Wednesday, November 2, 2011

November Tripping

As you just might have heard, it's November. I love November because it contains my birthday, (today in fact! Love me!) my brother's birthday, (in eight days,) Thanksgiving, (turkey!!) and my husband's birthday (on the the 28th of the month).

November is one of the busiest months of the year for me, or would be, if I bought any presents for anyone ... I was very sick the last week of October and November marks the beginning of "officially feeling better."

It is crisp and cool and frequently sunny - like today! Though places all along the eastern part of our state (where we used to live) were hit hard with a late October snow storm and are still suffering power outages. I'm keeping those folks in prayer that they will have power again soon and that God will keep them safe.

I love November. But birthday cakes and turkey dinners aren't the only reasons I do. November is also National Novel Writing Month where an insane bunch of people get together to write 50K word novels in 30 days. Yeah, you heard me. If you haven't tried it, you should. It is a trip and a half, let me tell you! A journey so very worth the taking even if you do not reach the goal. For anyone who loves to write, it is a monument to self-expression. For the philosopher, a podium to say whatever you want to say without a moment's thought for just how neatly you say it. It is freedom of the best kind in the written word. For the story-teller, it is prime dreaming ground and I have launched into this year's dreaming with sheer delight. I get to write about Mikkayl, a character I created way back in 1998 (in November, believe it or not) with my dear friend Jax. I get to turn all that ruminating and role-playing into an epic tale to support another character I adore, Kai, created by my writing partner, Robin.

I am extremely excited about this dual project, coordinating, creating, ranting, raving... all of that! Getting to do it together with Robin is a joy and a blessing. I am expectant for all good things to come from this. Not only do I get to work with Robin, but I get to consult with Jax, who created Mikkayl's twin brother who will also be a major part of Mik's story. Writing his story is something I have been thinking about for years. It is a marvelous feeling to know that the time has come for this tale to be written. Even better, I get to write it as part of a series that I truly hope will be enjoyed by many people. 

I'd better get back to making my writing goal for the day, though. If you're reading, are you participating in NaNoWriMo? Head on over to the site if you don't know what it's all about and join in the days and nights of literary abandon! 

Let me know how you're doing, too. I'd love to hear from you.


  1. What a sweet thing to say! You know I'm excited to be working with you on this project — er, these projects :D — but I'll say it again. I have so much fun with you. Thanks so much for everything you do!

    ... I have a recipe for brining my turkey this year in orange juice. I love brined turkey!

  2. It's my pleasure and my honor!

    Hey - You will have to share that recipe with me, by the way. Orange is a flavor we toy with in many ways. Last year, my son wanted an Orange Meringue Pie. It was not nearly as good as Lemon but it was tasty. Too sweet, thus the lemon in the first place, I daresay.