Thursday, October 30, 2014
The Hydrangea and the Bee
It's the waning days of fall here in upstate New York. But don't tell this bee. She (see right side of photo) was buzzing around this hydrangea Tuesday as I tried to take its picture. It's almost doomsday for Ms. Bee, but she keeps on buzzing and was enjoying what might be the warmest day of the rest of the year. (Just don't tell her the killing frost is just around the corner.)
Another hydrangea nearby, in the garden of the Broome County Library in downtown Binghamton, New York, was showing the colors of fall. Don't you love those stripes?
As unbelievable as it is for plants to be blooming on October 27, even more unbelievable is the fact that November begins on Saturday.
And, with November begins NaNoWriMo, a 30 day non stop writing journey. It's 30 days of uninhibited writing, no editing.
No plot? No problem. No idea where your story is going? No problem. No muse? No problem.
NaNoWriMo is a lot of sweat, coffee, and more sweat and coffee. The forums are full of discussion and strange people. I'll be in good company, as I am strange, too. There will be pep talks by famous writers. And at the end, I'll have a manuscript I didn't have on November 1, to do whatever I want with.
During NaNoWriMo, there's a lot of wondering about personal sanity. There's my long suffering spouse, sadly shaking his head as his spouse disappears into writing land.
This is my third NaNoWriMo, and until last night, I didn't think I was going to do it. I have other manuscripts on my computer-never revisited, never edited, never again seeing the light of my laptop screen.
My muse? Never had one. She's probably lying unconscious somewhere, OD'd on chocolate.
So this year, I am going to be like the Binghamton bee. I am not going to question why there is a flower to feed off of on October 27. I will take what I am given. If I have time to write, I will. If I don't, I won't. If something happens in my life, it will become part of my book.
I can always edit the rants out later.
And, with the sweet pollen of what is left, I will make honey.
That's the plan, anyway.
Are you doing NaNoWriMo? I'd love some company. My "pen" name is RamblinWritr. If you ask to be my buddy, I'll be yours.