Nanowrimo ate my soul

That is the name of one of the forum topics at  And oh, it is so very very true.

Things are not going well this year.  I don’t know why not.  Maybe too much has happened this year.  Maybe I shouldn’t have even bothered trying to write a novel.  Heaven knows this one is really really bad.  I mean even worse than the other two.

I am also way way behind.  My word count is only just over 13,000 words.  That is way below par.  And when you are trying to write a novel in a month, being below par is a bad thing.

So, I don’t really know what to do.  I just feel like nothing is happening in this stupid book.  And it is not supposed to be a book about nothing.  I thought it was going to be a romance but it doesn’t seem to want to be that either.

I suppose I could start over.  Come up with something completely different while conveniently hanging onto the 13,454 words I have already written.  I know, that sounds like cheating but it isn’t.  Remember, one of the first rules of The Nano is NEVER DELETE!  Yes, I know I was yelling.  I meant to do that.

Maybe my main character could go on an axe murdering rampage, or decide to become a man, or give up all her worldly possessions and move to a small town in Oklahoma.  I really have no idea.

Sigh.  Maybe I am not going to win this year.  That kind of sucks.



I did not work on my Nanowrimo book at all today.  I was bad.  No, really, I was tired.

And despite the fact that this puts me a whole day behind schedule, I am not even all that panicky about it.  I will make it up.

Tomorrow the Peskies and I are going up to Minneapolis for a day of reckless retail abandon.  We will go to the Mall of America.  We will go to Ikea.  We will eat bad junky food and stay in a hotel.  It will be tons of fun.  And tomorrow night after I make the children turn off the TV in the hotel room, I can play catch-up.  No problem.

30 days and nights of literary abandon

It’s that time again…time for National Novel Writing Month.  This is my fourth attempt and cranking out a 50,000 word manusscript in 30 days.  I have managed to actually complete the task twice.  Hopefully I can do it again this year too.

Unfortunately, this year my idea is even thinner and sketchier than usual.  I am kind of making this up as I go along.  I mean, I suppose all fiction writers make it up as they go along, but this year I am really flying by the seat of my pants.  Or, as they say on some of the Nano forums, “pantsing it”.  I am still not even sure what my main character’s names are, never mind what they are doing.

The good news is, you only have to write 1600-ish words a day.  And really, that is not that hard.  You just have to remember a couple tricks.  First, describe absolutely everything.  Second, never ever wever use contractions.   Also, always say “he said” or “she said” after your character says something.  It seriously breaks up the flow, but it pads your word count and you can always take them out in December.  And finally, never delete anything.

So watch this space to see what happens.  You can keep track of my word count over there on the right.

NaNoWriMo ate my brain

I know, I know, where have I been?  I have been NaNo-ing and while it is going okay, I find it all very distracting.

For example

I was going to go swimming today after the Princess left for school.  I packed my bag, got to the gym, got inside, and realized I did not have my goggles.  Why not?  Because I had loaned them to The Princess on Sunday.  D’oh!  I also did not have my shoes, so I couldn’t do anything else either.

Okay, change of plans. I went to Wal-Mart to pick up a few things we needed.  I grabbed a cart did my shopping and got in line.  I waited patiently, and then put my things on the conveyor belt at the cashier.  Just before she started to ring me up I realized I did not have my wallet.  D’oh again!

I came home, got my wallet, and decided to do my shopping at Target instead of Wal-Mart.  I like Target better anyway.  By then I was hungry, and very stressed out.

The only cure for that is McDonalds.  Then, to add insult to injury, the good people in the drive-thru forgot to give me a straw, so I couldn’t even drink my Diet Coke on the way home.

And I firmly believe none of that would have happened if I had been thinking about my day instead of my characters.  Two more weeks.  I can only hope we all survive.

Today is World Poetry Day

It is.  You can look it up.

So, in honor of Word Poetry Day, here is a poem.  I don’t normally read much poetry, but I have always really liked this one:

This Is Just to Say

I have eaten

the plums

that were in

the icebox

and which

you were probably


for breakfast

Forgive me

they were delicious

so sweet

and so cold

William Carlos Williams