Tuesday, November 01, 2016

NaNoWriMo 2016

NaNoWriMo 2016
I waited until the last minute to commit.  I've been on an unintentional writing hiatus since last January.  Well not zero writing but so little and so infrequent as to rank as negligible.  So the thought of a 50,000 words of fiction in 30 days challenge was nearly too intimidating to think about.  But the thought of missing my first NaNo since 2004 was too demoralizing.

Apparently morale trumped fear.  Or rather fear of a tanking morale trumped performance fear.

Two hours before the midnight kickoff I still had not settled on the story.  But then a fresh memory from earlier today when I entered the county courthouse to register to vote on the last possible day to do so here in Washington state, reminded me that this was a presidential election year and for the 2008 and 2012 election years my NaNo Novel was set in a mobile homes park named Hope Estates featuring residents whose lives were impacted by the 2008 economic bust with the election cycle running as a backdrop.

First Mobile Hopes then Occupy Hope and now Living Hope

Because the premise, setting and most of the characters are already established and the story's current events are dictated by our current events most of the prep work is already done.  That makes hope of actually winning again this year less laughable than it was yesterday at this time.

So off to the flying finger races.

1 tell me a story:

Bonnie Jacobs 3/30/2017 12:46 PM  

I missed this when you posted it a few months ago, but I was also thinking about the idea of HOPE. As a matter of fact, I chose it as my Word of the Year: http://bonniesbooks.blogspot.com/2016/12/hope-my-word-for-2017.html. I've never before chosen a word to think about for a whole year, but after a terrible 2016, I needed hope for a better year.

I moved to St. Louis in 2014, and I'm pleased with where I live now: Crown Center for Senior Living. We have all sorts of planned events we can attend, and I like the people and the atmosphere. I have my own apartment, but I can eat with friends downstairs or in one of our apartments or go out to eat somewhere. I hope (there's that word!) you are doing okay, in spite of the lack of desire to write lately. Take care of yourself.

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