Sci-Fi Song #23: NaNoWriMo

For the uninitiated, NaNoWriMo is the abbreviation for National Novel Writing Month. In a few short years, NaNoWriMo has turned into a national phenomenon, inspiring thousands of authors to write a 50,000 word piece of fiction in the 30 days of November.

I'm no writer, but I was inspired to participate in both 2006 and 2007. For the record, I made it to 50,000 words both years and both novels are steaming piles of turd that no one should ever have to read. The point of NaNoWriMo is to lock up your inner editor and just create. I'm still amazed that I was able to write that much in just 30 days. I've said it before, but the experience of completing NaNoWriMo almost certainly led me to start Sci-Fi Songs.

This song is really a gift to all of my Twitter and Facebook pals that are participating in NaNoWriMo this year. Good luck and may your coffee cup and daily word count runneth over.

I hope you enjoy the song. Please pass it on to all of your friends participating in NaNoWriMo this year.

John Anealio
by John Anealio

This November I'm gonna write a novel in 30 days
and by December, I'll type "The End" on the last page
I've got some music. I've got my shiny new laptop
And now I'll use it as I sit down at the coffee shop

But everybody thinks I'm crazy

But I've only got 50,000 words to go
Before the end of NaNoWriMo
I thought that it'd be easy but its not
Yeah I've only got 50,000 words to go
Before the end of NaNoWriMo
I've got everything I need except the plot

I've got a trusty side-kick. I've got a strong protagonist.
There's a central conflict but a weak antagonist
I've got a cliched setting and at best my plot is trite
but at least I'm getting some time to myself at night


Who decided to have Thanksgiving this time of year?
Don't they know I'm trying to launch my writing career.


Here are some of the tools that I used to record this track
1. Les Paul Studio Electric Guitar in Open D tuning (DADF#AD) panned left
2. Fender Stratocaster Electric Guitar in Standard Tuning panned right
3. Washburn Electric Bass Guitar
4. Trinity College Irish Bouzouki/Octave Mandolin
5. Pearl Bell Kit for the glockenspiel part
6. Rode NT-3 microphone
7. Apple Logic Pro 8 Recording Software
a. Logic's included EVB3 for the organ sound.
b. Ultrabeat for the drums
c. Logic's included Reverb, Compression, and EQ plug-ins.

Here are a few other songs that you may enjoy

1. George R.R. Martin is Not Your Bitch
2. Page 123


  1. Really ...great song, one of my favorites so far.

  2. Ok, this one is going to be huge. I'll be blogging about it when I get home. Congratulations on a great concept and a fun song!

  3. Great tune! Reminds me of the music of Teenage Fanclub and Barcelona.

  4. Thanks Azrra, Glad you like it.

    Tia: Thanks for blogging the link to the song. I hope that everyone that is participating in NaNoWriMo this year can hear it.

    Yedna: Thanks! Barcelona is a group that I've been meaning to check out. Now I'm even more interested in them.

  5. love it :)
    Hope you don't mind, I put a post about it on the NaNo Site (in the Soundtrack area). It's great. *adds it to her NaNo playlist*

    thanks for the work with it ^.^

    And yes, I read about it on Tia's blog *chuckles* thanks for the heads up, Tia.

  6. Hi Jayden,
    I don't mind at all. Thanks so much for posting about it on the NaNoWriMo site.
    I'm happy to hear that you enjoy the song.