Now that the presidential race is finished we can all start to think to our for Race 2009. In someways I find it hard to believe we are ready to roll up to Race 3 but we are. 2008 saw the Racers grow to 40 and we have coped well with the increased numbers. Coffee participation has been good and the rota has worked brilliantly with fantastic topics. Getting to visit the racer blogs is tougher with the bigger group but still seems to be happening. We are all such a huge support for each other so that I'm looking forward to a even more sucessful Racer year in 2009. Just look at Capt. B's wonderful widget to see how well the Novel Racers are doing!
So thinking hats need to be on...
First have you finished this year's race? Did it push to a place you didn't think you'd reach even if it wasn't quite where you'd hoped to be?
Second what Catagories would we like for 2009? Last year we had three:
1. complete first draft
2. complete rewrite
3. finish an already started project
Now - what prizes? Last year it was champagne, books and a chapter crit. What would motivivate you further and faster?
What is your race for 2009?
Have you got the time for the new race? I ask this question because of our eager waiting list people. This gang have added a great deal to our coffees and I know they would like to add more. If you already know that you can't race next year could you think about offering your place in the 'active' racers? By this I don't mean fall away but move to the racer in sabatical mode with a separate catagory on the blog. Attend coffee when you have time, drop by and visit racers as time permits........
This year already has been a fantasic year for the NRs and I know 2009 will be even better. Think forward so that come 1/1/2009 you can be off the starting blocks.