Other than the Card of the Day, posts have been pretty scant here this month. Those of you who follow me on Facebook know that I participated in NaNoWriMo again this year. Each year in November, National Novel Writing Month is a challenge in which the goal is to write at least 50,000 words. Thankfully, I met my goal. In 2011, I participated in NaNoWriMo for the first time and met my goal, but that’s where it stopped.
Since 2011, my novel has been sitting there not only unfinished, but untouched. Just yesterday, I learned that December is NaNoFiMo…National Novel Finishing Month. So, I decided to dust off my work from 2011 and will be working on that in the month of December. Of course, I’ll need to come back later to finish my work from this year, which was non-fiction, and I will.
For now though, there is a burning desire to finish the story which has been bouncing around in my head since I was in my 20’s. Confession time…I was ready to just let the story go…but in a recent conversation with my awesome writer friend Jules…well, she’s just awesome all around, she let me know that it would be a mistake to let go of something which had kept resurrecting itself for that many years. She was right!
There is a part of me which wonders if I am a glutton for punishment to jump into this right on the tail of November’s mad rush, however I see the benefit of striking while the iron is still hot. My imagination is still turned on pretty nicely, and my old characters are beginning to come back to life in my mind again. They pop up at the strangest times. The scenes and conversations have flitted through my mind as I stir my dinner on the stove. They’ve even invaded the shower…so, the message is clear…they will not be ignored.
Other than writing, I still managed to fit a few readings in. There was a little play with art projects too, to help me to stay sane. For December, I can honestly tell you in advance that the posts, other than the cards, will likely be few and far between again…but you never know. I’ve had to scale things back a little here and there, because in addition to the writing I’ve also been trying to keep up with three classes. One of those classes has needed to take a back seat and I’ve learned to be okay with that. Lucky for me, the person who leads the class understands that I just cannot give proper attention to this many things simultaneously and still feel human.
Please, do not think that I am complaining because honestly…diving into my writing like this is a lifelong dream. So, while my days and sometimes nights are mostly spent with my fingers flying across the keyboard…or with me sitting here not knowing where to go next…it is wonderful! It is feeling as though I’m finding more balance in my life than ever before…and doing more of the things that make me feel alive.
I’m still available to do some readings here and there, so please feel free to ask, and we’ll get something scheduled. Thank you all for staying with me. Know that you are appreciated! These next words may come across as just something that people say…but I mean them…from the bottom of my heart. Over the years, I’ve gotten to know several of you…some through comments…others on Facebook…and others still outside of the online world…and it has been fantastic. Each and every one of you has enriched my life, and I thank you.