Squirrels in Viking Caps

I've been reading Chris Baty's book, No Plot? No Problem! Baty is the creative/evil genious behind National Novel Writing Month. He's a great writer and he's really funny and from what I can tell by the picture on the back cover of his book he's kind of cute. I have no idea what's going on in his NaNoWriMo profile picture, though.

Yesterday I noticed that the little NaNoWriMo squirrel in the illustration above was wearing a Viking cap (click the picture to see a clearer image on the NaNoWriMo donation page). In Chapter three, Baty writes about "writing totems," something to put you in the creative mode, to signal to yourself and others that you are working. Baty's totem is a plastic Viking helmet.

If you want to know more about Baty, here's a Q & A interview with him by Tim Ljunggrenat at WordSmitten and an interview by Elizabeth Bartlett at Absolute Write.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

How did I miss this post? Is the squirrel Baty? Is that really a squirrel? What kind of animals are these?
Speaking of someone reading a book while on a family trip, I remember someone reading a book, a very thick book, the "Good Mother"?? all the way home from Prince Edward Island (a 15 hour trip) even while on the ferry.
No talking, no looking, just reading.