Saturday, November 2, 2013
Welcome to November and colder days and early nights, curling up in a comfy chair, with a good book or two or three! November is also the month of writing craziness, National Novel Writing Month in which participants try to write 50,000 words in 30 days. I discovered NaNoWriMo back in 2007 and have been doing it ever since. James joined in last year and thoroughly enjoyed himself. So he will be doing so again this year writing a fan fiction story combining several characters from different video games and movies.
I'm being a rebel this year and totally reworking Eyes in the Ashes which I started three years ago. I've been working on it off and on, more off, than on, for the past year and haven't gotten too far. Lots of notes though. Layla, a minor character, turned into a major character and it became her story. I had multiple points of view and plot holes the size of Wyoming. So, I decided to rewrite the whole thing and even gave it a new title - Silver Shadows. Seems I have a color theme going with all my draft titles. *grin* I'm combining or eliminating other characters altogether. I've been in a writing slump for quite a while, so hoping the challenge will get me back in the habit of writing everyday.
I'm also declaring November to be Nonfiction November. I don't read a lot of nonfiction and have all these books sitting on the shelf feeling neglected. Plus I created the C.S. Lewis and Inspiration Mini challenges for the 52 Books challenge at the beginning of the year and failing miserably at those. Decided now would be the perfect time to plunge into those books. I'm going to keep it simple and not bite off more than I can chew, like I usually do. I'm committing to one a week. Waiting in the wings are Lewis's Mere Christianity, St. Theresa's A Life of Prayer and George Orwell's Why I Write. For hubby, since he's already read the book and driving me crazy about reading it - Yes, Your Teen is Crazy: Loving your kid without losing your mind by Michael J. Bradley.
Wish us luck and see you on the other side in December!
Daylight Saving time ends tonight so don't forget to set your clocks back an hour if your state observes Daylight Saving Time.