I thought this would be the year that I didn’t participate in NaNoWriMo at all. I’ve worked so hard for the last few years, and I was thinking about taking it easy. Taking a break. I’m speaking at my local RWA chapter on Saturday with the founder Chris Baty and current executive director Grant Faulkner. I’m on the Writer’s Board. (Did you know that? HOW COOL IS THAT?) I thought maybe that would grant me a pass this year.
But then, last night while in bed, an idea that had lodged itself in my head a few weeks ago suddenly sprouted wings, big huge glitter-covered ones. It started flapping about inside my head and I think I have to write this book. Soon.
Then I realized what else is soon. National Novel Writing Month. It’s just around the corner.
So, I’m in. Again. I’m so madly in love with this idea, and I think it could be big and sweet and wonderful, dusted with a bit of magical realism, which I’ve always wanted to write. This wee baby ghost is tugging at my sleeve, and I can’t seem to shake it. It wants to be real. (As real as a ghost can ever be, that is.)
And if you wanted to send me to the Night of Writing Dangerously, here’s my page. If you don’t, darling Fairy Godmother, that’s okay, too. Don’t do it if it’s a hardship! I worry! (For those of you newer to my world, the Night of Writing Dangerously is an amazing candy and caffeine-fueled fundraiser for the branch of NaNoWriMo that brings the programs to schools all over the country. It’s wonderful. An anonymous benefactor has been sending me to it for years, and it’s my high holiday, truly.)
And Fairy Godmother? If, say, you ever wanted to reveal yourself to me and come to SF from wherever you are and participate, too, could I take you to dinner? I WOULD LOVE TO MEET YOU and the fact that I still don’t know who you are is the Great Unsolved Mystery (and I have to admit, it’s delicious). But I would totally take you out on the town if you ever unmasked. Just saying.
*Update – the lovely and sweetest Diane of Alice’s Embrace is sending me! OMG, I did not see that coming! and dear Jean H (Rachaelista) bumped it up even more! FG, if you’d still like to donate, if we hit $425, I’ll take a worthy NaNo-ing companion who can’t afford to go (my sister isn’t doing it this year, alas).
*Update #2 – FAIRY GODMOTHER DOES IT AGAIN taking us over the top!!! Awwww. Just, awwww. Heart full.