It's been a while. But as writers ourselves, we've been busy with NaNoWriMo, the National Novel Writing Month. The tag? 50,000 words in 30 days. (Whoever thought of this is both brilliant and cruel, as there is a major U.S. holiday in there, and its not even a month with the full 31 days)....but I digress.
If you want to friend on us NaNo, we are michgirl, and awgifford. That being said, I encourage everyone to at least try it. It's a great way to challenge the writer in you to an all out duel with your internal editor. Sound easy? Guess again, mes amis. It's extremely difficult to turn off my internal editor and just delve head first into the creative writing process. I blame my O.C.D. and caffeine (and my neighbors creepy garden gnome) for my idle distractions. But once the internal editor is off, the prose start to flow, and some of my best stories and work come forth from this challenge.
I have finished my first full length novel this year with NaNo. Now onto NaNoEdBaYoHeMo...or National Novel Editing Bang Your Head Month in December...this process (at least for me) involves alcoholic beverages and broken pencils.
Your fearless editors, in the midst of our creative endevours this month, have also been busy doing interviews and questionaires for Bete Noire. We're impressed with the amount of feedback we've been getting (all good, knock on skulls), and have been humbled to be interviewed by W.C. Roberts for his blog (link to follow once the article is written), and for 6 Questions for.blogspot.com. We'll be posting more on that later.
And now.....its OPEN READING PERIOD!
Get thee fingers moving, put pen to paper, and scribble scribble scribble your little hearts out! Type, type, type like a fat little pigeon! (Throw Mama From the Train).We love the poetry and artwork, so keep it coming.
So as we wait for the submissions to roll in, I'm going to surround myself with my favorite things....Macintosh and vanilla candles, vanilla tea from Harney and Sons, my clicky pen and red leather notebook, and write myself. This rainy weather is too good to waste....