Saturday, October 30, 2010

Obligatory NaNoWriMo Post

With the dawn of NaNoWriMo almost upon us writers everywhere are battening down the hatches. They're stocking up on fuel and saying goodbye to spouses, kids, friends and pets. They've done trials to see how long they can write without coming up for air. There are corkboards full of ideas and marked up character sheets all over the world. Creativity and inspiration are set to explode in households everywhere, as long as they can keep that pesky Writer's Block from crashing the party.

Many attempt it and like a squad or recruits sent to basic training, only the strong survive. Some can't find the balance between family and writing. Some intimidate themselves by pausing too long to think about the enormity of the project. Some don't have a story idea.

I have not yet had the opportunity to partake in the NaNoWriMo festivities. This year I'm polishing my current MS so it looks showroom new in time for the Big Sur Workshop in early December. I would love to be in a position to try it someday.

"There's a plaaaace for us (NaNoWriMo),
a time and plaaaace for us..."

Anybody giving it a go this year?

Sunday, October 17, 2010


I am, quite simply, exhausted. We took our 8th grade students to Washington D.C. last weekend and it has been a game of "catch up on sleep" ever since. Problem is, work doesn't stop. Schoolwork doesn't stop. Social life doesn't stop. Housework doesn't do itself. This book doesn't write itself. So when it's all said and done, I'm not getting any more sleep than usual, which is not enough. Oh well. C'est la vie.

I have about 50 days before the Big Sur Workshop in December. The more I read about the workshop the more excited I become! I can't wait, but I definitely need those 50 days to get ready.

In my freetime (HA!) I'm daydreaming about what car I would get if I were able to swing it. My Honda Civic EX is making death rattles but I'm going to push it as far as it will go. I'm not into flashy cars. I just want reliability. What cars do you all drive? Are you happy with them? Are you happy with the service of the manufacturer?