A Mother’s Shopping Guide for NaNoWriMo

A Working Mother’s Shopping List for Surviving NaNoWriMo

  1. Buy 30 pairs of socks and underwear for each member of your family. You won’t have much time to do laundry and while your family can wear their other clothes several times, they should at least have clean undies. You will thank yourself later.

  2. Buy vitamins. They help replenish the lost vitamins and minerals when you stop cooking. Remember, hot food really isn’t necessary, and cooking gets in the way of writing. Children can, indeed, get their daily nutrients from sugary cereal, bologna, and hot dogs. Cold hot dogs. It’s fine. You don’t need to feel guilty because the vitamins will keep them alive for the month.

  3. Stock up on anything that can be cooked in the microwave and teach all the children how to use both it and the can opener. It’s not bad parenting. Such independence is a necessary life skill and can even be taught to young toddlers. It helps them learn their numbers, and every child should know their numbers. And don’t worry, they probably won’t catch anything on fire. (The fact that my own kids somehow managed to turn fish sticks into mini fireworks last year was a fluke and shouldn’t happen to you.)

  4. Make sure you take care of your significant other as well. Get a body pillow to place next to your love so you can sneak away and write late at night. Maybe even get him a pet. He’ll need the companionship. You may also want to put a current picture of yourself on the nightstand so that when you emerge from the writing frenzy on December 1st, he knows who you are. After all, he’s only seen the back of your laptop for an entire month.

  5. Turn off the sound on your phone. You really don’t need those calls and messages from your loved ones. Ignore them and type. You can post a few updates to reassure them you aren’t dead and brag about your word count. No one will think it’s strange. Besides, do you really need that many friends? One of the hidden benefits of NaNoWriMo is that you’ll find out who your true friends are and run off all those pesky relatives you don’t like. Trust me on this.

  6. Caffein. ‘Nuff said. You’ll need it in every form and fashion. You may think you have enough, but you don’t. If you do NaNo right, you should shake from caffein withdrawal for a minimum of two weeks. (Personal note: caffein works best when coupled with chocolate. So plan on eating an equivalent amount of it.)

  7. Yoga pants (see the chocolate comment above).

  8. A cushion for your sore butt. All kidding aside, I use a small blow up pool ring. Trust me, it’s going to hurt.

  9. Finally, bring a dream big enough to match all the pain and sacrifice outlined in numbers 1 through 8 above. You need the dream more than anything else. Make sure it’s a big one because little ones just won’t cut it.

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One Response to A Mother’s Shopping Guide for NaNoWriMo

  1. abbyweyr says:

    Really nice timing for this right after reading latest chapter of Virginia’s Arms story — balances the cliff hanger she left us with. Along with the dream you clearly demonstrate a good sense of humor that likely helps along the way. Best wishes to you and your family. Take care.

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