Hijacking NaNoWriMo

It could be worse; I could be trying to write with these tools! (Newspaper Rock in southeastern Utah, near where Ken disappeared)

Can you believe it’s November already? Can you say NaNoWriMo? A friend and I are sharing weekly goals with each other in the hopes that the accountability created by letting someone else in on our ambitious little secrets will help us meet those goals. She plans to speed-write a novel of 50,000 words by the end of the month in accordance with the challenge of National Novel Writing Month. I have no interest in writing a novel, but maybe I can hijack the focus for my own purposes. So my goal for November is to write for what will eventually be a biography of my dad’s life and ideas. Specifically, I plan to interview at least two people who knew him, and write up the discussion. And also to write up a couple of the interviews I did with Ken in the six months or so before he disappeared. As with NaNoWriMo, the goal is not to create literature—in the highbrow sense—but to create freely by overcoming the inner critic. Quantity over quality. Sort of like my goals for starting this blog.

The challenges and excuses rearing their heads already are abundant. Technical: How do I call someone and record that call such that I have an editable audio file in the end? Strategic: Can I look at my dad’s life as a heroic journey, and what questions should I ask to get to that story? Logistic: How do I make time to do all this AND continue leading my weight loss support group and edit the congregation’s newsletter and write my blog and host Thanksgiving dinner and earn a living? I’ll come up with a vision and read it to myself morning and evening. Yeah, more writing will solve the problem.

So in getting out of my own muck and mire, I want to acknowledge Rabbi Mark Glickman, whose first book has just now been published. I received my pre-ordered copy of “Sacred Treasure; the Cairo Genizah” in the past week, and I feel as though I’ve been part of his adventure, listening to his stories about the planning and writing of it for over a year, and enjoying the slide show of his field trip to Egypt with his son to experience it firsthand. Maybe that is the trick—have a community with you on the journey. So if you have ideas or advice for me, please contribute!

About Leslie

In my 50th year, I had an amazing transformation that I had actually lost hope of achieving... I started a program that helped me lose 40 lbs and three sizes! The program met all my requirements for being sensible, fitting my lifestyle, nearly cost-neutral, and focused on acquiring habits for long term optimal health. This blog is to share some of what I discovered and what I am still learning. To learn more about my program, go to www.iamlivinghealthy.com, or just ask me!
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