Monday, October 26, 2009

Reckless


It's half term and all my chicks are here, which is brilliant. However it means that no writing gets done nor should it - they are my focus.My editing has ground to a halt and A Cornish House remains at two chapters polished. Fine.


Now next month is crazy. This is the month where I compose the family Epistle to send to family and friends come December. This should be a quiet month of preparation but alas it is not meant to be. I will be all over the place again. First I am hosting an alumnae function for Mt. Holyoke and several of the Sevens Sisters here in Dubai when DH is away - so sans extra hands to help. Then I am off to the UK again - for a couple exeats, the RNA Winter party and so on. I return from there to be at the naming ceremony of two vessels for DH's work on the 24th then it's Eid here and DH wants to see the kids so I am back on a plane for a long weekend in the UK and boom November is over...


Not a lot of time for much of anything but breathing really. So being typical me I realize I won't have the focus required to continue editing ACH because it demands my full attention to really see what I need to do and make the appropriate changes. This is where the reckless bit comes in - do I want to lose a month of the year to not writing? Who me - wonder woman? Absolutely not therefore I have signed up for NaNoMo. Yup- stupid definitely but I have nothing to lose. I'm hoping that joining up with other deranged souls I will produce a sh*tty first draft of PILGRIMAGE. This is truly madness because I have been toying with idea of making this a time slip novel and I haven't done the historical research - so the first draft may well be all the present part with chapters full of 'fill in here later'.

So today I begun making cards of things I do know about Pilgrimage - the title and it is set in Cornwall but haven't decided where. My heroine's name is Prudence (Pru).

That's not a lot to begin with but I have nothing to lose.......

Now can you share with me what pilgrimage means to you?

11 comments:

Kate Hardy said...

Wow, Liz, your schedule looks even crazier than mine! But you'll sail through it becasue you're a star :o)

Pilgrimage to me means a space (and place) to think. One of my best friends walked the pilgrim route to Santiago, the year we turned forty (so it had significance for her - something she felt she had to do), and said she met some really interesting people on the way.

Kate Hardy said...

PS - I meant to say that a dirty draft is a good idea. That, or if you're going to do research, use a timer because otherwise, if you're like me, you'll go off at tangents and (ahem) lose big chunks of time. "Fill in later" sounds great to me!

Barrie said...

Will be cheering you on for NaNoMo!

Karen said...

Wow you're not going to have time to sleep! Good luck with NaNo.

To me, pilgrimage means a meaningful journey (mental or physical) :o)

Phillipa said...

Liz. I think Nano is a great idea to get a fresh idea out there. I noticed Julie Cohen mention a 'dirty draft' can be one way of overcoming fear of writing. I've certainly been writing dirty at some points lately. let us know how you get on and mega good luck!

sheepish said...

Oh my word, well 50000 words to be precise. Have you thought about counselling!!!!!! Seriously though, you are completely mad but good luck.

Debs said...

I thought I had a lot on in November, but compared to you I have hardly anything at all.

Good luck with NaNo. I'm also going to give it a go for the first time, but haven't even thought of characters names yet, but do have a (vague) story I want to write.

A pilgrimage to me is some sort of meaningful journey looking for some sort of answers. Yet again, vague!

L-Plate Author said...

Wow Liz, there is nothing like setting yourself a challenge! I'm not doing Nano as I have already started book three but my aim is to do 30,000 plus in November (health permitting as I wait for my op).

You go girl, good luck! x

Julie Cohen said...

Good luck with Nano! You crazy woman (she says admiringly).

Pilgrimage...November...hmm, anything to do with Thanksgiving? ;-)

Flowerpot said...

Good luck Liz - I don't know how you do it! Pilgrimage to me is a journey.

Danielle said...

Pilgrimage, to me, conjures up a journey of enlightenment. A quest, or a search for truths - about ourselves, each other and the world we live in. Abraham Lincoln says it perfectly :) "Curiosity does, no less than devotion, pilgrims make." Good luck with NaNoWriMo - I am also tackling that :) Madness but fun too.