NaNoWriMo 2012

Sooooo … I am seriously thinking about participating in National Novel Writing Month this November … That’s NaNoWriMo to you, buddy. 30 days to finish the Great American Book. Check that shit out and let me know if you’re in!

http://www.nanowrimo.org

NaNoWriMo is kinda an interesting turn of events for me, seeing as I haven’t written fiction of any sort in probably a decade. I did make one semi-spirited attempt in 2003, when I was living in Mexico and had neither television, nor Internet, nor friends to distract me from my art. Captive audience, hey? I wrote about a lonely girl obsessed with travel. Total fiction. Really. Before that, as a creative writing major in college, I took a short novel class and did manage to finish a 180-page story about a girl named Maya and her boozehound mom named Lorraine and life in the ’60s and ’70s. I called it “Moon Food.” I can no longer open either file. Sadly, those efforts occurred at the tail-end of those halcyon disc drive days, and thus, my literary efforts have long since been relegated to technical obsolescence. But, all past.

This effort will be a creative departure, which makes it fun to ponder and prepare for. I’m sort of thinking I want to try something different and bizarre. Magic realism takes a good measure of art to get done well, so maybe I’ll just settle for flat-out surrealism with a touch of Dada thrown in? Beats trying to drum up a coherent narrative thread that won’t bore me half to death before four weeks are out. I’ve always wanted to write about a character called Selius Crowe. I feel like he would wear a top hat and maybe be homeless or itinerant? I’ve gotta think on that one.

Who’s with me? In the meantime, here’s some sage advice from some very sage-like writers: http://www.buzzfeed.com/expresident/writing-advice-from-famous-authors

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