It’s Saturday here in Florida. Sunny, windy and cool. And it’s November 1, 2014. This day arrived much too fast, and I’m not prepared. Not even close. But you know what? I’m a brave soul, so I’m going to do it anyway. Plunge right into the shadows.
I’ll be attempting to write my second novel during this month. A fairly complete first draft. NaNoWriMo is here, and it starts today. Unlike last year, I won’t get any help from Bumble. Why? Is this sweet dog suddenly becoming uncooperative? No, it’s really simple. He was not there, in Africa. But I’m sure he’ll sympathize, and offer a warm paw on my shoulder on a daily basis. In exchange for a light back massage.
So I’m all alone with my recollections of that time. And what I might have learned from those adventurous days, months and years when Africa changed my perspectives on life. Here’s a little teaser.
It’s all about perspective. When you lay on your back on the parched ground, you will see bright blue skies through the opening formed by your body in the tall elephant grass. It’s yellowed and crispy. It doesn’t move. You see, there is not a breath of wind. Instead, the air is vibrating in the heat, adding shifting patterns to the sky. And you think of dance. Relaxing, slow dance of the universe. Music in B flat. Your perspective on life is being adjusted by Africa.
This will not be easy. There will be some pain along the way. And doubts about the value of my story. Or how it’s being told. The crocodile is waiting. But I have to try. This story has been bugging me for quite a while now. And know myself. I work best under tight deadlines. Always have.
To reinforce the time aspect, and make it a bit more difficult to quit, I’ve put a validated word counter on my side bar. I’m hoping for some butt-kicking from my friends here when the bar doesn’t move. Such a kind act would improve the meager odds of reaching my goal of 50,000 words in November. I’m also hoping some friends will join me on this journey. It would be easier to suffer through the upcoming 29 days together.
I’ll probably post short poems and quotes to express my mood of the day along the way. And maybe one or another tiny update on Papa Osprey. I’ll need to exercise too when I sit nailed to my chair most of the time, right? I’ll also try my best to hang around your blogs to fetch inspiration for my journey. But it’ll probably be late in the day and a bit less than usual. I hope you’ll understand.
So here we go… taking off… it’s now or never.
Have a wonderful weekend. Love always, Tiny
27 thoughts on “Do You Know What Day It Is?”
This should be a wonderful book! I knew you wanted to write it, so it will be a good push for you. I’m not doing NaNoWriMo this year, but I will be posting every day this month. You have my email if you need a shoulder to vent on my friend. I will help you any way I can, but I know you can do it! ❤
Thanks Jackie! I thought you’d do it again…but grateful for the shoulder! I’m sure I’ll need it. This is a much more difficult project for me. I’ve been thinking about it a lot, but not writing anything…so we’ll see how it goes. Thanks for your encouragement, my friend ❤
I really do want you to email me if you feel the need my friend. I am supporting you, even if I’m not doing it myself this year. ❤
Thanks Jackie! I promise…you’ll see me there.
Best of luck. Enjoy yourself.
Thanks Nancy! I’ll need every bit of luck I can get!
Tiny, my friend! You have me in your corner and I will kick butt when I see you slack. You CAN do this! YOU CAN! I have complete faith in you! The first step is the hardest … you know the one … overcoming that paralyzing fear. Yes! I feel it! Your second book! Yes, Tiny! And I will be hear reading every work cheering you on to the finish line!!! (((HUGS))) Amy
Oh Amy! Thanks so much for your encouragement!!! Now I’ll need to try even harder not to be caught by the crocodile in midstream! Thanks again and many hugs!!
LIke I said, I really have faith in you!!! You’ve got my vote! xx Amy
ready, set , go
I am so proud of you! I know how much work you put into the novel last year – so I can only imagine how exhausting this one will be. Ever since you mentioned possibly writing a book about your African experiences, I’ve been super interested, so I’ll definitely cheer you on to finish this! Cannot wait to read it, Tiny!
Thanks Nancy! I’m plowing away. Right now words are dropping on the screen quite effortlessly. But I know it will change…the uphill will come, and I’ll crawl on all four…Thanks again for your support, much appreciated!!
Sending productive thoughts your way!
Thanks! Those thoughts are much appreciated!
Papa osprey is so proud!!
Good luck with launch into this new hemisphere.
Infinity and beyond …… 🙂
I’m rooting for you!
I hope so! I just saw him gliding high up past my office window, where I write, towards the ocean. He seems to love this windy weather! Thanks for your rooting, I can feel the good vibes!
I loved your little excerpt, Helen; it drew me in, and I wanted more…
Congrats to you.. xoxoxo
Oh, I hope congrats will be in place at some point…I’m only in the beginning of this adventurous project! Just wanted to tell about it now so I’ll think twice before considering quitting. Thanks Carolyn for your encouragement ! Xoxo
I have always loved your Africa posts. I’m cheering you on from the other side of sunny Florida. You got this!
Thanks Cyndi! I can hear the cheers in the wind 🙂
I don’t think there is any feeling worse than an untold story – Tell your story, it wants to be told. The time is now. And I look forward to reading it!
You are right, this story has been poking me for a while now…Thanks for your encouragement Tahira!
Go for it, my friend♥ 🙂
Your writing sure inspires me to steal time (months or years perhaps, even) from my very pragmatic society to sit down and write. Thank you for sharing your light and inspiration and do take good care, too.
Thanks for your kind words and good wishes, B! Happy you are taking the time to write too. Take care ❤
Will be cheering you on from distant shores!
Thank you Gallivanta! Your cheers are always so delightful!