My Head is Going to Explode

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Part of it is fall allergies. But the main problem is preparing for the NaNoWriMo novel challenge in November. Been thinking about story lines, characters. Worrying about losing my mind in the process. Started jotting down ideas on a legal pad a few days ago. Now I have 2 pages full of snippets. Glanced over the list last night and a strange thought came to mind. “Good grief, much of this is from my own experiences.” I could write an auto-biography and no one would know, or believe it. If they did, I ‘d get a one way ticket to the basket weaving academy.

True living in New Orleans for 20 odd years added to the list of oddities. One night in the French Quarter is the rough equivalent of a year in the suburbs. The most exciting things in my life this last month is the bug guy came and sprayed for termites. Well Mr. Husband ate something bad and hurled, but that was a vicarious experience at best. And oh yeah, my girlfriend got a boob job. Now I want one too. But that will pass, I’d want a new pair of boots if she got some. That reminds me, I bought 2 pairs of boots last week. A gal just can’t have too many pairs of boots, in my opinion.

Back to the novel contest. It will be interesting to see if I persevere. I’ve given up on New Year’s resolutions because they are sooo…permanent. I know I can do something for a 40 days because I frequently make some kind of habit change for Lent. One year I gave up the F word. That was an incredible challenge. It made me realize just how much I used that as a go to word when ticked off. During that time I researched more interesting ways to swear. My 2 favorites are “great crucibles of balderdash” followed with “by Thor’s left buttock!” Try saying that to the person who stole your parking place. Doesn’t help, but they might be a little scared of the crazy lady.

One thing that concerns me is that Thanksgiving falls right at the end of this dash to the finish line. Ah Ha, see there I’m making excuses already! Maybe I need to come up with some sort of reward to finish. A trip to Berlin or Moscow. Yea buddy.

8 responses

  1. I think, given your alternatives, I’m going to stick with the F word – after all, it is more acceptable here anyway!

  2. Hee Hee yes, indeed an intact head makes all the difference.

    An English teacher once told me that, with the hundred of thousands of adjectives out the to use F’n as the only one, was mental laziness. She was talking about cursing in general. I didn’t drop the F bomb in her class. That has stuck with me to this day. Too bad I rarely take her advice.

  3. Hey we can be NaNoWriMo buddies. I’m taking the challenge, too. And I too have been jotting down characters, setting and plot the past few days. And preparing blogs for the month since I’m doing the daily challenge, too. Going to just do a couple paragraphs about my favorite travel sites with photos, then perhaps comment on how the novel contest is going. Good luck — to both of us.

    1. Yay. Now I have 2 WriMo buddies. This is going to be fun.

  4. Ha ha! Interesting lives make interesting stories… Make the working title of your novel “Lies About My LIfe.” Then go ahead and tell the best stories, embellish, throw in a few outright porkies, red herrings, shocking true details with the names and hair colour changed to protect the guilty. Punish those who pissed you off and reward the meek who never had the strength to seize their due. Dump your life into a great big stew-pot – see what sinks, what floats and what makes its way into the ladle and onto the plate…
    Do it fast. Do it messy. Have fun.
    And for godsakes, use the bloody F word as much as you need to!

    (By the way – I am copying this and putting it on the wall for myself! How easy to give advice to others and then sit and moan and whinge and whine when I’m stuck for something to write after 32,000 words…)

    1. That’s a great idea!!! I’m really looking forward to this now. I’m going to put that on my wall in front of my computer. Woo hoo!

  5. How funny! Sorry about the pending explosion of your head. Hopefully it won’t make too big of a mess. Actually, that might really do you in when it comes to NaNoWriMo–hard to write headless.

    Have to admit, I too am a big fan of the F-word–drives my partner nuts. Only her head hasn’t exploded yet.

    I ‘d love to hear more about your crazy life.

    In the meantime, here’s to keeping our heads in tact————–

    Kathy

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