Monday, November 1, 2010

Sweet November

Ahh ... my favorite month of the year! If you're American, a time of Thanksgiving. A time for family and delicious food. (Pumpkin pie is my weakness!) It's a time when the weather changes for good, leaves are crunchy on the ground and everywhere you look there's a russet-golden hue.

It's also the month of my birth (which coincidentally falls on Thanksgiving Day this year.) And if you're a geek like me, it kicks off the Season's Greetings--the movies, music, decorations all come out by Black Friday in our house.

But this month is something else special:  NaNoWriMo. It's my first year participating. Of course, to make things more interesting my shift for the airline just changed back to 3am start time five days a week. So my internal clock's gonna be all jacked up while trying to write madly while kids are in school... when I should be sleeping, but you know what?? I'll sleep when I'm dead. That was my motto in college anyway... LOL!

So if you're a Nanner, best of luck! I think it's brilliant to have NaNo right after Halloween when there's an abundance of candy and chocolate to get us through it. My kids raked it in last night. Our neighborhood had a haunted house, haunted trail, and spooky animatronics show.... all in walking distance. It was so great!!

Are thos some scary trick-or-treaters or what??? :)                                                   

I was reading some of The Lovely Bones yesterday. OMGosh! What an amazing story and piece of work that is!!! Have you read any of it??? Read it!! I can't wait to read more, though it will have to wait for now. But I was reminded how we should always write from the heart. The author's words moved me. Our writing should do that also.

Are you writing a story right now? If so, yes, get your plot, characters, dialogue all right and tight. But don't forget to write from the heart. It's what makes good storytellers, amazing storytellers. It's what sends shivers down our spine even when the story's not scary.

What about you? Any words of wisdom you'd like to share that helps make a story a story?? I'm all ears!


salarsenッ said...

Love the picture. Good luck with your internal time change. That's got to be tough. I'm sure you'll work it out and have a great NaNo experience. Best of luck!

Mary said...

Your kids look great, and your neighborhood sounds awesome!

Good luck, fellow Nanner- I will be watching your word count!!!

nick said...

Having now lived in the US for many years, I have to admit T/G is a fav festive time for me too - didn't have it my country growing up. Oh all those pumpkin pies I missed out on. Now, as my wasteline attests, I'm making up for it.

The Blogger Formerly Known As said...

To be honest, I don’t know where I write from. I know mentally what I want to write, but my fingers type their own thing, without bothering to consult me. Good luck with NaNo.
The enigmatic, masked blogger

N. R. Williams said...

That sounds daunting PK. Best of luck. I think your neighborhood sounds great. The only trick or treat-ers I had was my grandchildren. I don't know where the others went.
N. R. Williams, fantasy author

Tracy said...

PK, that might be the most adorable Tinker Bell I've ever seen. At least, I think she's Tinker Bell. If not, she's the most adorable whatever-she-is I've ever seen.

This month is going to be crazy, in a fun way. Not only am I doing the NaNoQuerMo Anne talked about...I'm doing NaNoWriMo too. I'll sleep in December, at some point.

Tara said...

November is my favorite month, too :)

Regina said...

The kids are adorable. Best wishes with NaNo. I will be one of your cheerleaders and push you through the tough times. Just holler when you need some extra push or support. I'm there.

Anonymous said...

Conflict conflict conflict. I had a blast writing the chapters when my protagonist and antagonist first met. The second time they met Chase punched the guy in the face. All conflict driven. Of course, they meet a third time and the tables are turned, events escalate, and Chase now becomes his prisoner and faces certain death if its not for the help of his friends.

Florence said...

No wonder you love to roam. A true Sag. like my son. Great photo of the kids and yes this is a great month for enjoying the changing seasons.

Good luck with NaNo.As I posted, I am facing a challenge of my own this month.

What I keep in mind are the simple words of the creator of 60 Minutes, Don Hewitt "tell me a story."

No one can "teach" you how to tell a story, only how to present it once it is written. Write from your heart and soul and forget about rules. Lots of time for rules in the rewrite, revision and five edits.

Good luck with NaNo, PK and keep the spirit alive :)

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

We seem to decorate right after Thanksgiving now as well.
And a story is one that resonates with us. (Best I can think of right now!)

William Kendall said...

Cute kids, PK!

November's not a favourite month for me, though; essays to get out of the way, hectic academic schedules. I'm anxious to see the month come to a close.

LTM said...

that's a great motivational thought... I'm revising, so I'll keep that in my head... also what precious little t-o-t'ers! :D all the best w/Nano~ :o)

Pk Hrezo said...

@Sher, Thanks so much! Good luck with yours as well!

@Mary, I'm holding you to it.
@Regina too.. please give me a good ol kick in the arse if I fall behind! :)

@N.R It was totally great... so much Halloween fun!

@Tara ... Welcome! Glad you're here.November will always be my fave!

@Tracy Aww... thank so much! She's Ariel but they all look the same anyway.. Disney princesses, you know. But thanks for stopping by! Love your idea and wow! querying and writing?? You rock!

@Stephen You're right! I'm getting better at my sadist side... tormenting the snot out of my MCs with more conflict than a person deserves. LOL

@Florence Good luck to you too... and yes I'm a true Sag, thru and thru! And I love that line "tell me a story." How right you are! Who cares about the writing if the story sucks??

@Alex Way we see it, is why not enjoy the Xmas decorations as long as possible since it's so much work to put out.

@William THank you! And I guess November's not the same in Canada, huh? Sorry I haven't commented lately on your blog. I'm so bad with yours and Norma's with logging into My Space. I don't use the site other than to read yours and Norma's blogs.

@Leigh Thank you! I'm sure your revisions will be outstanding. See you in print, my friend. :)

Melissa said...

Your kids look absolutely adorable!

Good luck with NaNo.. so far today I have 6969! I'm so happy (this means I get to watch TV tonight!! Though I may fall asleep because I haven't slept yet....)

William Kendall said...

Well, PK, as both Norma and I are done with Myspace (too many of those irritating relationship trawlers, too many other site issues), we've both found blogger much easier to work with.

Susan Kaye Quinn said...

Go, write, WIN! I'm cheering you from the sidelines (I did NaNo last year). I'm don't do well with creepy stories, esp about kids, so I'm steering clear of Lovely Bones. BUT, I know what you mean when you read a fantastic story like that - one that just grips you! It's awesome (and so hard to do). :) Good luck with the writing! :)

Beverly Stowe McClure said...

A precious pitcture of your children.

I've read The Lovely Bones. It is a beautiful story, so sad. Yes, I cried.

November is my birthday month too so it's my favorite. Love the holidays.

Quinn said...

Sorry I didn't comment on this yesterday. I totally read it, I have no idea why I didn't comment, I thought I had.

Anyway, the kis are adorable. I normally look forward to November for Thanksgiving, but living in Korea kinda screws that. Most apartments here don't have full ovens ... so I can't even cook a turkey.

I'm not doing NaNo, but good luck to you.

BTW, I really enjoyed your comment on my post today. You brought up a lot of great points that I'll be sure to delve into later in the week.

T C Mckee said...

OMG 3a.m. Is that legal. I'm calling the labor board.That's like sweat shop stuff. This is the United States of America for crying out loud. I hardly visit the bathroom at 3a.m. I'm just...I can't talk...I'm so upset for you right now. I will think of you, though, if I do happen to visit the bathroom. Wait...I'm not sure how that would make you feel, knowing that someone was thinking of you in their bathroom at 3a.m. I'm just going to stop typing now;)