Back from the NaNoSphere

My goodness, it’s been an interesting month.  I’ve been immersed in the NaNoWriMo  “write-a-novel-in-a-month” challenge, and just finished!  I’m so relieved.  For a while it seemed like it wasn’t going to happen, couldn’t, surely wouldn’t.  It wasn’t that my novel didn’t turn me on.  It just seemed like I was going to let the sticky net of daily life and family relationships, combined with what is for me a high-maintenance holiday, throw me off course.

Luckily, the intrinsic fascination of the story I am telling exerted an equal and opposite magnetic force, and with a little of my own will power thrown in, the balance tipped in favor of getting the required 50,000 words pounded out before the end of November 30, 2011.

And now it seems like just the beginning, because the characters are starting to become real people, the story has taken on its own twists that have taken me, its author, by surprise, and I find myself eager to keep on writing so I can find out what happens.

Hmmm.  That does sound familiar.  I must go and read my “About” page again.

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  1. Welcome back! I’m glad that you accomplished your goal. And I’d love for you to continue writing it. I hope that one day, I’ll be allowed the privledge of reading it.

    • Thank you! I’ll be posting excerpts. It’s actually a very frightening book, for me anyway. I took a set of avatars from my life and essentially raised them from the dead, so that they can play out the dramas of the true stories that are too horrific to tell. And yet I find that telling them in this indirect way is wonderfully effective at encouraging them to lie back down in their nice cold graves and have a long-no, make that forever-sleep.

  2. It sounds very classic theatre with a contemporary twist! I can’t wait!

  3. Yeah, Laura!

    “…telling them in this indirect way is wonderfully effective at encouraging them to lie back down”

    That what the Taxi Dog moniker did for me. Somehow trick myself into saying the most outrageous things. but of course i am being me. just a different me!

    The creative process is God’s handiwork. He guides me. I wish i could write more than letters. But I don’t have the nerve to ask.

    • You don’t have the nerve to ask? Then don’t bother with the nerve. Just ask. It’s God, you know. S/he has deep pockets. And S/he put you here to squeeze the most you can out of this go-round. Chesed, yes. Tzedaka, of course. Avoda/service, definitely. And also: self realization.

      On the other hand: letters are the most wonderful things in the world. One of my current favorite authors is Lee Smith, whose epistolary novel “Fair and Tender Ladies” is one of the very few works of fiction that I have read–no, gobbled is more like it–and then turned around and started it all over from the beginning, slowly, and then a third time, right in a row. It’s based on a packet of letters that she picked up at a yard sale.

  4. Congratulations!!! I’m with Luna — I’d love to have the privilege of buying and reading your book one day!! Maybe even an autographed copy?!? 😀


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