I am on the home stretch of nano. I don’t want to jinx myself because I can’t even believe it myself but I am excited.

yes, my manuscript is a hot mess and a half but I don’t care. it is poetry and prose. short story and no story. it is a mess but my goal is to get it all down. I don’t know if I will ever edit it into a “proper” document but I do know that I have really enjoyed the whole writing process.

I think what has been useful for me is letting myself write and not try to make it something. that is what editing is for…they say. lol.

Holly Wren Spaulding has this technique that she talks about in her workshops…I’ve accessed them online and through pateron…that calls for just taking fragments of the work and playing around with them. I can see myself doing that with this this massive expression of language because I think it can be lightly sculpted into something marvelous if I give myself to it.

anyways, my goal after November, is to reread the “art of slow-writing” and maybe writing down the bones. of course, I will keep writing. I think that is important that once you get in a good habit to keep with it.

so this is days later

and I have finished the zero draft of my manuscript. I am so proud of myself because I don’t think I’ve finished the draft of anything this big in a long time.

also, it’s thanksgiving in the states. which means lots of different things to lots of different people. I didn’t grow up celebrating holidays so I am always fascinated and happy for creating new family rituals and traditions with my people. I don’t know if the whole nano thing will be a part of it but I don’t mind if it is

happy thanksgiving, if you observe.

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