I was looking at the Nanowrimo site. Apparently I joined on October 11 2010. What an innocent time that was. I was just 20 days away from starting Nano and the creative writing module I was doing for my degree, with the Open University. Why innocent? Because my Mother was just 20 days away from dying of lymphoma.
That was hell. Mum newly dead and I had to go on with the module. I began the novel I wanted to write “Stone Field”, but it had changed into a story about motherhood. I was filled with an unfocused rage and could barely see beyond the edge of the paper.
This year I’m 18 days away from Nano with another novel that has motherhood at its centre. No one else that I love had better die this time. I don’t think I could survive it this time.
Yes, once more into the breach dear friends. Here we go again! It’s coming up to mid october so it’s time to sharpen up the typewriter and degunge the Chromebook. Nanowrimo will be starting soon and I’ve decided to give it another go. I actually missed the silliness last year, but I was really far too busy on the last module of my degree. Because it was the last module I felt I had to give it a bit more time and attention. But now I’ve finished, the certificate arrived today and I am a real, live, BA Open (hons) with a 2:1. Woo hoo!
I still have not worked on or knocked into shape, the novel I was originally writing the last time I “did” Nanowrimo. To be honest, though I still want to finish it, I am getting sick and tired of it. So, I have a new plot, a new title and one character. I have come up with the ending and basic idea. Want to know what it’s called?
Something Rich and Strange
I’ve accepted that I am somewhat obsessed with the sea, (hence, y’know, the title of this blog) this will also be along the lines of the sea, motherhood, Welsh legends and general strangeness.
Business as usual.