Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Getting in Gear

Fall will officially arrive today. However, the temperatures are not cooperating! High 80s, close to 90s for the week, until Saturday when things cool down. Thank goodness for air conditioning.

With Fall comes one of my favorite things-- something I think about pretty much all year from time to time: Nanowrimo! I even kept their link in my main toolbar, staring at me just under the igoogle banner. I plan to partake, busy or not. Last year, I was able to pound out five chapters or some 20,000 words. Not the 50 grand they aim for, but I was writing, so good. Of course, I had to toss those chapters once I talked with my writing group and realized my protagonist just isn't the 14-year-old I was hoping she'd be. She's 19, darn her, and this changes everything. I fought it a bit until I realized they were, as usual, right. (darn them) So, I've sketched out some scenes, started replanning. The setting is the same, the main characters are the same (one's just older) the supporting cast will change a bit too now. Can't have her falling for a 14-year-old boy, now can we? Can we...? No, we can't. haha.

Here's to caffeine and rewrites. If you're doing Nanowrimo, look me up and add-- motherofboys247. I'll see you there in November!

Friday, September 3, 2010

Childhood Sleep

The night has turned from deep navy to black. There's a kind of pattern to the crickets outside my window, but there is no break in their sound-- they don't pause for air. They tirelessly bring childhood sleep in the white country house with the wrap around porch and creaking floor boards that was my home until I turned 17.

I miss that feeling of isolation, knowing our house was removed from other houses, tucked away and safe, corn stalks standing sentinel on either side for miles.

Tonight the sound of cars underlies the crickets, reminding me I am not in my childhood home, though I may still enjoy that crickety childhood sleep.