Tuesday, November 1, 2011

uh oh .... something new to try .....

why do all the cool things happen in november ....
like ... thanksgiving.... third thursday of november ....
like ... eat all the reese's out of your kids' treat bags ... nov. 1 ...
like ... eat all the snickers ... nov. 2 ....
like ... fine i'll eat the whoppers on nov. 12th ...
like nanowrimo ... do you remember nanowrimo? i thrilled you with my escapades ...
here's where i'm getting ready to write a novel in november 09 ...
here's where i am CLEARLY delusional about the writing adventure ....
and the half way point of nanowrimo ....
and the post where i declare i CAN do it ....
and my I DID IT post ....
and then... if you keep going to newer posts (because you are so anxious to catch up on what my december 2009 was like) you can see all the commenters asking when that book will be published (soon, right?) ... well ... hope you weren't holding your breath on that one ... the book , which was (is?) titled all i want, is still languishing on multiple computers (so as not to be lost) ... i go through editing frenzies ... i really love chapter 1,2,3 .. and maybe four ... but my ending is week ... my story ark is flat ... i love it ... and want it to be good and publishable ... but try as i might, you can wish something to fully edited ... you actually have to edit it ... and edit it ... and edit it ... and my sporadic stirred in with some crabbiness just isn't getting the job done ... last year for nanowrimo, i considered participating again cause i really truly DID enjoy it .... everyone should have one year of national novel writing month .... it's a pull yourself up by your boot straps kinda thing .... but this year, i got the email, oh november is almost here, and it never crossed my mind to do it ... i need to either fully commit to the last one getting edited and done ... or fully commit to ditching it ... quitting it ... leaving it ... and i'm not ready ... i still like those characters and i really want them to have a better story ark( ... arc ... i think ark fits better but i know it's arc ... ) ...
so ... no oddly syllabled frenzy for me this month ... until ... i catch word ON NOVEMBER FIRST about the existence of another writing todo ... a hooo ha ... a grand hoo ha ... a grand hoo ha of multi syllabic oddness ... yup .. nablopomo ... i spent a bit of time this afternoon looking at the website ... oddly intrigued ... and yep ... i can do that ... i had a big blog lull ... and i've just gotten back into it ... but (BIG.BIG.BIG.CONFESSION.here) i've been cheating ... i sit down and write five or six or TEN blog posts and schedule them forward .. so they post at lovely perfect intervals .... without me having to write every day .... is that cheating? maybe .... in fact, the other post today? i wrote it a week ago ... pretending that i knew what the day after halloween would feel like .... uh huh ... tomorrow's too ... all posted up ... and here goes nablopomo messing up the schedule ...

but i'm in ... all in ... cause i like to write .. and i like to have it so i have to write ... for instance, if i HAD to write every day and edit that last novel, i would be done ... but, don't have to, so i don't ... it's hard, so i don't ... no one's paying attention, so i don't ...

but this? hopefully my pal maryann is paying attention ... i think she's doing a post a day with me ...
less pressure than a novel ... and i'm not giving up on what i've already written .... she too has a novel in the works .. she nanowrimo'd with me ...

so ... just to be official ... what's my favorite thing about writing, day 1question ...
well ...
1.when i talk, someone talks back (except when i'm talking to the dog)  ... writing is much more forgiving ... you can delete and rewrite and edit and get it just so .... so, in some ways, easier than talking ....
2. i have lots to say
3. i love how it feels to be sitting at my computer and thinking stuff up ... i don't think i'd be as good a writer if i were in the olden days with a pen ...
4. three was a lie ... i journal ... and write with a pen all the time ... but it's different writing ... more doodley and more private ....
5.so, if i don't really answer the question, do i get in trouble? i'm guessing not ...

welcome to november ... where once again i say, i think i want to be a writer when i grow up ....


1 comment:

mal615 said...

Yep - I'm paying attention and just posted my first day's post!

I love what I've read of your book, by the way. I'd like to see the rest of it if you're ever in a mood to share.