Taking no prisoners. Including herself.

Wow.

As I enter week three I find myself at somewhat at a… surplus for words. (Gotcha)

It is said by Chris Baty (the founder) and other Nano-ers, that week three is supposed to feel like sunshine after the torrential rains of week two. I’m not so sure yet — I’m still having wonky plot issues, my narrative voice still feels schitzophrenic, and frankly: this sucker is still gonna have a long way to go before I would go so far as to say it was worthy of “Novel” status.

If this is about “beating the crap” out of a first draft, then so beat the crap I have.

But these past couple of days I’ve felt so eye-bulgingly, cheek-puffingly, brain-stretchingly, heart-crampingly alive I’m not sure my poor little fingertips have been able to keep up with my brain. There is so much processing going on in my life I’m finding it wonderful fodder for my novel.

At least it’s good for something, right?

I’ve taken a leave of absence from work due to health reasons, which has been both an incredibly difficult and uncomfortable decision, but has also brought up some ‘insights’ for me.

I’ve spoken with several people, and it seems I’m not the only one.
The mercury is in retrograde, people. I don’t know if you’re noticing it in your neck of the woods, but in my small corner of the world, there is change a-happenin’. It’s not just my mind that’s whirring. People are searching, questioning, wondering. Conversations abound regarding the self, authenticity, fear, risk, control…and oh, yes, it’s all in my novel. You’ll just have to, um… trust me.

That reminds me! Trust! Shit. I knew there was a theme I haven’t yet covered in my novel. Well, I’ll have to address that whopper in the last 20,000 words. That’s right — as of this moment, I crossed the 30,000 word mark. Wish me luck!

-Shannon

§257 · November 18, 2006 · NaNoWriMo · · [Print]

2 Comments to “30k, baby”

  1. Ian says:

    If you had only heeded your own post-it note you’d be at 40,000! Here’s to feeling heart-crampingly alive…

  2. mamma R squared says:

    good to hear you are on leave…nothing wrong with a vacation!
    Love you.

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