Don’t Photograph It, Buy It! – Friday Fictioneers – 1/29/16

I am back to my somewhat irregular schedule of blog posts and have missed the weekly fun hosted by Rochelle at the Friday Fictioneers. For the uninitiated this is a 100 word photo fiction prompt.

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Graham groaned while sipping his morning coffee. Another gaggle of camera and cell phone toting miscreants stood at his gate. Again. The eighteenth day in a row.

Celia came into the room riding her bubbly enthusiasm and glanced at the menagerie.

“I think i’ts interesting,” she said smiling. “I put a register down there for folks to write their home city.”

“Interesting,” Graham grumbled. We’ll be lucky if we get to stay.”

“But you don’t want to,” Celia said. “Ernie thought using the house for his movie would make it famous and more valuable.”

“Famous and valuable are different things.”

 

 

NaNoWriMo – The Postmordem

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What does it look like to be crushed by an idea you embraced with such excitement and enthusiasm in its buildup? I think the picture that follows can sum up my response.plane

What I envisioned as a 747 arcing across the sky over the month of November headed for at least a 50,000 word beginning of my first published novel instead is holding its place as a 29,039 word beginning. Rest assured I have not thrown in the towel or the landing gear on this quest. But I do know this, 50,000 words in 30 days is a monumental task, one I had known in the preceding years and avoided at all costs. But in 2015 I thought it would be worth the effort. I can say it was not.

I got tied in with NaNoWriMo.org (for free or I would not have done it) and they go to great lengths to try to encourage you and get you involved with other writers. This is all fine and well if you have scads of time to devote to such. But if you intend to tap out the average of 1,667 words per day to stay on pace it leaves little time for anything else. NaNo

I did attend one write in, which is a physical gathering of those taking part in the month long exercise at a local site. With the exception of the two liaisons from the event there was one other writer and myself, so not much opportunity to feel a part of a community. It is true that writing is a solitary adventure and most of your motivation has to come form within, but you would think  writers would jump at the chance to share a brief time with others.

The novel I am in the midst of writing was not the problem, that story is in my head, begging to be transferred to the computer. The issue is the demands of writing it within such a short and yet hectic time period. Consider the holiday that falls within the 30 day period. Then I can add in the fact that I left the country for a week long mission trip. Of course I knew that going in, but in the early days when the enthusiasm was tied to adrenaline I was able to get ahead of the pace and felt I could easily reach the goal.

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So in summary I guess I would say this experience confirmed what I already believed, that NaNoWriMo is not for me. I will finish this novel and get it ready to be published either with a traditional publisher or by publishing it myself through Amazon or another means. It is my greatest desire at his moment after the things that are always bigger priorities (spouse, children, job, etc.). I suppose I will have to try to find another avenue to develop a writer network of friends.