… and I have no idea how I can keep up the pace.
At around 5AM inspiration struck. Until that time I had been struggling with the task of deciding what to write about for this year’s NaNoWriMo.
A brief explanation for those of you unfamiliar with this concept.
Out in California there lives a group of people … we will call them the Office of Letters and Light … who have as their goal in life the inspiration of potential new writers.
To that end, they sponsor a nonprofit, month-long, free to do, great fun writing spree. And those of us who partake are asked to write 50,000 words … a novel, if you will.
Now reality is, the novel police do not show up at your door saying “Bad Writer … you have written 50,000 words of garbage.” so this is a fairly safe venue for new writers.
As I was last year. Or, as I put in my NaNoWriMo.org intro last year:
Bio, eh? Well, start with (High School Name), add one part (College Name), several parts (Large Corporation Previous Employer) and way too much free spirit and you’ve pretty much got it. Stir well with eclectic music, romantic heart and out-of-the-box thinking (and laughter … don’t forget the laughter.)
Long story … OK not quite that long …. as to why I’m doing this. Last year, after losing the possibility of life with the love of my life, I came out of mourning, as it were, to 4 people in 5 days saying … out of the blue … separately and unbeknownst to each other … “You ought to write a book”. (and no, nobody has said that before to me … well at least not for a few decades).
While telling someone of this spooky coincidence, the conversation was overheard by someone who said “Tomorrow starts National Novel Writing Month … go to nanowrimo.org”.
And the rest, as they say ….
And I began to write … and write … and write …
I wrote the novel featuring a wonderful woman from PA, who was cruelly abandoned by a miserable man from … well, you get the idea.
Once the month was up, I had the writing bug. So, using a blank web site I just happened to have (don’t ask) I continued to write … and write … and write.
I became a writing fool. In more ways than one.
I wrote children’s fables.
I wrote boring rants.
I fleshed out juicy scenes for next years novel.
I poured out my heart.
I laughed …
… and I even got angry.
And I wrote in a private blog section of the site … a web-based diary as it were … virtually every day from the end of NaNoWriMo last year to June 24th of this year when I started the Happy Holly Project.
And I have written here every day since. Yes, I still write there most days, too.
Which brings us to today. I don’t know why I didn’t decide sooner. It makes so much sense. Write what you know, right?
And so this year … for my novel … I decided … at five in the morning of the first day … to write The Texas Linda Stories.
And put them online.
Yes, Texas Linda of the continual references here … Texas Linda of the house renovation, the ice cream, the friend, the granddaughter … that Texas Linda.
Her life has been quite … colorful. And stories deserve to be told. Funny stories. Sad stories. Could only happen to her stories.
So there is now a blog on WordPress … like this one … called The Texas Linda Stories … actually called texaslinda.com. And I have written exactly one page.
With 144 words. Here they are:
Once upon a time … and we all know good stories start this way … there was a young girl born in Texas. She grew up to be an amazing woman. Lives were lived. Fun was had. Tears were shed. And Stories were made.
This blog is about those Stories. They need to be told.
So every day this month, I will be telling some of these stories. This is also being done for this year’s NaNoWriMo project. It’s what got me started on this writing adventure. The month of November. A site. Gallons of coffee. Known in some circles as Writers Fuel.
So please come back from time to time to catch up on the stories … feel free to follow us … or comment. Enjoy!
One hundred and forty-four words.
I didn’t tell anyone.
She has been viewed seven times.
She has seven “likes”.
And three “followers”.
And yes, I know I wrote it and two of the likes are folks who read this, so technically … but no matter … this is going to REALLY be a hard act to follow.
Happy NaNoWriMo everybody. Let the writing begin.
I think this is going to be a great one.