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JulNoWriMo Compromise...

I had to figure out something because well...writing 2K a day just isn't going to happen right now. My life is to chaotic. You can call it excuses if you want to I call it reality. Get over it! My compromise is this. I am going to work on writing every day. I may only get 10 words written but I am going to focus on writing every single day.

I used to write a minimum of 1K a day. I don't know when or why that stopped. Sometimes life throws me sliders and I get lost trying to see where they are going! I hope to get my word count increased by just writing every day. I don't care if it is as inane as writing about the truck emptying the dumpsters at the apartments across the way (happening now in a neighborhood near you, okay maybe near me but you get the point) or just babbling on about the joys of dishpan hands, little dogs and trying to deep clean the house. The important thing is to write, get the brain to communicate with the fingers and keep the arthritic fingers nimble. It is a plan and whether is is good or not does not matter one iota. The fact of the matter is that it is my plan and that is what I am going to do.

Hmm, it sounds like the dumpster truck is now at the library. They are a little early tonight. They don't usually pick up the trash until after 3 in the morning. Maybe they have a new route or a new driver.

Anyway, if I keep up my writing then maybe by NaNoWriMo time I will be ready to write 2K a day. I don't know if I will be ready to write a novel or not but really we are going to take this one day at a time. I really don't know that I have another novel in me. I have lots of stories, essays, trivial thoughts and goober-y ideas but I don't know about another novel. Although I have considered serializing a novel like my friend Jamie DeBree does but again I am not going to push it. I am just trying to clear my head so to speak and let go of some of the thoughts that are taking up way too much space in my head.

Like the ones about the firefighters who died in Arizona the other day fighting a wildfire. So many of them were very young, just starting their lives and now they have been snuffed out in a terrible blaze. My heart breaks for that community and all of their families.

Up the street from me, literally about 4 blocks there is a reign of terror created by an arsonist. There have been seven fires since February. Fortunately no one has died yet as a result of those fires but many people have lost all of their belongings along with their feelings of personal safety. You can see PTSD symptoms beginning with some of the residents. It is heart breaking. I live in a wonderful neighborhood. These apartments have been a great home for many long term residents. I had often thought that if I were unable to live in my house any longer that I would try to get an apartment up there. As it stands those apartments may be gone before too long. It is so sad for those who have spent so many years calling the apartments home.

Fire is a powerful force for good but when it is out of control via nature or at the hands of an arsonist it becomes a dreadful weapon. It kills and destroys whatever is in its path. Fire and flooding are two of the most lethal forces that I know of. (Yes, I ended my sentence with a preposition.)

These are difficult times.



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