Tuesday, November 1, 2011


Well crap on a cracker.

Here I went giving y'all a suspenseful buildup for The Big Reveal today, and pfffft.

Life went & happened instead.  You probably don't want to hear about the death rattle in my lungs from all the winter camping this past weekend [cue emergency call to new doctor o' mine].

Nor do you want to hear about the Careful and Quirky Contractor Man who needed to talk to me 46 times today about the stone pillars in front of my house which apparently have had no foundation for almost 100 years.  [Cue emergency call to insurance adjuster.] 

yep, those stone pillars you see in the back there
 Wanna hear about delivering a forgotten yoga mat to school, only to hear that my lil' yogi decided to skip it today and went home on the bus? [Cue mad calls for the 7 & unders to pile into van; get out at school; pile back into van in time to get Ms 9 off the bus.]

Blah blah blah.

We all got crazy busy lives, right?

I'll give you The Little Reveal, tonight, instead:  I've got a new project.  I am blindly feeling my way towards life as a writer, and unsure even about what that looks like.  But the darkest corners of my heart, and the lightest tippy toesiest part of my brain are in agreement:  I have to Just Write.

So I will.  In November I am doing NaNoWriMo, which for the uninitiated stands for National Novel Writing Month.  What?!? say you A novel?  Surely she's only built up to half a column's worth at best!  Well.  Then I'll spend 30 days writing half columns of purple prose if I have to.  But it's 50,000 words or bust. (If any of you out there are as crazy as me, be my writing buddy - my name is NilsenLife.)

I made the major commitment to a weekend away - by myself. Three days of writing with people I know hardly at all, but who've promised to make me write for 72 hours straight.  (Kinda. With a little hot-tubbing thrown in.)

And then, I will Just Write. 


I never fail to be inspired by Heather and her blog, and the people who connect through it.  She started Just Write, and she has encouraged me to go out there and do my writing thang more times than I can count.  I am so grateful.   Here we go peeps!


Aliza said...

Yay! I'd read your purple prose any day of the week!!! Go, girl!

Heather EO said...

GLAD. That's what I am. You are a girl who needs to Just Write. I know this. And you will knock it out of the proverbial park.


CaraBee said...

I contemplated NaNoWriMo, but just couldn't get myself to do it. Maybe next year. I'll be cheering you on from the sidelines. Rock those 50,000 words, lady!

Kristi said...

What a great post! Loved how you used parenthesis and "cue" to explain your day...made me smile.
You inspired me to write more. I don't have a novel in mind but I love to write...mostly about the real life moments that make up my life. Oh, and dream of writing a childrens book too.
But..enough of me! Good luck on the NaNoWriMo...that's a fantastic undertaking. :)
Stopping by from Just Write

Elaine A. said...

Go for it girl! I'm sure you're going to rock it! I may have to do this next year. Just not ready to commit to it yet.


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