Big surprise. I decided to do NaNoWriMo again this year. When I was asked about it in October, I flatly told anyone who would listen to me–NO. I rushed through 50,000 words for the last two Novembers and this year I was going to concentrate on finishing up my fifth book in the Pecan Bayou series. Halloween night I’m sitting at my laptop in a funny hat between running to the door when my husband says, “Are you getting ready to NaNoWriMo?” (Yes, that word is actually a verb in my household.)
I think he looks forward to me being so busy in November. This may directly relate to the currently active college football season, but I can’t be sure. So, he talked me into it. I have a novel that has been bouncing around the back of my head for the last year. I was planning to work on it after the book I’m currently plodding through, but I just couldn’t resist the chance to try.
Ever since home economics class years ago, I have enjoyed sewing. I’ve sewn apparel, things for my home, quilts and all kinds of things for my disabled son like chair covers. I make plenty of mistakes and throw away failed projects all the time. In some ways sewing is a lot like writing. You have to practice at it and even though you think it’s going to be wonderful it can turn out to be junk. So what do you do? Rip it out and try it again or in writers’ terms, rip it up and try it again.
One of my favorite programs on television is Project Runway. For a writer this show is like going to an all-you-can-eat smorgasbord of interesting characters. Then, I was so happy to hear about a new sewing program from the UK titled The Great British Sewing Bee. Instead of a group of fashion school graduates, it was people from all walks of life who just liked to sew. Instead of having to design an outfit they were given a commercially made pattern. I grew to love these people as much or more as the crazy designers from the New York based show. Between the sets of characters in the two different programs I could see a book was itching to write.
So here I am doing double writing duty and having a great time with it. My NaNoWriMo book will not be a murder mystery. Surprise again! Maybe I shouldn’t say that until I actually finish it. I may have to kill somebody off. I can see it now The Taffeta Murders…
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