Oops, I did it again…The Muskoka Novel Marathon Song

Last night, after believing for the entire spring that I wouldn’t, I registered for the 2018 Muskoka Novel Marathon. It was a harried chain of events that brought me to getting a coveted spot at this year’s novel writing marathon for literacy.

Step 1: Get a DM from Jennifer Turney at around 7:30 last night. “Did you get in?” Wrack my brain for five minutes…did I get in where? Where was I trying to get into? Was this message meant for me?

Step 2: Realize what Jennifer is talking about and DM her back to tell her I’m not doing MNM this year.

Step 3: Spend an hour on the subway thinking, “I really should,” while listening to 80s new wave and getting strange looks.

Step 4: Get home, hear from Michael that there’s still spots left for the marathon. Look at the site map for the seating arrangements and notice MY seat spot is still open. It’s LITERALLY the best seat in the house. This can’t be?!?!

Step 5: Just before bed, Facebook Colum about NOT registering. Hem and Haw.

Step 6: Look at seating map again. MY seat is STILL available. Usually the marathon spots sell out within minutes. The universe is calling. Answer the phone.


So, I will be writing a novel in 72hrs once again.

Details will follow, but suffice it to say…I’m excited, scared, nervous, freaking.


I will be asking for donations soon. We collect about $30,000 a year and all monies collected go directly to the LITERACY PROGRAMS at YMCA of Simcoe Muskoka. We are WRITERS HELPING READERS. I hope you will consider helping! Look for my personal fundraising link soon! Or hit me up this coming SATURDAY at the WCDR meeting! Any amount helps!

One of the many views at the 72hr Muskoka Novel Marathon. This dock is just outside the facility where the writers stay in Huntsville, Ontario!

40 writers + 72 hours = 40 novels and lots of laughs and tears and lots of money for literacy programs!

By Kevin Craig

Author, Poet, Playwright. Author of The Camino Club, Billions of Beautiful Hearts, and Book of Dreams, all from Duet Books, the LGBTQ Young Adult imprint of Chicago Review Press. Other books: Pride Must Be A Place, Half Dead & Fully Broken, Burn Baby Burn Baby, The Reasons, Sebastian's Poet, and Summer on Fire.

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