THE 8 STAGES OF NANOitis
Stage 1: Giddiness
The participant has just signed up.
Symptoms: Feverish excitement, the desire to spend thousands of dollars on needless office supplies, frequent bursts of "Whoppee!!!" and declarations that they are finally a writer.
Treatment: Nod indulgently and begin making plans for the month of November that will take you away from your loved one.
Stage 2: Shock with frequent bouts of Denial
The participant realizes November 1st is actually going to come and doesn't exist in the distant future.
Symptoms: moaning, chills, repetition of the question, "What have I done?", fear of the computer, irritability when well meaning loved ones say things like, "Who told you to sign up for it anyway?", incessant complaining
Treatment: Don't say, "Who told you to sign up for it anyway?", offer words of encouragement, and make certain you stay away from this person for the upcoming month
Stage 3: Panic
Also known as the official start of NANO. Reality has set in.
Symptoms: fever, complaints of vague aches and pains, staring into the white screen of a blank document, spiritual shivering
Treatment: There is none at this stage. Don't suggest starting at the beginning, this could send them into a downward spiral. Offer encouragement but from another room or better yet by email.
Stage 4: Anger
This is where Chris Baty, founder of NANO, will begin to experience a lot of negative energy coming his way.
Symptoms: rage, tantrums, tears, foul language, and some have reported talking in tongues
Treatment. NONE! STAY AWAY. Take a trip, don't answer your phone or emails from this person. It will only end badly.
Stage 5: Bargaining
Self pity and prayer.
Symptoms: a tendency to beg and offer up empty promises, the participant will begin smelling pretty rank at this time and looking ragged on their diet of Cheetos and left over Halloween candy, more tears
Treatment: for those strong enough offer a comforting pat on the back but be careful the participant can slip right back into Stage 5- anger.
Stage 6: Depression
Symptoms: wandering and mumbling aimlessly, head on desk with more crying but this time silent
Treatment: Enjoy the fact that they are leaving you out of this mess. Get some early holiday shopping done. You might want to pick up some air fresheners and discreetly place around the participant.
Stage 7: The Last Stage
The little engine that thinks perhaps...
Symptoms: zombie-like trance, auto typing (as in 'All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy'), loss of hearing and speech, grunting, and dangerous flatulence from too much candy corn. There would be tears but by this stage the tear ducts are non-functioning.
Treatment: Get away. No one should see someone they love this way.
Stage 8: The End
12:00am December 1st
Symptoms: snoring, drooling and more flatulence
Treatment: towel under the head, drool can screw up the keyboard.