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#NaNoWriMo2017

I am participating in a writing project called NaNoWriMo. That cute little word, say it – it’s cute – stands for National Novel Writing Month. Not only do I have a novel idea, I have about 14 of them. I enjoy playing in my head with ideas for stories I’d like to see lived out on the written page.

I’ve never actually put much on paper besides a blog post or an email. I have no college english classes, writing classes or any idea what I am doing. I did a small amount of participation in ‘Preptober’ – get it?! Like ‘October’ only with some preparation? I did a little preparation in my head, a little on paper and a lot on youtube – one of my Most Favorite Things. I am still fleshing out my storyline and characters as I go along. It turns out that I fall somewhere in between the ‘plotters’ and the ‘pantsers’ in the contest. A little plotting and a little flying by the seat of my pants.

I have been completely inspired by and ridiculously enamored with this girl. Agh! I want to meet her and hang with her. I am actually fairly certain we must be related in someway – but maybe it’s just my deep, Scottish heritage manifesting itself.

Oh, yes. It’s a contest and I am seriously pursuing a ‘Winner’ T-shirt. You win NaNoWriMo by getting a 50,000 word novel on paper. Today is Day 5 and I am on target so if I just stick with the program, it should be completely attainable, right? Say yes.

The program I am referring to is getting up at 5 a.m. and writing for an hour. I like to think I can do that for 31 days and the rest of my life as I become a famous author. I’m actually enjoying that time between 5 and 6. I assume it will get harder and I’ll run out of ideas and sometimes it will feel like real work.

Until then, I’ll be all ‘I’m-getting-up-early-and-writing-a-novel’ about it. I feel like I am trying on ‘Author’ clothing and behaving my way to believing it. The most exciting part so far is being introduced to an entire writing world – blogs, books, courses, theories, and ideas. I didn’t even know what I didn’t know before embarking on this. But that’s usually the case with most new things.

When I don’t think what I am writing is all that good, I have been most encouraged by the following quote by the dreamy and wonderful Ann Lamott.

So…I’m starting somewhere.

Hi. I’m Janet Costello and I am writing a novel.

My novel, in case you had any inclination to know, is a modern day foundling story about a woman who encounters an abandoned newborn and does not respond in the way that might be considered reasonable and prudent under the circumstances. The story will follow the consequences of her actions and the chain of events that is set in motion by her chance discovery. 

 

 

Queen of the World

I was once Queen of the World.

You don’t think so?!

Check out the entries on this very blog from September, 2010 or July 2012 or June 2014. Farms and experiments, day trips and tiny, adorable children dot those pages. Easy, breezy fun happened at ever turn and all things were new and exciting. I had little kids whose needs, quite honestly, were easily met.

Even if I was not Queen of the World, I was, at least, Queen of Pancakes, Playdates, Parks and Picnic Blankets – and that is saying a lot.

I haven’t blogged much over the last year, because so much has changed and I now live on another planet. The terrain is unfamiliar and the atmosphere is completely different. Ethan is now an adult and I like to vent my frustrations write about this new world at Living With A Happy Man.  The system in which we are dealing and the emotions that I am contending with are running a tight second to the disconcerting first few years of his life.

The smiling, muddy homeschoolers who were the muses of most of my posts became teenagers and went off to public school. They took to that like fish to water, while I was left floundering a little in a very different role. Definitely NOT Queen of the World. More like waitress and chauffeur. I could not have known the immensity of the statement ‘little kids, little problems’ and the converse about big kids until now. I have really, really good kids – and this teen parenting thing is intense. Emotionally, spiritually, and intellectually, I am always reckoning with an issue with or for one of them.

The adorable, miniature accessory I used to have, otherwise known as ‘Sean’, does not even resemble the skinny little toddler who graced my pages with great photos entitled ‘The Daily Sean’. He is 8 and thinks he’s 12. No kid shows or toys for this one. I’ve been cheated. Homeschooling alone is nothing like the homeschooling a passel and we are trying to find our footing on this new planet I told you that we now inhabit.

This one will ALWAYS pose for a picture! Makes me happy 🙂

My teens do not love me sharing their personal information or letting me take photos for that matter. I feel like an era is over and that has made it hard to continue here in my little corner of cyberspace. But, I’ve been soul searching and going to therapy, which turns out are the same thing, and I realized that writing is my jam. I acknowledge that I like it, love it and really want to hone it. What better place to do that than here.

So it’s back to the drawing board, literally. My goals is to write about what is in front of me – the sights, the sounds and the experiences. My goal is to be authentic and get a little (or a lot) personal.

My goal, really, is to write.

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