Thursday, December 01, 2005

A Note on December

Just to catch up.

The NaNoWriMo thing was a mixed success and failure. I didn't come close to the required 50,000 words (sorry about that Indy and BSTS), but I did get a jump start on a pretty good little story and I learned quite a bit about my writing style and work ethic in the process. More than anything I learned the value of sticktoitiveness (something I have yet to master). For those of you who followed along, I thank you and I will continue to post my novel as it becomes available.

Secondly, as we herald the arrival of December, we introduce a myriad of advent calendars into our house. It is quite a production to remember all of them and eat all of the chocolate and hang all of the trinkets. I am not sure I understand the whole process, but I am now knee-deep in them so I'd better figure it out.

Lastly, I have been reading a wonderful book entitled, Angle of Repose, by Wallace Stegner and in it he describes what I call the Western sensibility. He says its very different from an Eastern sensibility and he likens it to unaffectedness if that makes any sense. My question today revolves around the idea of sensibility.

Does your area of the world have a different sensibility than anywhere else? Describe it...

5 Comments:

Blogger Indigo said...

congratulations on giving it a try, even though I was looking forward to your purple WINNER line on the NaNo site. Now that Nov. is over, I'll have time to go through and properly read your story though. I did start reading Walter Mitty way back in May, but you ran out of chapters ..... I really was enjoying it though. I like your writing style.

FYI, unfortunately, during rewrites I had to cut out the crazy grandpa from my story. And, it was pure coincidence that the creaky old antique dealer's name is Tom, however, I may have to do some editing and give him a sea cow tattoo. Just for the hell of it, of course. ;-)

7:35 AM  
Blogger Better Safe Than Sorry said...

what, i have to wait to find out what is going to happen in the race????
seriously, i would like to congratulate you on what you did accomplish and thank for you what i got out of this experience. when i first started to read it, i thought, oh great, a western, i'm sure you could here me moan straight across canada to your state. however, as i had promised to devote myself to reading your novel, i kept with it. it has turned out to be so much more than a western. it's not over yet, but i can already see there is a life lesson happening in this and i have grown to really like hoot. your writing, as with indigo's, reads as though it has been completely effortless on your part, and i mean that in a good way, it just seems to be so natural and easy. so thank you for opening my eyes to the possibility of reading a book that i would normally not even have picked up once i realized it had a western theme, the nano experience for me turned out to be an amazing experience. i hope you're feeling the same way as well, even though you didn't meet the time requirements, you should feel proud of the work you submitted.
and as to your question, there is no sense in my life at all, so i'm just living and trying to make the most of it.

8:45 AM  
Blogger Anita said...

Well, you should be proud to have attempted such an endeavor. And I bet you have some excellent rough material to work with. I'm in a novel critique group so unfortunately am up to my eyeballs in reading, but you have tons of writing talent so I'm sure your book will be great!

That book sounds very interesting. I've never read it. Would you recommend it?

3:24 PM  
Anonymous MissMeliss said...

I finished NaNo, again, and have realized I'm done with it, and don't need it anymore. Still, I'd encourage others to try it next year.

I'm 35 and I miss having an Advent calendar in my house, and haven't bought one because my favorite aunt usually sends one to me.

However, we are traditionalists - ours don't EVER come with chocolate.

11:38 PM  
Blogger superclosetnerd said...

Updating my bookmarks... see you're still here. Looks different than I remembered. I've updated my stuff too - gold canyon candle

10:40 PM  

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