On the first day of NaNo, my true muse gave to me. . .
A family that’s dear to me.
It came to me, yesterday, how I could blog and NaNo at the same time (because NaNo is a verb, now). The reviled and/or beloved holiday song, The Twelve Days of Christmas, was to become The Thirty Days of NaNo.
That was, until I had an unfortunate flash of prescience. Or perhaps it was foreshadowing. That, or it was simple, dumb luck (to be said with Dame Maggie Smith’s accent and intonation when she admonishes Harry and Ron in Harry Potter).
The circumstances around the prescience are mundane. Needless to say, never should I utter the words, even in type, ‘barring catastrophe.’ It is like saying ‘bring it’ to the Universe.
Three days later, and my family has made two trips to the Emergency Room. My father remains in intensive care. It is not the stomach flu, as we had thought. My son, luckily, is home, now – only a little worse for wear in his tussle with the car that hit him this morning on his way to school. I bless every damn deity in the heavens above that he can be macho, and twelve, and brag to his friends on the Xbox that he was hit by a car and walked out of the hospital three hours later, because the alternative is too horrible to contemplate.
On the first day of NaNo, I realized that my family needs me more than I need NaNo. I still have a goal of 15,000 (which is my standard 500/day), but 50,000 words and the insanity that those words can bring . . . well, the world doesn’t need my novel that much. I will write it – I’ve already written what amounts to two books already this year. Books 3, 4, 5 and 6 will come in their good time.
In other news . . .
D’s taking the night off, so it’s up to me to be your valiantly verbose victor.
Ghosts Prompt Roundup
Check out the responses to this week’s “ghostly” prompt at the Community Storyboard
- Ghost Story: http://bastetandsekhmet.wordpress.com/2013/10/30/ghost-town/
- Ghost on the Widow’s Walk: http://neverendingstorydepository.wordpress.com/2013/10/29/the-ghost-on-the-widows-walk-weekly-prompt/
- Ghostly Gala: http://neverendingstorydepository.wordpress.com/2013/10/27/halloween-prompt-the-ghostly-gala/
- My Brand of Horror: http://neverendingstorydepository.wordpress.com/2013/10/29/my-brand-of-horror-ghost-story-prompt-week-of-october-27th/
- Parallel Lives: http://neverendingstorydepository.wordpress.com/2013/10/28/parallel-lives-weekly-prompt-ghost-theme-short-story/
- Ghosts: http://neverendingstorydepository.wordpress.com/2013/10/29/weekly-prompt-ghosts-2/
- Ghosts: http://neverendingstorydepository.wordpress.com/2013/10/28/weekly-prompt-ghosts/
- Instructions to a Retreating Muse: http://neverendingstorydepository.wordpress.com/2013/10/28/intructions-to-a-retreating-muse-poem-for-a-ghost-prompt/
- Blood Stains on the Old Levee Road: http://neverendingstorydepository.wordpress.com/2013/10/27/blood-stains-on-old-levee-road-poem-for-a-ghost-prompt/
- Ghost: http://deanzworldz.wordpress.com/2013/11/01/ghost-csb-weekly-prompt/
- The House at Carrick Close: Visitors: http://neverendingstorydepository.wordpress.com/2013/10/31/the-house-at-carrick-close-visitors-for-a-ghostly-prompt/
Not-so-newbie in town:
Have you met Dean? He draws, he writes, he blogs. You can find out about Dean at his new blog, Dean’z Worldz: http://deanzworldz.wordpress.com/about/.
He also has a new book, Quentin Hide and the Evil Lord Twigton. Check him out!
For the NaNoNites
Chuck Wending is Hilarious. His NaNoWriMo dialogue is even funnier, if such a thing were possible.
Support your local author
Because the internet community is the new local.
- Chris McMullen: http://chrismcmullen.wordpress.com/2013/10/30/book-reviews-interviews-guest-blogs-author-support/
- Charles Yallowitz: http://legendsofwindemere.com/2013/11/01/allure-of-the-gypsies-blog-tour-sign-up/
- The Literary Syndicate: http://theliterarysyndicate.com/features/
There’s so much good reading around the web, but here were some I was able to check out this week:
- Andra Watkins: http://andrawatkins.com/2013/10/28/reflect-how-soon-youll-quit-this-stage/
- Chris McMullen: http://chrismcmullen.wordpress.com/2013/10/30/beating-a-dead-horse/
- Eric Alagan: http://ericalagan.net/2013/10/30/fallen-grace-enovel/
Jessica B. Bell
She deserves her own section, why? Because she’s Jessica B. Bell, that’s why.
- Varney the Vampire: http://helenahannbasquiat.wordpress.com/2013/10/24/varney-the-vampyre-by-jessica-b-bell-a-bayou-bonhomme-tale/
- Sleepwalking: http://helenahannbasquiat.wordpress.com/2013/10/29/sleepwalking-by-jessica-b-bell/
- What Leroy Saw: http://helenahannbasquiat.wordpress.com/2013/10/31/what-leroy-saw-by-jessica-b-bell/
And Finally . . .
Adventure with us to Green Embers Recommends and my weekly Entertainment News installment with D. And this time, D’s status as a time-travelling Druid actually pays off!