to Social Security. I drew pictures while I waited.

Drawings of things I see every day…

Things like the Mr. enjoying his couch. There was a dog on the couch, but Aunt Carleen came in and Pokey thought she was going to give out treats, so he jumped off before I got to him.

Then there are dreams. I dream a lot and remember many of them.

This was a photo from a friend on Facebook…

… As was this one.

I’ve already posted this one on Facebook, before I made-up NaPiDraMo, but I drew it this month, so I’m including it.

From another facebook photo.

This one and the next one I drew for yesterday’s blog about The Orville. But I didn’t include The Orville drawing because it’s just too wonky. But I challenge myself to finish and post ALL drawings, whether I like them or not. After all, NaNoWriMo is about writing words, not necessarily the BEST words.

Isaac turned out pretty good, though.

The words on the dress sat I wanted to draw something fun so this is me and Lily flying through the sky. Or, words to that effect.