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An Ode to NaNo

October 31, 2010

I’m sad to say that I won’t be participating in NaNoWriMo this year. 2009 was my first attempt and I won with 55,000 words in 25 days. It was a fantastic experience and I hope to join you all next year. I will be cheering you all on from the sidelines. Best of luck to those participating. And remember, any new words in November make you a winner.

And now I leave you with my special “Twas the night before NaNo” poem.


An Ode to NaNo
By Clement Clark Moore and Danielle La Paglia

Twas the night before NaNo when all through the house
Not a creature was stirring, except for this louse;

NaNo badges were stuck to my corkboard with care,
In hopes that midnight would not soon be there.

The family was nestled all snug in their beds,
While visions of word counts danced in my head;

My family in bed without so much as a gripe
And I’d just settled my fingers for a long winter’s type,

When out on the lawn there arose such a clatter,
I sprang from my chair to see what was the matter.

Away to the window I flew like a flash,
Tripped over the cat, hit my head on the glass

The moon on the breast of the newly cut lawn
Gave the luster of midday as I stifled a yawn,

When what to my blood shot eyes should appear,
But a noveling machine and eight volunteers,

With a lightening novelist, so lively and quick,
I knew in a moment it must be St. Chris.

More rapid than deadlines his coursers they came,
And he whistled, and shouted, and called us by name:

“Now Writers! Now, Poets! Now, Creators of Fiction!
On, Authors! On, Critics! On Masters of Diction!

To the depths of your caves! Or your desk in the hall!
Now type away! Type away! Type away all!”

As fresh ideas that before a blank page fly,
When they meet inspiration and mount to the sky,

So up to the housetop the coursers they flew,
The machine full of plots, and St. Christopher, too.

And then, in a twinkling, I heard, it’s no joke
The clicking and clacking of each tiny keystroke.

As I rubbed my sore head, and was turning around,
Down the chimney Chris Baty came with a bound.

He was dressed all in NaNo gear, from his head to his foot,
And his clothes were all covered with toner and soot;

A bundle of plots he had flung on his back,
And he looked like a student just opening his pack.

His eyes – how they twinkled! So shiny and blue!
A fanatic at heart, from that look, I just knew!

His thin lipped mouth was drawn up like a bow,
And the shine on his head gave off a soft glow;

An “All Star” sticker held tight in his teeth,
A golden halo encircled his head like a wreath;

By his side Chris Angotti and even Ms. Lindsey
Who help with young writers, as well as Script Frenzy.

No Plot? No Problem! tucked under his arm,
But the thermos of coffee is what gave him his charm.

A wink of his eye and a twist of his head,
Soon gave me to know I had nothing to dread;

They spoke not a word, but went straight to their work,
And filled up my pages; then turned with a jerk,

And laying his finger aside of his nose,
And giving a nod, up the chimney they rose;

He sprang to his plot machine, to his team gave a shout,
And away they all flew to help more NaNos no doubt.

But I heard him exclaim, as they flew like a shot,
“Happy NaNo to all, and to all a good plot.”

10 Comments leave one →
  1. October 31, 2010 12:29 PM

    Sorry to hear you’re not writing this November. Thanks so much for posting your poem again. I loved it last year, and was so happy to see it again this year. And thanks for cheering us on.

  2. October 31, 2010 1:51 PM

    Oh, that was so awesomely brilliant, I can’t find enough adjectives. I read it to my son, doing YWP, and he loved it too. 🙂

  3. October 31, 2010 5:22 PM

    Ha! Well done!

  4. October 31, 2010 6:36 PM

    @Sexy – Thanks for linking to my poem!

    @Mr. Walker – I’m glad you enjoyed it and ecstatic that you remembered it. 🙂

    @Catherine – I love that you shared this with you son. Too cool! Thanks!

    @Tony – Thanks! 🙂

  5. November 2, 2010 8:27 AM

    Awesome Danni, I’m also not participating, but hopw to use the frenzy to finish what I have already started.

  6. November 29, 2010 7:12 PM

    Love the poem.

  7. November 30, 2010 5:56 AM

    Very cool!


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