What a somber word, November.
November is the month when daylight becomes more and more limited, clocks get set back to save daylight (which sounds like an oxymoron), and the frost becomes a regular greeting for the days counting up to winter. Yet, why do we call this month November?
Out of curiosity, I did a little research and found out that November (from the Latin novem, which means “nine”) was once the ninth month of the Roman calendar. The name carried over to the Julian and Gregorian Calendars as the eleventh month (somebody can’t do the math?)
November has 30 days, along with three other months, April, June, and September (far warmer months).
In the USA, we have Election Day and November 11 is Veterans Day – but it’s also Remembrance Day in the Commonwealth of Nations and various European countries (including France and Belgium) to commemorate World War I and other wars.
November brings with it a couple of other celebrations: Thanksgiving Day, which is quickly followed by Advent for Western Christians–and the advent of Black Friday and Cyber Monday (for shoppers looking for Christmas gifts).
As for writers, November is NATIONAL WRITING MONTH, and the great NaNoWriMo is now underway. Did you know this annual event began in 1999? In 2014, there were 325,142 participants and more than 250 NaNoWriMo novels have been traditionally published. (That’s a lot of words!)
November might be a month of foreboding that winter and it’s gloomy chill is coming, but for a few hundred thousand writers, there’s warmth and joy in putting down 50,000 words during NaNoWriMo.
May all who participate in that challenge meet their writing goals!