November 2nd, 2021

NaNoWriMo 2021 - Day 1 & 2

Teen NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month) - Clearview Library District

First of all, I thank all that sent me good wishes on my recovery. I am feeling a LOT better, but find that I have to take things more slowly for the time being. I am still awaiting the results of the heart MRI - I hear that it is pending, but is full of radiographer jargonese and needs to have further consultant acronyms for the decision and finally, translated into layman's terms, so I will know how to best manage the problem that I have got.

Problem is, I cannot go back to the photographic lab for the rest of the season and will have to review whether indeed I can do that sort of work again. Right now, I am largely twiddling my thumbs. I HAD started in my quest in understanding Homer's The Odyssey, but since the worrying news and the mini-heart attack status, I have lost all interest in the wine dark seas etc. But...I have rekindled my joy of wring (once I got a bit of freehand drawing out of the way for Halloween) and have rediscovered NaNoWriMo.

I knew about this the year it came out, but only when I was part the way through the month and not so inclined to start. I saw it again in 2004, but it has to be said that I had only reached a fifth of the 50,000 word limit and a lot of that has been reconstituted stuff from previous collabs and it has to be said, some creative writing seshes that helped me through a fairly bleak period of time.

This time, it might be a bit different. For a start, NaNoWriMo has matured in my absence and I have had many ideas percolating in my mind for some time. I managed the word count for yesterday (1,684) and have already gotten through 350 words today, literally about recounting strange dreams and kinda intermingling this with my protagonist's point of view.  Oh and gutting out what day 2 is going to be about and just colouring in between the lines. Right now, the whole things is very confusing, but I really don't care. I am writing this almost with my hair on fire and without a care, because mama said to me it was quite alright.

My intial quest is to get beyond 10k and hopefully get past the post...because obviously I don't know how I am going to fare one day to the next, but I am hopeful.  The plus side is, the forum encourages multiple forms to support your work, one of which is perhaps creating a playlist that runs alongside the work. Mine so far has three tracks  - 2 classical and 1 world music, but just like my writing style, it will be as eclectic as fduck.

Have any of your write-er-ly people done this before? Would love to know your experiences :-)