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Once of the first things my freshman English professor taught me was that if you don’t know what to write, just sit down, start typing (or literally put the pen to paper and start writing) and let your words flow. Eventually an idea will come to you.

I knew that I wanted to participate in NaNoWriMo this year, but I didn’t think I would have the time, let alone enough to say for 50,000 words. I had a general plot, as in I had an opening paragraph, but that was it. No real idea of where I wanted to go with my novel. Then I found myself signed up on the website (be my buddy here) and suddenly BAM! I was doing NaNoWriMo. So I sat down and typed my awesome opening paragraph. Then I followed my dear, sweet professor’s advice and just continued writing. I had no idea what the plot was going to be. Suddenly I’m 1,496 words into it and I type one sentence, one measly little random sentence and I have my plot. Well, when I say plot I mean general direction of where I want the story to go. I have the ending clear in my mind. I can see the finish line. I just have about 48,000 more words to get there.

I don’t think I’m ready to share the plot of the novel with you just yet, as I myself am still trying to figure it all out. But I will share with you a little excerpt of what I’ve written, and maybe it will catch your interest? Don’t worry, this is NOT the opening paragraphs. This is about 2,000 words into the novel. Speaking of, is it weird that I’m 2,000 words into the novel and haven’t even revealed my main characters first name? Don’t worry, it’s coming within the next paragraph. Not that I’ll be posting that here. More of a mental note. Right. Moving along… the excerpt.

At first glance this morning I not only saw no presence of my mother, but no presence of her wedding dress. Having a minor freak out I rushed into the closet, pushing clothes out of the way, consequences be damned, until I found it. As I walked out of the closet I couldn’t help but wonder why she had taken the time to hide it. Was she hiding it from me? Or like so many other things in this house, was she hiding so she didn’t have to remember the life she once had?

I did a quick check in the rest of the rooms in the house; no sign of my mother. Though I hate to say it, I checked for running cars shut it the windowless garage, my mother’s limp body dangling over the drivers seat; a suicide note, containing all the words she wanted to say but simply couldn’t, clinging romantically to the windshield wiper. Alas, all I found was an empty garage in need of a serious cleaning session. I decided to make myself some lunch and wait for her to come back. Let’s be honest, this isn’t the first time she has come home during the middle of the day.

What do you think? Is it attention grabbing? Feel free to leave you opinions in the comments! I’m off to dreamland.

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BEDA 4: Just Listen to the Music of the Traffic In the City…

Having gotten myself into this BEDA thing, I have been thinking of other popular acronyms in which I could participate. So I have decided this year I am going to take part in NANOWRIMO. If you are unfamiliar with this term, it stands for NAtional NOvel WRIting MOnth. For the entire month of November thousands of people set out to write their own 50,000 word novel and then submit them to the NANOWRIMO site. I talked about it here once. I don’t think there was any way in hell I could have participated this past November because I was in England and had an insane amount of papers to write and rolls of film to take and develop and oh yeah, I WAS IN ENGLAND. So I wasn’t going to sit in my room all day every day writing a novel. But this year is different.

I was just living my life, minding my own business when I watched Nerimon’s (Alex Day to all of you non-youtubers/nerdfighters) latest VEDA video in which he discussed his plans for this years NANOWRIMO. And may I just say, his idea sounds really awesome. So awesome that I have decided to participate this year. The thing is I know my schedule for next semester and I am going to be doing a field study in a high school and taking an insane amount of credit hours. So I need to get to planning right now. I need to know what I am going to be writing and get together a basic structure etc. so that by the time November rolls around I can just bust out this novel and then spend every waking hour editing it. The only problem to this amazing idea is I have no idea what I want to write about. Its like I have writers block and I haven’t even started writing the thing.

I mean I have some general ideas about what to write but the most difficult thing is writing stories isn’t exactly “my thing.” I mean, I can bust out a paper for any class like nobody’s business but when it comes to writing stories and such I tend to get distracted and it all just falls apart. I know what sort of genre I want to focus on, but the actual plot? No idea. But Internet I am determined! And as always, I will keep you updated if when I make any progress.

In other news tomorrow is Sunday. Yes, you most likely knew this. But Sunday is one day away from Monday and Monday is the day I go back to classes. I do not want to go back to classes. I do not want to go back to school. I want to drop out and move into the mall. That would be ideal. Not that my classes are horrible or anything (except that horrendous linguistics class- it is just gross). I am just ready to get out there and teach the kids. Make lesson plans and grade papers. Make up tests and assign projects and decorate my classroom and everything else that comes with being a teacher. I met with my advisor and I have two more years left of this stuff. TWO MORE YEARS. Well really one and a half because the last semester of your senior year is full time student teaching. I knew when I chose this major and applied to colleges that I would be here for five years. I don’t think there is anyway you can graduate with an education degree these days in four years without absolutely killing yourself and having no social life. I think it is more the fact that I heard it officially- I will officially be here two more years. And it isn’t the classes or the schedules or anything similar that bothers me. I love everything about school from writing papers to freaking out about exams to going school supply shopping. I love supply shopping so much I practically orgasm when I step into Staples or Office Depot. The more I think about it, the more I can’t really explain why I don’t want to go back. It is just not right- I love school! I am supposed to want to be there, getting out my notebook and participating in deep literature discussions. And yet I find no excitement in walking to class. No excitement raising my hand and sharing why I think the author chose to set a particular confrontation scene in front of a country club swimming pool. I think last semester burnt me out and this semester I feel… I guess the word I have been associating with myself lately is numb. I don’t feel anything. I don’t want to be at school and I don’t want to be at home. I have no desire to go anywhere (except NYC. But that is just my inner Holly Golightly.) or do anything. I think this summer is going to be a very nice relaxing time to get my crap together and sort of settle back into my normal routine. May 30th- you can’t get here fast enough!

Have a happy April! See you tomorrow.

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