Well, gang, we’ve arrived at Halloween. BOO!
Among the things I don’t discuss is politics or elections. They have enough air time as it is. I choose to think of other things.
My usual writing group has made a shift in our approach to keeping the group together and alive. For writers everywhere, this is NaNoWriMo time.
In case you don’t recognize the acronym, it’s National Novel Writing Month. Every November, writers around the globe gather online to talk craft, goals, and how many words they’ve written each day. The goal is 50K by Dec. 1st. Yep, for those who don’t write, that’s 200 pages in thirty days.
In recent years, may of us have turned the month into another type of goal-oriented gathering. We write, rewrite, edit, or outline our way through projects new and old. Some of us work on non-fiction as well—a memoir, expose, etc. It’s amazing what types of projects one can find among the writers’ cabins on the NaNoWriMo website.
In my own group, we have one gal who’s taking a second-place winning script and novelizing it. Two others are working on a new novel. One of them already has a few and some scripts under her belt. The other has a published mystery, another mystery edited and ready for shopping. Our resident memoirist is putting together a book of essays dealing with Dharma and personal growth.
Me? I have two projects (both smaller) on my docket. The first is a twelve-story series, where each story runs between 2-3,000 words. The other is a literary novel, presently titled “Lessons from the One Called Silence”. I may or may not get finished before the end of November, but it will be well begun.
These two projects have been on my mind for much of this year and I couldn’t resist the challenge of working on both when November rolled around on the calendar.
As for how the rest of my life is going—well, let’s just say I’m not starting any fires with my speed. I just want to make it through the end of the year, and then worry about other, less important things.
And there you have it. My activity planning for the nonce. I hope your coming holiday period keeps you safe, happy and productive.
Take care, all. Hang in there.
I’ll write here as I can. Until then, a bientot,
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