November is National Novel Writing Month. Basically, the premise is you have to write a novel in the course of month. You post your word counts online on a day to day basis and you have a novel by the end of the month. The goal is 50,000 words, roughly equivalent to 175 pages. It is a great way to spur the old dormant creativity and I guarantee that it will spur improvements in other parts of your life. Creativity has a way of doing that.

Therefore, I throw down the gauntlet to anyone who might want to take up this challenge with me. Together, we can flood the literary world with our senseless drivel, our quips, puns, dangling modifiers, and awkward metaphors. Come and join me in November!

By Michael Gallagher

My name is Michael Sean Gallagher. I am a Lecturer in Digital Education at the Centre for Research in Digital Education at the University of Edinburgh. I am Co-Founder and Director of Panoply Digital, a consultancy dedicated to ICT and mobile for development (M4D); we have worked with USAID, GSMA, UN Habitat, Cambridge University and more on education and development projects. I was a researcher on the Near Futures Teaching project, a project that explores how teaching at The University of Edinburgh unfold over the coming decades, as technology, social trends, patterns of mobility, new methods and new media continue to shift what it means to be at university. Previously, I was the Research Associate on the NERC, ESRC, and AHRC Global Challenges Research Fund sponsored GCRF Research for Emergency Aftershock Forecasting (REAR) project. I was an Assistant Professor at Hankuk University of Foreign Studies (한국외국어대학교) in Seoul, Korea. I have also completed a doctorate at University College London (formerly the independent Institute of Education, University of London) on mobile learning in the humanities in Korea.

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