Wednesday, July 12, 2006

The blog I meant to blog

...or, a blog of links.

I discovered NaNoWriMo from Holly's blog. I'm very seriously considering doing this, which may seem absolutely ridiculous considering I was just whining about maybe having too much on my plate. But the very thought of writing a novel (or, in this case, more of a novella) just thrills me. I think I'm at least going to sign up. (If you haven't already, you really need to click on the NaNoWriMo link to see what I'm talking about. Also, the info is really well-written, and is an enjoyable read. If you've got time, check out How NaNoWriMo Works, and their History. Fun reads.)

The thing is, I've actually got a plot idea in mind, and I've had it for about 10 years. I came up with it while listening to the City of Angels soundtrack while driving through Colorado. Actually, I wasn't driving, but you get the point. I've developed it some over the years, but it's only one of many scenarios I imagine when I can't sleep (obviously this is a life-long problem of mine). I was telling my mom this weekend that I do that--imagine stories when I can't sleep--and I realized that this may be an uncommon thing. I'd never really given it much thought. Now, I'm pretty realistic about the whole thing--I know I probably won't complete the project, but I also think it'd be great fun to see what I can do with it. I do not have delusions of literary grandeur (well, okay, maybe that scenario has entered my imaginings once or twice since finding out about it, but I know that's all it is--imaginary), but I think it'd be really fun to at least try. Because of the deadline (you really need to click on the link if you haven't already), I know that I wouldn't have time to edit, which would be a good thing for me. I would only be able to write, and the prospect thrills me.

On a separate note, we closed on our house last Wednesday, and, because we now have some extra money, Aaron and I are going to take a trip to San Antonio in September, the 1st-3rd. I made reservations yesterday--check it out. Here, too. I booked our room on Travelocity, and was very pleased with the rate--it's lower than the hotel's advertised rate, anyway. We need people to watch our children, so let us know if you'd like to volunteer for that job. I'm pretty excited. I haven't been to San Antonio in years, and even then we didn't stay very close to the Riverwalk. I want to ride in the water-taxi and maybe do a river tour, which are both much cheaper than I imagined, and Aaron wants to go to the Buckhorn Saloon, which looks interesting to me too. And, for the sake of one more link (and because it's true), we'll probably go to the Riverwalk Mall also. Finding all these links actually made me more excited about the trip, as I was seeing how beautiful the area is! Yay!

There. Do you see what some good sleep and a cathartic blog can do for my attitude? Not to mention some well-timed encouragement from Adam (I'm infinitely lovely) and Ephesians (I'm up against more than I can handle on my own).


Anonymous said...

Is there anything like NaNoWriMo for writing dissertations?

I'm not sure about this, but I am pretty doubtful that Amanda and I can help watch your kids. That's an incredibly busy time for me at work, and I feel a responsibility to guard the weekends I won't be working a little bit. That's just my initial hunch...I will also talk to the Lord (and Amanda) about it.

I am really excited that the two of you are going to get some quality alone time away from Waco. I know that's important.

Adam said...

I think you should set up another blog and blog us your novel.

Anonymous said...

Ever since our conversation, I've been thinking about it. Maybe we can be "writing buddies", like running buddies, only encouraging eachother to write. I'm still just pondering it.

Anonymous said...

I saw your nanowrimo blogsite. Great idea!