01 Nov 2009 @ 22:31 

Ok, I have now totally lost it. But that is not unusual for me. I’m not sure I really intend on doing NaNoWriMo, but I’m going to type something tonight – out of the blue – and see where it takes me. Last year it took me nowhere, though I actually had an idea, but in 2006, no idea in hand, words flew out of my head onto the keyboard. I loved it. Those words will probably remain on my home computer. Sometimes one must hide their insanity. Grin.

(Note: I saved this as a draft and pulled up a blank text file and started typing… as in words flew out onto the keyboard. I typed about a page and started laughing at how ridiculous this month will be and decided sleep might be a good thing!)


That said, I had made the decision to resurrect my blogs today, not remembering NaBloWriMo was starting today. Great timing! I’ll post that here.

NaBloWriMo - National Blog Writing Month

And then, Robert Brewer of Poetic Asides is tossing daily prompts at us this month. Prompts I can rarely resist. Those poems get posted in his comments.

If it isn’t midnight where you are, quick, click on the latter two and start writing. If you would prefer to write a novel, you can wait until tomorrow to start…. GRIN.

Come on y’all, let your minds and creativity fly!

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Last Edit: 01 Nov 2009 @ 22:32

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 17 Nov 2008 @ 11:57 

This morning, I wrote 786 words in front of the TV, wasting electricity as I was lost in my writing. But I broke another rule other than energy conservation, I edited my NaNoWriMo novel in the midst of writing… it is supposed to be about free writing, aka, get it down, edit later, tell your inner editor to, quite frankly, “take a hike!” for a month.

Y’all know I rarely edit more than a word or two in my poetry, where on earth did this editor in me come from? Especially since I need to make up for lost writing time!

Now, I have to go get housework or office work done to ease guilt over ignoring it to blog, order things online, waste electricity, break rules, and write.

Wait, where did that come from? This is not the month to suddenly “grow up” and feel guilt! This half of the month is about being thankful, eating, family and friends, giving, and NaNoWriMo fever, writing what is within our heads and hearts!

But then I suppose, the “grow up” and feel guilt could be considered to fall under the category of being thankful, because sometimes growing up enough to feel guilt actually results as yet another way of recognizing just how thankful we should be.

Maybe that is what my character, Sheila was trying to tell me this morning? Maybe not?

Curious? I post random, but carefully chosen, brief excerpts from:

my by-the-seat-of-my-pants, aka, whatever-comes-out-of-my-head-at-the-moment, NaNoWriMo writing, hopefully future novel, “Why Don’t Washing Machines Beep?”.

Oh my gosh, I just this second tied in my title to what I was writing! Quick, Marcia, write it down.

NaNoWrMo month is so perfect for those of us who don’t pre-plan; we get wonderful surprises! Writing is free falling while knowing I have a unbreakable and huge safety net beneath me, and we all know safety is foremost for me.

I hope you have something in your life that brings such a NATURAL high to your life.

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Last Edit: 17 Nov 2008 @ 11:57

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 03 Nov 2008 @ 8:41 

I have so much real life work to do this week, I chose to work on my novel first. (I know, very adult, Marcia.) I write by instinct, without forethought, and yet when my words create characters I don’t expect or go in directions other than I think they might go, I am both ecstatic and surprised.

But surprise also creates trouble in writing a novel that would make sense should anyone read it! With less than a thousand words written, the first character who jumped through my keyboard was lost from view, for her traits were not showing in what happened next, not even a hint.

I laughed, I pondered, I came up with an old idea… that first character must obviously be the character in my third character’s novel.

But, is she? Is she in actuality waiting in the wings to show herself? Is she really the older version of the third character? Could she be the narrator? Is she just the jumping off point to the real novel?

Ay, yi, yi! So many options, shouldn’t I get started sorting them out? NO!

Why did I choose instead to stop to blog about it?

Because, if I were to truly think it out, knowing myself, I would probably do exactly what I just wrote, but in more detail and with extreme frustration. Spontaneity and fun would leap out of my grasp.

NaNoWriMo, for many of us, is about free writing, not over thinking it. Plenty of time for that another month. NaNoWriMo is FREEDOM of our thoughts and from our thoughts.

By blogging about this morning, I will effectively satisfy my mind’s temporary need to over think. It is times like this I am grateful I did not stop blogging, for having met the temporary need to think rationally, I can return to the joy of offering my mind unrestricted access to the keyboard. (Not that I have time now.)

I am free falling again, just like in November, 2006. Free falling with a guaranteed safe landing. What a thrill!

Writing can be the ultimate “Recreational Vehicle”. I am so lucky to have recognized that… and grateful. I hope you have found yours.

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Last Edit: 03 Nov 2008 @ 08:41

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 01 Nov 2008 @ 18:38 

The blinds are blowing in the cool wind, Leon is putting our new small cabinets together for me to stuff with my books and crafts and accounting. The front room of the condo is finally arranged the way we both want it, only art work to go.

And, today is November 1, 2008, the first day of my second attempt at 50,000 words in a month.

I love NaNoWriMo, in part, because it gives me an excuse to write something other than poetry. I don’t have to share it with anyone, not that I haven’t wanted to share sections of my 2006 attempt, there are parts of that I was wonderfully surprised at. They make me smile to this day. That alone was worth the effort, but it was an incredibly awesome experience: you know, the journey is where life really shows its glory. So, any afterglow was/is/will be like winning a lottery.

But, the thrill was that characters made an appearance on the keyboard, that they were sometimes quite clever, that they lived in my mind and honored me by making an appearance, that I was not let down.

Tonight, I sat at Leon’s laptop in an attempt to start this year’s 50,000 words. I had a title, “Why Don’t Washing Machines Beep” – nothing else. As with poetry prompts, words came out: not many, nothing brilliant, but the connection was made with my Muse, my Subconscious, my inner self — whatever you choose to call it. That alone made me smile, grin, and dare to hope that it will continue. So, to be different, each time I write, I will post only one or two sentences I wrote that day… No set up, no connections, just the fun of posting a sentence or two as a future memory. It will be a reminder that my Muse made her presence known when I was stressed over work and misbehaving computers.

Hopefully, yours is visiting, you as well. Enjoy the journey. I’m heading back to MeeAugraphie to post my first couple of sentences. It’s gonna be a fun month for those of us participating.

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Last Edit: 01 Nov 2008 @ 18:38

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