Crazy Ideas (NaNoWriMo)

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Hi. My name is Cindy and I’m a neglectful blogger.

That is to say, I maintain this blog, but I haven’t been nurturing it. Writing feeds my soul though, so I really ought to do more of it. Consider this an attempt to test the blogging waters again. I’m out of practice, but it’s probably like riding a bike, right? Exhilarating and freeing, but my brain may be sore tomorrow.

Sooooo…. It’s been almost six weeks since we moved D into his college dorm room 250 miles away (five weeks, three days, and two hours, but who’s counting?) After going through a whirlwind of emotions, I think I’m finally ready to face the obvious question: What’s next?

For me, I mean. For him, well, it will be four years of college classes and adventures in adulting.

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I’ve spent the last 18+ years being D’s mom. Of course, a mother’s work is never done. Still, with my child a state away, it seems my job description has fundamentally changed.

So, the question remains: What am I to do now as an empty nester? Learn to like watching football? Nope. Not happening. Take up a new sport? Nah, I’m going to the gym regularly, but team sports just aren’t my bag. Study a new language? Master a new instrument? Maybe down the road, but those aren’t passions that are calling me today.

I do, however, hear something calling me…


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[[Cue creepy music]]

Come play with me, Cindy… Come play with me forever, and ever, and ever….

Relax. It’s just the siren song of my laptop’s keyboard.

Making words and sentences and paragraphs and chapters is fuuuuuunnnnnnn! All work and no play makes Cindy a dull girl!”

My two or three long-term blog readers know that I’ve dabbled in writing fiction since 2015, entering one wacky short story or flash fiction contest after another. I like the contest format because, while it’s difficult to write a complete, coherent story in 48-hours, it’s only 48 hours of madness.

Since the second or third contest, my husband has gently challenged me, saying “Maybe you should stop entering these contests where someone else tells you what to write, and instead write what you want to write.”

I shrugged off this advice, even bristled at it at times. Still, his words stuck with me, much like he stuck with me during those caffeine-filled writing marathons. You know what? The more I thought about it, the more I realized he’s on to something. Also, I can do hard things. I think I’m ready for a different kind of challenge.

So, here’s what I’m going to do next:


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I’ve decided to participate in NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month) in November. While I’ve signed up for this in years past, I never got past day three or four as my ideas and commitment fizzled out.

Will I succeed this time, writing a full-length novel in 30 days? If so, will it be any good or will it be a steaming pile of garbage? Will I be able to convince someone to publish my words? Will anyone other than my family actually read the novel? And, let’s be honest… will my family actually read my words?

I don’t know the answer to these questions. What I do know is that I’m going to give it a go. If I don’t like it, if it doesn’t fulfill me the way I think it will, maybe I’ll have to learn to like football or give organized sports a try.

[[Yes, you in the back with your hand up?]]

“So, Cindy, why the long blog post about writing a novel?”

Good question. It’s about accountability at this point. By publicly announcing my goal to the three people who have read this far, I think I’m going to be more inclined to actually follow through with it. With all of that said, who else is up to join me for a bit of a challenge in November? Like the picture below, but actually nothing like the picture below, because… it’s writing.

#NaNoWriMo #JoinMe #YouKnowYouWantToTry

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