I have figured out a way to try to motivate myself.
It's not so insane as Nano, but it's also a rather decent goal: I've taken on the 500 Words a Day Challenge set forth by inkygirl.
The goal is pretty obvious: I try to write 500 words a day at least 6 days out of 7 for a whole year. That's the plan. And I think it's perfect. It fits my time-frame pretty precisely, since I only have about a year to work with until I'm forced to "grow up" so to speak. I'm putting my declaration of acceptance in my sidebar (I think; first I've got to figure out how to do that) and a word count meter so that I can keep up with how my progress for the year is going.
I've done the math. (And it was devastatingly boring.) There are 365 days in a year and there are 52 weeks in a year. If I'm allowed to take one day of each week to myself, that means there are 52 days I can write nothing. This leaves me with 313 days where I absolutely have to write at least 500 words in order to keep up with the challenge.
Now, assuming I keep up - by the end of a year, I'll have 156,500 words written.
156,500 is therefore my goal for the end of a full year. This is what I want to have accomplished by next July 3rd. I'm nervous, but I think I can actually do it if I am determined and can keep pushing myself instead of losing steam. Nano is hard enough, so this will really be difficult. Whether or not I will include my Nano word count in this final tally, I haven't decided. We'll see what happens.
Okay, guys. WISH ME LUCK. *dies*