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NaNo NomNom

It’s NaNoWriMo time! I’ve been pretty slack with writing stories this year. Save me NaNoWriMo! Be the kick in the trousers I want to get me back on track. Which opens us up for the debate about whether or not it’s useful or healthy to rely on external motivators like NaNo in order to develop a habit: on one hand, it’s fun and challenging and gives you a goal and a benchmark to meet. On the other hand, it’s finite and at the end you still only have yourself to blame/reward/hit with a shoe. On the first hand, NaNo can be a great reminder of how much you can get done through just a little bit every day, and committing to writing every day is a fantastic habit. The more I write, the easier it is. Back to that other hand again, NaNo emphasises quantity over quality. Which isn’t always bad, except when it is. Got it?

I like NaNo, but it’s been hard work. When I’m onto a good idea, I burn along and it’s fantastic; when the idea runs out of steam, I start waffling and those bits are hard to write. And, now that I think of it, probably excruciating to read. That’s probably not a bad internal guide: if writing it sucks, reading it probably will too.

After getting halfway through my wordcount target today, I rewarded myself with root vegetables, because THAT’S HOW I ROLL.

My colours are purple and orange, yo.

I’d forgotten how tough a competitor procrastination is. I thought giving myself a halfway break and scratching the COOK SOMETHING NOW itch would shut that little voice up and I’d calmly fulfil my wordcount for the day. That was a dumb expectation. Next thing I know, I’m five browser tabs into bonsai research. Good grief. I frowned at myself and kept writing until I hit the wordcount. Two hours after it kicked off (low temperature and slow roasting is the way to go, maffriends), my NaNoReWard was ready:

Proudly brought to you by what I could find in the fridge.

Yessir. If roasted carrots with caramelised onions aren’t your idea of a reward, then kindly move along. Go bother someone else’s blog.

Amazing Roast Carroty Goodness

  • 1kg carrots (give or take a couple): chop off the caps and quarter.
  • 1 purple onion, chopped into wedges.
  • A wedge of fresh ginger, peeled and finely chopped.
  • 3 tablespoons balsamic vinegar.
  • 5-6 tablespoons vegetable oil (I used canola, but use whatever the hell you want).
  • 2 tablespoons honey (I didn’t have honey, so I used vino cotto. You’re more likely to have honey.

Mix everything together in a baking dish and bake at 160°C for about two hours. You might need to cover it halfway through to stop it drying out. While you’re waiting, write a novel.

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