Dear my Loyal Readers, Visitors and Fellow Jedi/Sith:
Poetry is my foundation. Yet, for the month of November I have taken upon the challenge and motivation to write a novel in a month for NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month). If you haven’t heard of this organization, it is just what it says it is. Write a novel. In a month. In November. Created for aspiring novelists or for those that may need an extra push to finish a project. I have tried in years past to participate and reach the 50,000 words needed to “win” the NaNoWriMo. And in years past I have failed because I reached a dead end in my story telling. But this year…this year it is downright magical! I failed in the past because I just did not truly have a story to tell. Earlier this year I began on a journey with some characters that appeared in my obviously awesome brain. And for months I have let their voices and identity roll around until I could see them clearly. In fact, I wrote poems for them as inspiration. K.M. and E.C. and previously posted them.
Then when NaNoWriMo came around again this year, I let go. I had realized a lot of the poetry I had written this year was in fact in relation to the story I wanted to tell. And I am so excited to finally understand what and why the words I have chosen for my poetry fell the way they did onto the pages. It was all to shape the world and identity for my novel that I am
writing! I can’t believe I am actually saying this: I AM WRITING A NOVEL!!! In college I remember telling people that I will write the next great American novel…a little conceited I know. Do I think the shit that I am writing now is to that caliber?
Yes! Probably not. But, I am just freaking excited that I have a concept that is becoming actualized.
So alas, that is where I have been. Writing, but just not poetry at this moment. Actually, lets just say it is my poetry in prose. I have numerous unfinished poems that still need my attention within my collection that I promise I will get to and post for you to read. Ultimately though I am excited to share tidbits from my novel with you later. I’m well passed the 50,000 word goal for this challenge at NaNoWriMo, and I still have a lot more to go. And when I go back to edit my story where I will cringe at parts that are utter crap and wonder at the brilliance of others, I will share with you dear reader. Because, what is the point of creating art through words, if it’s not to share.
So please, hang tight. Send encouraging remarks. Read my archived poems, find your favorite. I am also on Twitter @above_fire if you want to see my 140 word count thoughts on life, the sometimes stupidity of humanity, proof of my awesome parenting skills to a 6 & 4 year old, or to see that I am actually writing and didn’t fall off the face of the Earth.
In the mean time I won’t forget you if you don’t forget me.