It's official: I'm going for it.
Two years ago, I aborted my NaNoWriMo project a few days in, not because I lost inspiration or thought I couldn't meet the goal, but because I felt I had too many other writing projects to put on hold for a month. It was a decision of business and practicality, also taking into consideration the fact that I knew I didn't "need" Nano: I could produce the 1,667 words a day required without it being a mad dash for production.
None of these things have changed. I'm a little less buried in projects, but I still have a novel to edit (Who Wants To Be A Hero?) and a much longer to-do list with being in school. It's been a while since I've produced a few thousand words a day, but I know I'm still capable of working back up to it.
But with all the pressures and deadlines in my life, it's time to set aside what I "have" to do as a writer and just do something I want to do, and having the communal goal of Nano may give me that extra little spark I need to find writing time. I'm also keeping in touch with an online friend who has also committed to giving it a try. Worst case scenario, I get a good chunk of my next project down. Best case scenario ... if all goes well, Unnatural Causes may be a finished novel by the end of November.
Even if I make 50,000 words, I actually don't expect the book to be complete ... but who knows? I'm in the mood to go for it.