Sunday, November 13, 2011

Out but not Down

Halvah taking advantage of a momentary break...

I am officially throwing in the towel for NaNoWriMo 2011, at least as far as hitting 50k is concerned.  If I had more free time, maybe I'd do some frenzied catching up, but I don't, and music is still taking priority. The fact that I feel great relief rather than guilt in letting go of this particular goal tells me it's the right thing to do.

I wrote a lot over the course of this year, pretty consistently, usually two or three pages a day.  I've proven to myself I can take a story and finish it without needing a contest as motivation, so I'm not too worried.  If this story is worth writing, it will be written.

Now getting ready for the type-in in a bit here!  Wouldn't miss that, even if I'm no longer a Typewriter Brigade member.

Also working on a set of polka tunes: Bill Sullivan's / Dennis Murphy's / Sean Ryan's.  Bill Sullivan is a decent chap, I'm in love with Sean Ryan, but Dennis Murphy is not my friend at the moment.  Maybe I'll record these (albeit in rather bland solo mandolin format) once I get them down.

12 comments:

mpclemens said...

Don't burn that membership card. The Brigade is like the mob, you know: once you're in, you're in.

You may be pleased to know that my characters attended an impromptu (and non-outlined) guitar-and-mandolin jam in a county fair parking lot. Non-essential to the story, but a little bit of scene-building that was fun to write. So you're influencing a story, even if you're not in the throes of writing one.

Bill M said...

Beautiful picture of your cat. Have fun with the polka's. I'm sure you will enjoy it. Loads of fun.

Anonymous said...

What a beautiful pussy! I'm looking at my blonde tabby right now. We have enough artificial deadlines already right now. This NaNoWriMo thing is fun, but someone with discipline like you doesn't have to have that. I'm about a third of the way but I'm not going to stroke out if I don't make it! However, I will finish my novel, regardless of the calendar. Love your blog, as usual. RichardK/TX

Ted said...

I gave it a good college try last year, but I was certain that I didn't have the time to even try this year, so you should feel no shame in at least trying and getting *something* written. You did better than me (:

Cameron said...

Playing music and writing when you WANT to sounds pretty good to me.

NaNo will be there next year.

Meanwhile, enjoy yourself, and keep being creative on your own terms!

Anonymous said...

Absolutely the correct decision. NaNo is work but it is also supposed to be fun. If your heart and attention are elsewhere, go that way. And the Typewriter Brigade is like the Hotel California: you can check in any time you want but you can never leave.

I did get a smile about the polkas. Susan and I have had a running joke for thirty years about their music value. She grew up with them and I grew up with show tunes and sea chanties.

Jeff The Bear

deek said...

I'm still in the camp of using Nano to prove I can finish a story. I look forward to the time when I can just write without Nano motivation and not worry about if I'll ever finish the story.

Little Flower Petals said...

Irish polkas are a little different from what I think folks usually think when they hear the word...here's an example from the Chieftains, including my old friend Denis Murphy (and I think the local group also plays the last tune, but by a different name...tune names vary widely, and sometimes several tunes go by the same name due to mixups over the years and miles). In any case, they're bouncy and a lot of fun to play once you have them down. I'll get to know Denis yet.

Mike Clemens--I'm honored, I think!

Despite somewhat gloomy weather, the type-in today was a lot of fun. I wrote a few more pages of my story (in pencil), and typed up a few pages to scan for a blog post at a later date, and I believe there will be upcoming blog posts from the other participants as well.

Dwayne F. said...

That is a lovely Meezer. So jealous.

Anonymous said...

Elizabeth,

Thanks for the link to the Irish polkas. Very different (and more enjoyable)than the accordian and oom pah polkas that drive me crazy after two songs.

Jeff The Bear

MTCoalhopper said...

Day fourteen, and my word count puts me up to... hmm... about where I should have been on day three. As much fun as NaNo can be, we participate at the risk of neglecting human relationships.

I may have to be joining you on the NaNo sidelines, cheering for everyone else, and enjoying the relief from expectations.

OldFashionedGirl said...

Welcome to the no-longer-needing-Nano-to-finish club!