Photo taken by The Task Mistress
I clearly had no idea what I was doing when I signed up to NaNoWriMo this year. For those of you that don’t know NaNoWriMo stands for National Novel Writing Month and runs from 1-30 November. The goal is to write a 50,000-word novel in one month.
In 2010 when I first participated, I wrote everyday. I remember it being really stressful but I had a novel on my head and I was stubborn. I got to 50,000 words by 28 Nov and that was that – I won!
This year I’m struggling. It’s my second attempt. I put it off each year since 2010 and now I’ve jumped in. The problem is I’m meant to be at 18,000+ words by today and I’m only at 8,000+. At this rate, I won’t reach 50,000 words till the first week of Jan 2015! It’s a mess – and totally unlike me. I don’t write everyday, which is a major cause of the lack of progress. When I do write, I feel like I’m writing pages and pages but when I look at the word count, it says I’ve done only 123 words. What??!
Anyway, I was hoping for some help. I have put to paragraphs here in the hopes that you will suggest how the story could go for a paragraph or two.
“Why do you tolerate it, Mama? Why?” Gina felt her heart pounding and her hands shaking. She continued before her mother had a chance to respond, “He treats you so badly, Mama! I don’t understand…” Tears ran down Gina’s face. She had had enough. This was why she left home. “Gi, you will understand with time. Where we come from, women don’t just leave their husbands…” Her mother’s voice was gentle. “We women stay and fight.” She concluded. That was the day Gina swore never to marry anybody. She would rather die than live a life sentence.
Bea and Beth sit in silence for a little while before Beth says, “if it makes you feel any better, I haven’t had sex in months!” Bea smiles and then starts to laugh. “Yeah it does make me feel better…” Bea reached for Beth’s shoulder squeezes it and says, “Thanks for being there for me. I have no one to talk to and with Gavin out of town…,” Bea cleared her throat, “I got a little overwhelmed with everything.”
“Any time, Bea…you know I’m here any time,” Beth says as an unpleasant memory flashes through her mind. She reaches for her cup and finally sips her lukewarm latte. Everything is almost OK in the world.
Can anyone help? What could happen next in either of the paragraphs? There may be prizes ;-)
You insist, asking that I confidently be me
There’s a grace when I’m around you because I can just be
You see something in me, a quiet unmistakable buzz
By my side through the years though you didn’t know what that buzz was
Poem by Kemi Otaru aka The Task Mistress
Photo from Izusek of istockphotos.com
It’s one of the greatest inventions of our time. I believe I invented it- I was just too embarrassed to tell anyone that I occasionally (frequently) take pictures of myself when I feel the need. I’m still embarrassed. If I wasn’t so disapproving of myself, I’d have been an embarrassed but famous – maybe even rich person. Who do they have down as inventing selfies??!
Anyway, here are my top 10 selfies taken over the past few years in no particular (putting it in order of “best” would be particularly vain and totally unlike me):
What are your best selfies? Publish on your blog and leave a link in the comments so that I can check them out!