To all those participating in National Novel Writing Month: good luck!
In spite of having a novel-length project ready to start, I will not be participating this year. This year is the first year I’ve tracked both words and hours, so I know that writing the 1700 words a day required for NaNo would be a full time job for me, and I already have a full time job . Further, I know that I have never written that many words in a day, even when I was deeply involved in a project. So reaching the goal would require a radical change in my writing process, and it’s not a change that I either need or desire to make.
However, since it is National Novel Writing Month, I will be working on the novel-length project, plodding along at my 250 word/hour pace. I won’t be crossing the finish line with all the NaNo hares, but I hope to cross it eventually, turtle-style.
 And I am very relieved that the government reopened so I could keep my job. If the government had stayed closed, I was planning on making NaNo my full time job and seeing how that worked out. I’m glad to not be doing that experiment.