I added about 14,000 words to my childhood memories in the first 2-3 weeks of November. After that I had other demands on my time. I didn’t find the NaNoWriMo experience particularly helpful. In future I shall try to set my own goals. Putting words down without worrying about typing errors was not my usual way of working. It has taken me two days to edit what I wrote. Usually I check my writing as I go along, doing any necessary research at the time. I still need to organise the new material.
I also need to check that I haven’t repeated myself either during the month or by duplicating what I had written previously.
Working on my project in an intensive manner has given me some new ideas, which will involve rewriting part of my earlier material.
December is always a busy month, so I may not add any more words, but I hope I can do some planning, so that I can make progress when I start writing again.
Apart from NaNoWriMo I have managed to post here on Sue’s Trifles each Thursday. In addition I have posted once a week on Sue’s words and pictures, including a post which was featured by Cee Neuner.
The writing group I’d normally attend in person met on Zoom. I wrote something for the others to read and comment on. I have also written a poem for another online group, which meets soon.
A third online group listened patiently to me reading part of my NaNoWriMo project. They encouraged me to continue with it.
I have also submitted two of my poems (not saying where to), which I plan to read at a Christmas concert later this month.
Perhaps 2022 will be the year when I take stock of what I have already written and make some more submissions. I may have to forgo the Blogging from A to Z in April Challenge or write very short posts for it.
November is a month when there are traditionally lots of online writing challenges. Once I took part in Blog Every Day in November. This year I have signed up to NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month), not to write a novel, but to carry on writing my childhood memories, which I started many years ago. I shared some episodes here on Sue’s Trifles back in 2013.
At the end of October Linda Kruschke announced that she will not be setting any more Paint Chip Poetry challenges. It has been fun and has taught me a lot. My Paint Chip Poetry page will not be updated again. I need to change my pinned tweet, which has been a link to that page for some time.
I also take part in #WildflowerHour on Twitter. During the darker months I am unlikely to Tweet every week with flowering plants I spot. The challenge through the winter is to find 10 plants in flower each week. On Sunday I found 22 different species growing wild. I saw two others, which had been planted for educational purposes.
On Wednesdays I sometimes tweet with the hashtag #WildWebsWednesday to show how other organisms depend on plants.
The writing group I belong to is still meeting on Zoom. There is an assignment to write for that every two months.
I am still writing poetry. I have joined an online poetry group which meets once a month on Zoom. We are given a topic to write about between meetings.
‘Each week, I will give you all three paint chip words to work with. This week your choices are babbling brook, starship, and lazy lizard. I would like you to choose just one of these paint chips, the one that speaks to you the most. With that one paint chip word or phrase, write a poem of exactly 31 words, not counting the title. The form of the poem is up to you. You could turn to Japanese short form, such as haiku or tanka, though it would probably take more than one to get to 31 words.’
My choice of topic was influenced by having seen a slow worm (legless lizard) earlier in the summer.
A lazy lizard lounged in the longest day languor. Lidded eyes looked longingly at large flies. A long tongue flicked out licking luckless lacewings. Lunch liquefied later within the reptile’s scales.