Saturday, November 1st 1:23 PM

I woke up this morning with so many thoughts in my head. The first was…its NaNoWriMo Day! I got out of bed, took the dog out, and made breakfast. During the course of those tasks I found myself straightening every item in sight, looking at things critically and moving them, discarding them, rearranging them etc. Dang it my OCD was coming for a visit. I got a mental image of being back in the dorm freshman year of college. My roommate, who is still my very dearest friend would secretly laugh back then (she was too kind to laugh out loud), watching me get ready to start homework. I would first prepare a cup of tea, always using a cup and saucer my brother had given to me. It was sky blue, and had a design in dark blue of clusters of cherries and a checkerboard pattern. After making the tea I would take out three Nilla Wafer cookies and arrange them on the saucer. Then I’d lay out my homework in front of me. I’d sit back and look at my desk, turn the tea cup slightly or adjust a Nilla Wafer. Then I’d survey it all again before starting on my homework.

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Thursday, October 16 7:10 PM

I’m a little bit terrified. Okay, not really. Not much scares me these days. Maybe the wasp that’s been clinging to the curtain in the front room, periodically flying up to the ceiling then back to the curtain. But not much else. I know who I am. I know who drives my bus and fear doesn’t generally play a part in my life. But that said, I’m a little terrified. It’s now October 16th. This means that NaNoWriMo starts in just over two weeks. I’m not ready. I’m not prepared. I don’t have an outline. And those 3 x 5 index cards I started at the workshop I attended last Friday? I don’t have a full set yet!

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