NaNoWriMo2016 and more

shield-nano-blue-brown-rgb-hiresWell, I managed to miss a few days already this week on my blog…but I don’t know that I’m even aiming to post something daily. I’m still working through how I’d like to utilize this site, so I didn’t miss anything. That’s a much healthier way to consider things.

Here are a few thoughts for today.

I’ve been doing much more writing recently, and am ecstatic that I’ve been able to do so. Just an idea of what I’m working on now:

  • an article on relationships/patriarchy/acceptance [which has grown far beyond the scope of the initial proposal, and will either morph into a series of articles or a larger piece for additional publication],
  • a new novel [more on that below],
  • a short story on memory,
  • various poems,
  • posts for this blog,
  • and soon, though not quite yet, my final edits to my first novel.

As you can see, I’ve had something of an artistic revival, for which I am very excited. My fiance has also been supportive, helping me hash out concepts and ideas, reading as I write, and offering feedback and potential edits, which not only helps the work improve but also helps keep me inspired. Something important is happening…and I am thrilled.

Yes, you read correctly in the list above, I am finally working on a new long piece of fiction. It’s an idea I concepted several years ago, tentatively titled “Trying, Again. Peytor’s Story.” I won’t reveal much about the actual piece at the moment, but the story of how I got started…it all boils down to NaNoWriMo. National Novel Writing Month. This is an annual event, in November of each year, which I’ve participated in two times previously. I hadn’t planned on trying this year, but yesterday, as I saw other writers post about it, I began to feel inspired. But I had no project on hand that would fit the NaNoWriMo model. So I pulled out some old ideas, and one particular concept clicked. It’s perfect for a number of reasons. The project is begun, and I’m happy to finally be working through it. Hopefully I’ll have some interesting excerpts to post over the course of the month.

What is NaNoWriMo? You can get plenty of information on their website: In brief, to quote said website: “National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) is a fun, seat-of-your-pants approach to creative writing. On November 1, participants begin working towards the goal of writing a 50,000-word novel by 11:59 PM on November 30. Valuing enthusiasm, determination, and a deadline, NaNoWriMo is for anyone who has ever thought about writing a novel.”

I plan to include my NaNoWriMo word-count on each post this month. At this moment, I have 1,190 words.

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