0-1. The hallowed eve before NaNoWriMo

Just a few quick notes. Word counts for the day:

  • novel-scene-turned-journal-entry: 432
  • journal-entry-turned-ranty-blog-post: 1500-ish (was interrupted just before hitting publish, thank the universe)
  • stream-of-thought poetry (this is a newer thing, very cathartic): 440
  • stream-of-thought-ish other blog post: maybe 500 or so

My word count seems fine. But does my ability to stick to one subject, and/or to do anything other than produce or consume words these days? Not so much. Racked with guilt. Husband meanwhile did a ton of reno’s and other household stuff.

Don’t know if my guilt will allow me to produce a novel, even though passion/obsession/addiction will likely allow me to produce the requisite word count. But both might ease up, after this week’s fall break. Back to the regular schedule.

Might need to actually do some plotting if I hope to produce a finished work, instead of the usual dedicated pantsing. Check out Sathepine‘s blog for novelling methods in a more plotter style. Good comments on her post here, as well: https://wordpress.com/read/blogs/8729452/posts/7029

I did fold laundry, exercise (have been religious about it, these past weeks; essential for mental health even more than physical, perhaps) and make dinner. Best part was boiling Brussels sprouts, their thick greenness bubbling in the pot. Also, painting the face of one of the boys. These moments were the among the only ones in which I felt “in my body.”

In the spirit of Halloween/Toussaints/Dios de los Muertos (in which life and light is often celebrated), thought I would share this older piece, a flash story about a dinner party (All Saints’ Eve):

Toussaints: https://bloomwords.com/2018/11/01/the-dinner-party/

And this unrelated photo.

randoms from the tickle trunk 2018. so serious

(For those wondering how to white-out portrait-photo backgrounds, I used iPad Sketchbook – but you could also use Gimp, which is free, and sounds cooler.)

xo n

p.s. This is the last warm-up post! NaNoWriMo starts tomorrow.  Check it out and try it, if you like; see how it goes, one day at a time. ;))

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Nadine inhales & exhales words & images from current vantage point in Zone of Emptiness, France. Thank you for reading. ❤︎




25 thoughts on “0-1. The hallowed eve before NaNoWriMo

  1. [Forgive me, contractor at the door, and I meant to write more.]

    Thank you for posting, and urging fellows to join you Nanowrimo. I thought very seriously about doing it again to be part of your cohort, but decided not. I will try to keep the hours, not the word count, as after completing my first, I stopped writing for weeks. I learned so much about myself and about story. Storm the walls, Princess. Stay grounded~

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    1. I have to admit, I saw your first comment last night, and it lit my lamp well enough, no word of a lie. But the last one is such a bonus. I love hearing about your process; and that the experience of creating that first book was so inherently worthwhile. And wow, those last lines, well, they gave me power. I will try. Though true-friends’ comments make me fly.


    1. Ahahaha oh I loved this! 😂Thank you so much dear Rachel. It’s funny, I was actually terrified to post it because of negative feedback from the only person I’d first shown it to last year.(“Um, freak.”) But something about this image feels like the real me. Like it or not. 😉So your liking it makes me feel happy and grateful. 😊Thanks my friend. 😘😘

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      1. I was just treating myself to revisiting some of your words, did you sense me doing it!!?? I love it how in the image you are holding a pen, nonchalantly, like it’s obviously part of every skeleton’s attire. It’s obviously part of YOUR attire, you rock it!! ❤️

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        1. Now you’ve got me lol’ing again (when I’m supposed to be off doing more productive things). 😂😂You get it haha. And you have such a way with words. Which here inspire mirth. The best medicine for any skeleton. 😉💀👌😆thanks again.

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        2. Keep laughing my friend. Here is a joke:

          A skeleton walked into a corner shop and asked for a can of coke

          and a mop.

          Boom. I’m officially not hilarious. (Notice I moved said skeleton from bar and gin and tonic, to more suitable location and beverage).

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        3. Pepsi, Coke, no-name it’s all the same; but skeletons prefer diet if they play the cola game. ;)) Loved your joke Rachel, it was perfect. ttfn 💞🙏😘


    1. Liola!!! Omg you’ve made my day. This is so awesome. Seriously thrilled. Thanks for sharing that, and I will pop over there at some point to find you, hopefully. 2014! You’re a veteran! We can do this. 😊🎉👯‍♀️ xoxoxo

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        1. It’s true and it’s not intuitive for me! Forums seem less easy to get to or something but I haven’t spent enough time trying to figure it out yet. Anyway we have each other here on WP and the main thing is to get our pages done. :))))) xoxoxoxoo

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        2. I think just concentrate on writing!!! Am already trailing way behind the suggested daily word count. I wish I had checked out the site weeks ago to get some prepping done but nothing like leaving everything until the last minute lol but 26 days to go yet if I include today 🙂 xoxoxoxo

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        3. I agree to concentrate on the writing!! I didn’t do any prepping either (other than more word count). I like to go for a daily quota of crappy words, but others are going for time in the chair and/or quality… for me, I don’t know if quality ever comes except by quantity (over time). You can also be a NaNo rebel and set a smaller daily goal e.g. 500 words, for a total of 15000 at the end… that would be a novella. I say if it’s hindering more than helping, then never mind the rules; to me the point of NaNoWriMo is to have fun trying something new and creative and mainly, get writing as a community. 😊😘 xoxoxo

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        4. Absolutely! Think I may become rebellious!! There seems to be some sort of bug on there just now. I put information in and it seems to be there, then it disappears. Other people seem to be having the same problem too! I scrapped what I was doing yet again, and have restarted a new project. Think I may have the start of something! We’ll see! Yes, think I may consider being a NaNo rebel if I can’t get my act together. But not yet! lol Seems to be a kind, encouraging and respectful community! 🙂 xoxoxo

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        5. I feel a bit bad that I haven’t been on there much! I did enjoy it the first time around. The best part though was actually going to a local write-in. So fascinating to be in a group of introverts, not talking much (except for me, bugging them with questions haha), just typing or scribbling silently in a pub together! I guess I should try to go to one this year, too. It gives lots to write about. Even in comments. ;)) Write on, Liola! 🙂 xoxoxo

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        6. Don’t worry too much or feel a bit bad about not going on there much! The newly designed site seems to be having lots of technical issues just now! I am sure they will resolve them but for now I shall just keep writing. Sometimes, the site can become a distraction like many things. I am back down to Tankerton for a couple of days to look after my Mum, so hope the sea air will inspire me. Wishing you wonderful day where words flow freely! 🙂 xoxoxo

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