All the folk out there who know what NaNoWriMo is are either full-on, flat-out participating … or not. For all the folk out there who don’t know what NaNoWriMo is, it’s this.
Just about everyone I know and her cat, (and a lot of folk I’ll never know or meet) are either participating, or blogging about it. Pro’s and con’s abound. (a Google search comes up with almost 6 million hits) My opinion, and then I’ll move on. In three words, ‘It has value.’
Moving right along …
“Never Tell Me the Odds”
Odds of winning.
You hear it all the time … the odds of winning? “A million to one” “Impossible” “Too high”, or just numbers, “10,973,172,369.74 to 1”, which is a number that only a computer or a mathematical savant could comprehend.
You buy a lottery ticket and know your chances of winning are miniscule … or are they?
Consider the moon. When a full moon appears just above the horizon it’s so big it looks as though it’s about to crash into the earth. A few hours later, now high in the sky, its shrunk to half its size … or has it?
What these two scenarios have in common is Perception.
One is visual; we know that the moon doesn’t change, but we choose to believe what our eyes tell us. (it makes for much better story-telling that way)
The other is societal; we’re told (by folk who don’t believe in magic) that we probably won’t win that lottery, but still believe we might.
Really, it’s all about how we choose to perceive something, that influences how we respond to it. Those choices are influenced by our environment (the un-believers of magic), but ultimately it boils down to what we choose to believe in, in this singular moment of Time.
The lottery ticket, finishing that novel and getting it published, whatever we decide … The truth of it is, it’s a 50-50, even money, bet.
We either will … or we wont.
Note to self: Check that lottery ticket that’s been sitting in my wallet for a couple of months. I’ve either won … or I haven’t.
“ Part of it went on gambling, and part of it went on women. The rest I spent foolishly” – George Raft