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And what the heck are they any way?

You have to love posts on Facebook. Here I was getting ready to write a blog entry on something political. Funny, but political.

It can wait till tomorrow. I plan to do something that will make me even happier than what I had in mind for today. And its political, too.

But while out on good old Facebook looking for the picture that got me started, I saw a post from Nanowrimo.


The site sponsored by the Office of Letters and Light … the folks who got me started down this road to … well, to wherever I am going … writing-wise.

For those of you not familiar with OLL, they are a nice group of folks in California.

We believe in ambitious acts of the imagination.

The Office of Letters and Light organizes events where children and adults find the inspiration, encouragement, and structure they need to achieve their creative potential.

Our programs are web-enabled challenges with vibrant real-world components, designed to foster self-expression while building community on local and global levels.

They do NaNoWriMo.

For those of you who are not familiar with Nanowrimo, it stands for National Novel Writing Month. There is some controversy about whether it is pronounced Nano-wree-mo or Nano-wry-mo. I prefer the first, since that’s how I first heard it pronounced. But I think the second is the officially approved pronunciation.

National Novel Writing Month. November. In which you are challenged to take the entire month and write a novel … consisting of 50,000 words or more.

Nobody said it had to be the next Great American Novel. Which is a good thing, considering my writing skill. And trust me, it is better now than it was in November of last year when I first gave this writing thing a shot.

At the time I was in great heartache and trying to find ways to cope with it. So I started to write. And have not stopped to this very day.

There was no particular style back then. Well, no more than just me venting my spleen. Thin plot line. Wonderful woman from … well, from here is treated badly by a lawyer from … well where he is from.

What a coincidence.

I wrote small introductions of each character. I wrote an introduction. I wrote a few funny scenes based on the premise of the novel. And I wrote some scenes in which some of the various characters come to terms with their situations.

Not really a novel in the read-this-and-tell-me-what-you-think way of a novel. Or in the please-publish-my-book way of a novel. More like the this-will-help-me-vent-and-my-counselor-likes-the-idea way of a novel.

But style? Never gave it a thought.

And now, today, I am asked if I am a Pantser, a Planner, or a Percolator. As though I might know what those terms actually mean. Not.

So I looked it up.

Seems a Pantser is someone who writes by the seat of their pants. Well, there are parts of my writing that are like that. After all, for only around a thousand words a day here, they pretty much write themselves. That would be something like a Pantser, right?

How about a Planner … that would be someone who plans out an outline of how the story is going to flow … and then writes the story to fit the outline. That sounds like way more work than I have been doing. Although I usually do have a pretty good idea of how things are going to flow.

Somehow I missed the ongoing discussion last year in which people signed up as belonging to one camp or another. I was just enamoured of the whole idea of writing and meeting folks from all around the world who were doing the same.

But a Percolator? What was that? Seems that, according to the author of the article, a Percolator is someone who ” … let the drips of a story filter through my mind over a long period of time, letting it steam and swirl about without determining it.” It seems to be helped along with a Moleskine notebook in your hip pocket.

I have a fifty cent spiral pad in my purse. Does that count?

In all honesty, I am probably more of a Procrastinator than any of the other three. I have been working on … or rather thinking about working on … the refinement of the novel whose parts I wrote last November … for almost a year.

script_frenzy_2011_merch_130x211_v3And suddenly, it came to me … as I looked up here at the desk in front of me … where I sit daily and write on my PC.

There was my trusty mug,

The one I got earlier this year from Script Frenzy … the sister project to NaNoWriMo. Also sponsored by OLL. Also with a writing project as a goal for the month.

It plainly states on the mug that this mug … this coffee mug … is filled with Writer Fuel. Coffee.

Percolator it is.

Was there ever any question?