A while ago I decided to use this years NaNoWriMo to kick my brain/Muse/typing skillz, back into high gear, then, last week I get news that my radiation therapy is scheduled for the first week of … you guessed it … November!
I won’t be able to go anywhere near short people, pregnant people and four-legged people for about two weeks, or touch anything that isn’t disposable or washable. I don’t think my keyboard is included in either of those categories, but pen and paper might.
This reduces my NaNo time down to two weeks-ish and a daily word count of 3500. I’ll be working on Book 2 of my ‘Gallery’ series with the plan that it’ll be ready for me to self-publish along with Book 1 when I get the rights to it back from my publisher. (no pressure, right?)
So, all this is a convoluted reference to the topic at hand. The things we have to clear out of the way just to get to the starting line, which I call, getting back to zero.
Sometimes it’s something as simple as wanting to go for a walk in this chilly Autumn afternoon. first I have to stick my nose out of my Hobbit House in order to determine how many layers to put on, find my shoes, keys, notepad and pen in case I get an ‘idea.’ etc, etc, just to get back to zero – walking out the door.
The same with writing. Because of the reduced time-frame I need to really get my outline nice and tight, check out all the shinies on the NaNo website – I’m ‘Widder’ if you’re playing there this year – then get through the fun time that is my radiation treatment (it’s called an ‘ablation’ for reasons that are unfathomable).
Yep, November’s looking like a walk in the park, once I get back to zero.
“Two fundamental literary qualities: supernaturalism and irony” – Charles Baudelaire, 1821 – 1867, poet, essayist, art critic, and translator of Edgar Allen Poe into French
P.S. Does anyone else think of Robin Williams as Mork from ‘Mork and Mindy‘ whenever they say ‘NaNo’ out loud?