Ok, Fine, I’ll Sign Up…


For over a month now, I have been sitting quietly back and wondering whether or not I should join in all the excitement over NaNoWriMo. It Stands for National Novel Writing Month. It’s a contest to see if you can commit to cranking out a 50,000 word novel in 30 days. Anyone who reads my blog can verify that I am usually not at a loss for words and my posts tend to run anywhere between 2500-3500 words. So, what’s the problem, then? I have two stories that have been brewing in the back of my head for the majority of this year and I would absolutely love to jump in. However…I just don’t know if the timing is right. I’m going through with the surgeries and the fills and opening up my home each week to observation after observation so I can look back and know that my professional goals for this year were met. But, as much as I want to just write on my blog every day, the details of my life take over and if I’m lucky, I will get two minutes at a red light somewhere just to check stats. By the time the day is done, I’m exhausted.

I was unable to really get through school this year and ended up taking the whole year off so I could clear my head, not worry about those deadlines and exams. I still haven’t filed my taxes for 2008 yet and now I’m needing to get 2009 ready. I have a daughter that lives across the state at the moment and be that as it may, I am still busy with conference calls, staffing calls, writing to her, and trying to get through the horrific mess she made in her room almost a year ago. I shut the door and expected her to clean it up. But, I am hoping she will come home and I know that as fragile as she is emotionally at the moment, the last thing she needs is to feel overwhelmed in her own room. I’m trying to come up with a system that will sort of resemble how she’s been living for the past few months so she will feel at ease as she re-integrates.

I know, I know–excuses. Here I am–the biggest cheerleader to those friends of mine that are participating and have been on the NaNoWriMo bandwagon for quite some time, and yet–I’m just not one to start something if I can’t finish it. Yet–again–I didn’t finish school last winter–aaarrrggghhh–back and forth–back and forth. I drive myself completely nuts sometimes just talking myself in or out of something. So, I’ve jumped off the fence. I’m going to try. If I don’t make the goal–then I don’t make the goal–but I will have tried. It’s process over product and I have posted that on my friend, Traci’s blog, An Unencumbered Life over and over as she has struggled with some of the same issues I have. I know in any other year, I could do this with my eyes shut. Why not this year, I ask? There’s really no reason good enough for me not to just jump in and try. Whether I write a little or a lot, I am going to try. It’s not about the content or the correct grammar and such as it is about just getting your story on paper. I’m going to tell my inner editor to shut the hell up and I’m going to write. There are so many people who do this around the world and I have been really amazed at the buzz about it. I listen in on Twitter and have been reading some of the forums. I joined a region–Iowa (elsewhere) because my particular region wasn’t listed. I have Traci as a writing buddy and because I see her everyday anyway (she’s one of my daycare moms), we can commiserate together.

The website is really pretty neat and I would encourage all of you to check it out if you’ve ever had a story in you that is dying to come out. If you make your 50,000 word goal (which is really only about 1700 words or so a day–honestly–half of one of my blog posts–that’s it!) then you are considered a winner. There is a section for young writers also and I have taken the time to print out the entire high school workbook and take it over to Kinkos to be bound. I sent it to Jasmine. She has filled 5 journals so far since she has been where she’s at and the story she will tell, I’m sure will be worth the read. I have also told a young girl I used to watch and now teach piano lessons to. She loves to write. I hope she joins and becomes a writing buddy of mine too. I know there have to be many of you out there that have heard of this, have participated in the past, have won, or have just thought about it. I would love to connect with you and become a writing buddy with you. If you hunt me up on the website, my username is cjheald. Don’t look at the word count generator because so far, I’ve been trying to work out the title. I have the book cover already in mind, just have to wait for my next surgery to snap a picture of it. I tried to post a word count graph so you could all see my progress, but can’t seem to get it to work.

I have a post coming up that is mainly pictures. I have spent the past 3 weeks debating whether or not to do this. I have been editing not for my sake, really, but for the sake of my husband who is uncomfortable with me letting it all hang out–or not. I am an open book these days. If I can help one person, then I have contributed. However, I am feeling censored in some areas and am wrestling with how to continue to tell my story. I have come to realize that I have many posts that are from this year that are filled with some strong language or content. Pictures that are more suited for adults than children and so I decided to have my blog rated. It carries an R rating and is really not suitable for anyone under 17. How can I monitor this across the world–I can’t–except to exercise some caution or restraint…hhhmmm…I’ll think about it.

In case any of you were wondering–this post is approximately 1150 words. I had two additional paragraphs that were quite lengthy attached, but have put them into the next post as they were more suited there. My main concern in the next two weeks is my taxes. I will be pushing the end of November with Nanowrimo–I hope anyway and there’s quite a bit coming up on here as well. Stay tuned.


6 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Marilyn
    Nov 04, 2009 @ 05:02:32

    I will put some coffee on for you…and glad you took my hint…DO IT…and now you are. 😉 For someday never comes, we only have today…it all starts with one word.


  2. Christina Heald
    Nov 04, 2009 @ 08:34:27

    I’m just figuring out the whole thing, but I couldn’t sleep all night because words were flying around my head. Character dialogue, plot, etc. I’m sure you know what i mean. I see you are doing it also. I tried to hunt you up–no luck. Care to be a writing buddy?


  3. Kathy
    Nov 04, 2009 @ 11:41:23

    Good for you for doing this! I’m in the process of writing a book right now. Thanks for the comment on the Lotus Sutra Chronicles, I’m following you here on Networked Blogs! Peace to you and good luck, Kathy


    • Christina Heald
      Nov 04, 2009 @ 12:26:18

      Kathy, I read that. Thanks for following! I am really looking forward to reading more from you! I’ll check out your blog tonight! TTYL-cj


  4. Tracy
    Nov 06, 2009 @ 12:06:44

    Yay! I’m so glad you’re going to do this, too. Remember what my friend posted on my blog? “Here’s to crap on paper!”

    It’s not about writing a perfect first draft. It’s about writing a first draft and getting the story out of your head.


    • Christina Heald
      Nov 06, 2009 @ 12:18:01

      Yes–I remember–I also toasted you for your commitment! Hey my widget is working today!!! I can’t wait to talk to you tonight!


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