Thursday, October 29, 2009

Three Days and -- some hours

I am writing on ...well, actually the title should be "TWO Days -- some hours", as I'm writing at 2:36 AM on Thursday. This is good practice.

Last year I learned, by participating in NaNWriMo, that my peak "writing time" begins at around 10:00 PM. So I expect to find myself writing around this time all month. I still don't have much in the way of any ideas, but progress HAS been made: I have two Writing Buddies and a couple of Vague Notions; the local fellow WriMos have spoken up on the NaNoWriMo website and a Kick-Off party location and time has been set; quite a few folks have stated their intention to come. My friend James from last year has reconnected (even on Facebook!) and will be there, so there'll be at least one Familiar Friendly Face. Of course, this will NOT be a "social" for the most part, as we will all be hell-bent on launching our novels.

This week at the museum we're ("we" = Education Staff) going about in costume in honor of Halloween week. I'm wearing my very nice 1830 day dress (E-bay!) and portraying Rosaline Peck, first non-Indian woman living in Madison. She and her husband moved here and put up a cabin which became the first inn or boarding house; she acted as hostess to the guys who were building the first capitol building.

Yesterday I struggled some with the length of the gown and the fact that the hooks up the front seemed to come open. I put on the pellerine (a sort of cape deal worn over that leg-o'-mutton style dress) which covered the hooks.
I figured I could help the first problem with an extra petticoat, SOOOOOO today I did wear an extra petticoat, I wore a bit higher-heeled shoes.....and I realized that I had worn it BACKWARDS. Yes indeedy, ladies and gennulmens, the hooks go up the BACK. MUCH less trouble today.

Wonder if that could be worked into the plot? OK, I'm taking a poll (short poll, I have no delusions about my vast readership):

Ancient GREECE? or Ancient EGYPT?
Magical and Fantastical? or Historical and "realistic"?
First-person? Third person? Narrator?

Just heard that some part of Colorado is socked in with heavy snows! We import our weather from the west, via Minnesota. Laissez les bon temps ROULET!


Jen in CT said...

You can do it! I'm leaning toward a fantasy set in ancient Greece. Or historical fiction. Or ancient Egypt. And 3rd person. Or first. Hmm... that wasn't much help at all. Sorry!

dale-harriet said...

OH THENK YEW VERY.....errhm....not at all, Jen! (she wanders off LAFFIN') :o)

Anonymous said...

Oh, I LOVE to tell people what to do! Ancient Greece, although I could live with ancient Egypt. Historical and realistic. Third person (don't you DARE write it in first person).

There. Did I help? Oh, and buena suerte! Many happy midnight hours of writing!