In 2002 my maternal grandmother passed away suddenly and as the only woman in my family without a sewing machine, it was decided that I should have hers. I had never really used a sewing machine but accepted it as a material connection to a woman I admire and miss daily. A few days after receiving the machine I just up and decided to make a signature quilt for my mom’s upcoming 50th birthday. Did I mention that I had never so much as threaded a sewing machine, had no idea how to make a quilt, and her birthday was less than six months away? Yeah, that’s how I do. There is something about crafty things – I jump in with both feet without really looking. It’s also how I have amassed a large collection of hobbies and crafts!
And that is how I’ve come to NaNoWriMo.
I have no plan, except I will write 1667 words per day for the month of November, am committed to attending at least one write-in per week (Please say hi if you see me at one!), and will do most of my writing under the watchful eye of my lifecoach, The Agnes.
I have no prep, except I signed up on the NaNoWriMo website, joined the NaNoWriMo:: Dayton Facebook page, and will attend the Kick-Off Party (is there an end of the month party?!).
I have no outline, except a vague notion of writing something kind of autobiographical because people tell me I should but also kind of fictional because I’m a pragmatic daydreamer and… why not write the story however I want? I created and use the hashtag #UDoUBooBoo because I’m all about honoring who we are at any given moment and celebrating every single day who we are becoming. So maybe I’m a little zany, out there, and quirky but I’m jumping in with both feet without really looking.
Dandelion in Bloom – autobiographical fiction
NaNoWriMo Newbie – First year!
I learned about NaNoWriMo from my dearest friend Cindysama in Indiana who has been talking about this for a few years and this year I wanted to support her in reaching her goal. As I looked into it more, I realized I wanted to give it a try.