It's November so…

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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.

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!

NaNoWriMo 2008

Today is the one day I have (because I’ve been a bit lazy) to prepare my whatevers to get ready for this year’s NaNoWriMo, which starts tonight at midnight. I’ve decided that the baggage that comes with midnight on Halloween is a welcome addition to the mix. After all, if you can’t think of anything else to write about, you can write about those Hershey bars (with almonds) that your husband has hidden somewhere in the house. Well, knowing that I’d eat them until I made myself sick, he had a good reason for hiding them.

We just have enough for the kids in two of the neighboring houses. Our street is so hidden that we never get any kids other than those. Buck, however, always buys a pile of candy around early October, just to make sure. Just in case. Right.

Now I shall quit obsessing about chocolate bars and set up some writing help for NaNoWriMo. This year, I’m using a program called Scrivener. Looks good so far.

Nanoing again

Shirl asked me a couple of comments ago whether or not I’ll be doing Nanowrimo again this year. I think I probably will. November keeps creeping up on me with its contest, year after year. Also the last time I completed the contest, I was a week away from being diagnosed with cancer.

The cancer’s not back or threatening or anything, but I would like to add this small victory to all my other victories. You can never have too many victories, not the real kind that you work for. That’s my story.

First day of November

… And the first day of NaNoWriMo. I’ve had the first sentence done for a few weeks now, just waiting for the contest to start already.

Well, now it has, and now I am writing in earnest. I will probably be writing in here less. At least, I think I will. The blog will certainly be a wonderful way to avoid my “real” writing duties.

Now, back to the salt mines, as they say …