Monday, October 31, 2005

A Note on NaNo

As I have mentioned to several of you in your own blogs, I have decided to embark on the sadistic endeavor known as NaNoWriMo. I am going to write a novel in 30 days. Now I have no idea how this is going to work but I am preparing myself for numerous sleepless nights.

For my novel, I have decided to let all of you follow along with me as I post nearly every day on another site. It is a blog site and you can access it here. The name of my novel is "Down the River" and it will follow the adventures of a young man named Hoot Peterson who lives in Pagosa Springs, Colorado in the 1930's and is desirous to become more than just a ranch hand. He finds an opportunity to go into show business but he must jump into a barrel and plunge down the rapids of the Colorado River to be considered. It is based on a true story that my Granddad use to tell of a guy he knew that did just that.

I am pretty excited to get started on this as I have been thinking about it nonstop for two weeks now. I have not done any outlining or anything like that, but I do have some ideas. To be honest, I have no idea what to expect. I am just going to be as longwinded as I can.

For those of you participating as well, I look forward to your efforts as well. This ought to be fun or tiring or both. Please follow along if you can. Thanks and see you all in a month.

18 Comments:

Blogger Indigo said...

It sounds good! Are you going to be posting all of it as you write it on the other site? Or just a little bit?

I can't believe you have a title already. I have an idea, a kinda-sorta outline, but no title.

I'm thinking about posting maybe 500 words at a time, so that way I'm waaaaay ahead of the readers (ha ha, see, I'm banking on the readers), and if I go back and edit it's not a big deal.

8:20 AM  
Blogger Better Safe Than Sorry said...

i'll be a reader and look forward to seeing what you plan on doing. good luck!
(and happy halloween to your little ones tonight)

1:51 PM  
Blogger The Wife said...

I will keep you all posted on the nightmare that will be my life this month as a NaNo widow. Why November, hello, we are hosting Thanksgiving this year. I am blaming Indigo.

8:04 PM  
Blogger Indigo said...

HUH? ME?

I'll have to cut and paste the comment he left for me ... "Indy, You are doing NaNoWriMo as well? So am I. There are a number of us. I haven't told my wife yet. She is going to be so upset. I like the idea of going dressed up as the limo driver at the airport with an Amber and Beedo sign. Too classic.
K Jones | Homepage | 10.12.05 - 6:29 pm | # "

See, totally *NOT* my fault. However, if he writes a bestseller and is goes to Harry Potter levels, then I'll take all the credit.

4:27 AM  
Blogger Lucy Stern said...

To the Wife....Looks like you are in for a roller coaster of a month. When my husband gets into one of his writing modes, I am not allowed to talk to him while he is writing...He doen's want to be disturbed in any way. Put the King in a basement corner with his computer and lock the door... Good luck girl. I think you will be handling the Thanksgiving all on your own. I wouldn't expect any help from the King on this one... The things we wives do for our families.

K...Be nice to your family while you are in writing mode. You probably will be up late at night writing while everyone else is asleep. No phone, no TV, no little ones pulling at your leg, lots of peace and quite... Good luck with your 30 day novel. BTW...We bought some land in Pagosa Springs in 1978 and just sold it this last June. What a qauint little town. We have been there when they had their Mountain Man contest going on and it was a blast. I love Pagosa Springs. Do your research and I bet you will come up with a great novel. Have you ever been to Pagosa Springs? Do you know about the hot springs? Like I said...research.
Good luck, I'm pulling for you. You can do it.

6:28 PM  
Blogger Better Safe Than Sorry said...

wife-you're taking charge of the blog for the month, this could get interesting;)

7:27 PM  
Anonymous Grandpa Jones said...

Lucy, I lived in Pagosa Springs for 3 years. My Father ran sheep in the mountains there. We would always go up to Wolf Creek Pass and look at an accident that just happened. My uncle owned at one time the land that was being developed West of Pagosa Springs. It was the home of Red Ryder. Oh the memories just keep going on and on.

2:17 AM  
Blogger Lucy Stern said...

Grandpa, Our land was in the Pagosa development. We went up there and just fell in love with the area. It was so beautiful, totally surrounded by mountains. We would go up Piedra road to the Williams Creek campground and camp. I absolutely love that camp ground. We would hike to the lake and then go up above the lake and take the hike up the trail to the Contiental Divide. Of course we never made it all the way to the Divide, but we gave it our best shot. When the kids were small we even took the poison park trail. There is so much beauty up there. We had bought our land with the hopes of eventually moving up there one day. Last June we had someone make us an offer we could not refuse. We sold the land and hopefully we will find another spot. I still would love to move up there one day. PS. We have been to the Red Ryder museaum. I think it is awesome how the town is heated with steam from the Springs. We used to drive into Pagosa Springs from Hwy 84 and tie in at 160. I remember when they tore down the old bridge and build the new one. It must have been awesome growing up there. We've been up the Wolf Creek Pass several times. That is another beautiful drive. Coming from Houston, I had never seen mountains. Our first drive up there was in the fall and the color changes were just unbelievable. As we drove into Pagosa Springs, I thought I had died and gone to heaven. I knew we just had to own a piece of it. It is still my dream...I have a log cabin all picked out and if the Lord is willing it will happen one day.

7:14 AM  
Anonymous Grandpa Jones said...

My uncle owned the land that you are describing, I think he sold it before the big development started. It will be interesting to see how K describes the land. The hot springs warmed the water at the local swimming pool. I have never liked to go swimming in the modern pools, they are always so cold. Pagosa Springs was an old mining town, and then when civilization found it, they developed into the resort that it has become. You should never have sold your property...ha-ha...once in a life time.

12:39 PM  
Blogger Lucy Stern said...

Grandpa, We had mixed feelings about selling the land, but the taxes were going up steadly and my husband didn't like the deed restrictions on the land that much. The development was not maintaining the roads as they had promised. Like I said, someone made an offer we couldn't refuse. I sure hope we don't regrete it..

If K can describe the area, as beautiful as it is, his novel has to be a winner. I loved going down the hill early in the morning with the mist handing between the mountains. Like I said, Heaven.

4:54 PM  
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