An alcoholic is someone you don’t like who drinks as much as you do.

Whether you’re participating in NaNoWriMo this year or not, please know that November 4, next Saturday, is NaDruWriNi, National Drunken Writing Night. In other words, it’s your yearly chance to crack open your favorite beverage, type away madly and lushly, and participate in the long heritage of faculty-impaired writers.

I did this last year and plan to participate again. It’ll add an extra element of chaos to my new novel. I note that my tolerance for intemperance beverages drops with each passing year, so I don’t know how many hours/drinks I’ll be able to put in. But check back in then for live updates — and then check in the following day to appreciate the aftermath. (Note to self: Purchase extra bourbon within the next week. And a keyboard cover.)

Special note for those who abstain from intoxicating beverage: As others have ably shown, you can enjoy the event without bending your rules. Tune in and see what transpires.