‘Tis the eve of NaNoWriMo and I am proud right now of my decision to avoid the whole thing this year.

I have real projects to work upon.

It's November so…

I write at lunch
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It must be time for NaNoWriMo again. I’m in it for the fourth year in a row. I haven’t talked to Shirl yet, but I hope she joins up again. It’s nice having company on this trek through words and psyche.

I am also trying to get used to the shift back to normal time and away from Daylight Savings Time. Speaking of “time,” maybe that’s a good theme. Then again, any large, expansive noun like that makes for a good theme.

If you’re also doing NaNoWriMo, let me know. The more, the merrier, to coin a cliché.

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NaNoWriMo takes over

Even if you were to ask me, and no, this isn’t a covert fishing expedition for compliments on my writing, I would not show you what I am working on for NaNoWriMo. It’s just a great pile of stuff. I am putting down memories of my family so that Peter can have them. Peter, as well as Buck and I, have been estranged from my side of the family for a long time — details are too voluminous for a blog post. :-O 

But I slog away at it, and am getting some mental benefit from it beyond the “Yay! I made my word count!” elation each day. This is worth the effort of getting it all down in a document.

I have decided that it’s a good thing for a parent to do, to put his or her life down on paper, or on disk, for the children. I’m hoping to give Peter a sense of what my family is, where he came from.

Furious at writing

Today, I am at Lookout Joe‘s, trying furiously to catch up to my appropriate daily word-count. :coffee: 

Shirl has zoomed right on by me; my only excuse, however lame, is one that calls upon the principles of celestial dynamics: Shirl lives farther to the north than I do, and so her nights are longer. I’m really very good at coming up with excuses when I need to.

Maybe it would help, though, if I quit writing in the blog and got to work.


Election Day post #3: NaNoWriMo

One thing I have to admit is, that in light of today’s being Election Day, and my ensuing obsession with watching the election coverage, I might not get today’s word-count in. I apologize in advance to Shirl, who is probably typing away furiously now.


The good thing about its being Election Day: one is never at a loss, for this whole 24 hours, for a topic of conversation.

What I am rolling with

By the way, I’m using StoryMill now, not Scrivener or the old Underwood typewriter pictured in the previous post. The writing is… going. The NaNoWriMo server, however, is bogged down in its usual early-days slump.

Already started

Yes, I already have started the NaNoWriMo writing. I am writing a memoir of sorts for Peter’s consumption. Y’all may get bits and pieces of it as entries here, and then again, you may not. You take what you can get. :nerd: 

I had been going to use some of the writing down of memories that I’ve been doing the past couple of months, but no, today I did the right thing and started afresh. Yay me!