Friday, November 2, 2007

Something's Gotta Give

Something's Gotta Give
Oh, I had grandiose plans for November. I was going to do NaBloPoMo. I was going to finally write my book by participating in NaNoWriMo. No big deal with the former. I post pretty much once a day (if not a tad more) anyway. I’ve got high hopes that my wealth of blog fodder won’t dry up just because I actually need something to write about.

And I’ve been talking about writing a novel for ages. It’s all in my head (and in outlines and in character sketches and probably in crumbled pieces of paper currently in my jeans in the washer). But I’m no dummy. Posting every day? Don’t want to curse myself, but, honestly, easy-peasy. But writing every day? Real writing? Scary.

Maybe I was looking for a reason to not go through with it. Maybe I exude the “I suck, save me from myself” aura. Or maybe I’m just a warm body. Whatever the reason, I’ve agreed to tackle a big project at the kids’ school. It’s a lot of gathering of data and writing, but none of the type of writing that people not associated with the project would ever want to read. [Mental aside: As if my blog or book-in-my-head is something people want to read.]

The something that has gotta give? The novel. Just can’t do all four. [Not a typo, guys, ‘cause I also do this side deal called “raising my kids.”] Since I can’t park the kids for a month while I gallivant around my head and the computer – though, trust me, sometimes I wish I could – that Great American Novel you’ve been waiting for will have to wait another month.

Hey, anybody know of a novel-writing project that starts, say, December 6? Let me know. And you can’t count me in!

[On another subject,
SusieJ has awarded me a Perfect Post Award for a post I wrote in October. She says some wonderful things about me here. I’ve never received one of these, although I cannot deny that I have coveted this for a long time. Thank you, SusieJ. I really am touched. I will wear that button as a badge of honor. Lindsay of Suburban Turmoil and Kimberly of Petroville are the heart and soul of the awards. Go see what good company I am in.]

9 comments:

Linda said...

Congrats on the nomination for the Perfect Post Award! I've never written one of those myself and probably never will!

As for the novel, it will still be there in your head when you get the chance to actually sit down and write it. These things have a way of growing and changing over time anyway so the longer it ferments in your head the more it will be like an ultra-fine wine once you are finally able to uncork it.

Oh brother, where do I come up with these analogies sometimes???

allrileyedup said...

Congrats on the perfect post! I'll go check out what she has to say about you. And that December 6 project? The only thing you need to do is sit down and start writing. It's all you baby. Write write write!

Gina said...

Congrats on the PP as well!

D... said...

Congrats on the PP award. That is quite cool!

The novel will be waiting for you. The date matters not. Good luck with it! I would really love to read it one day.

chichimama said...

Congrats! And there is no reason why December can't be your own personal NaWriNoMo...

bubandpie said...

There is something intriguing about NaNoWriMo (as opposed to NaBloPoMo, which I think is ill-conceived and pernicious). But I've got 60 essays to mark in the next two weeks, so as long as I'm teaching, it's never going to happen in November.

If you find a good July writing club, let me know. But there has to be really good prizes.

Jeni said...

I can't think of another person who deserves that award more than you do! You put some great posts up here, young lady!

Sian said...

I generally tend to shy away from this kind of stuff, but here goes.

I love reading your posts. You are funny, slightly twisted in a good way, witty, loving and often vulnerable. Your blogging is real writing in my opinion but I am still looking forward to the novel whenever it appears!
Good luck with the project btw.

Liza's Eyeview said...

I read this post before and wanted to comment - it's only now that I am coming back.

I just want to echo the thought of 'somethings gotta give" - so many good things to do with so little time....

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