Blink and the month of September will be over. It will be October, there used to be a time when this month was all about Halloween and pumpkin flavored food. However, times have changed. In October, there is an event called Inktober. It was started by an artist to help improve his drawing skills. It was put out into vast ocean of the internet and it caught on. Inktober has a large following and merchandise. The rules of Inktober is similar to that of NaNoWriMo, you draw pictures for the 31 days and upload them with a hashtag. There is an official theme list to help artists with their drawing, but you don’t have to keep to it. I don’t know as much as I would like to about the project. Although I am not an artist, I admire people who do it and I have attempted to draw on and off. I won’t denigrate myself by saying I don’t have the talent, when it is more like skill, focus and determination. Every three months or so I try, then settle to color (I have over 20 adult coloring books and about 10 sets of 50 coloring pencils). I find them both to be relaxing in different ways.
Another event that is gaining a following in October is preptober, which is preparing for NaNoWriMo. I have already listened to a pre-preptober podcast for NaNoWriMo in November. I am usually late to prepare for Nanowrimo, deciding to join in a week or two days before the first of the month. This time is a little different, I have enough time and I have some an idea about the writing project. I optimistically believe that I can win Nanowrimo this year. I might even draw a picture or two and share. I encourage anyone who wants to participate in these events. A strong sense of accomplishment and the idea that you are not the only lonely artist or writer attempting to make their way over the creative mountain.