I fully intend to stop my Saturday posts like I had indicated a couple of weeks ago, but I received another award and I wanted to thank the blogger who honored me with this. So since I'm here anyway, I thought I'd go ahead and make my official announcement about NaNoWriMo.
I do plan to participate in NaNoWriMo 2010!
This will be my second year of participation. I made it past the 50,000 word goal last year--in other words I "won"--and I plan to do the same this year. I have no idea what I will be writing about this year. My plan is to do the same as I did last year, which is come up with my story on November 1 (or possibly during the weekend prior) and just start writing.
I enjoyed the challenge that this method presented to me last year. I will be jumping into the project cold and basically improvising as I go along--basically seat of the pants write as I go. Sure, I'll start with a basic story and at some point start keeping a timeline so I don't lose track of the action. Last year I wrote a sort of spiritually based crime story based on the book of Jonah. This year I believe I will go for some kind of science fiction story, but who knows what will pop into my head when it's time to start.
Good luck to all of you who are participating and I'm sure we'll be keeping track of one another's progress. Incidentally, my NaNo name is "Wordleeness"--don't ask me why, but it's just what I came up with at the last moment last year and I can't change it now. Feel free to link up with me as a writing buddy.
And now for another Versatile Blogger Award!
Scribble and Edit. I've gotten this a few other times, but I guess we bloggers can never be too versatile--so my utmost appreciation to you Madeleine. I will play by the rules Madeleine passed on since they are not too demanding.
1. Thank the person who gave you this award and provide a link to their blog
2. Share 7 things about yourself. (Not compulsory)
3. Pass the award along to 5 other bloggers whom you have recently discovered and whose blogs you think are fantastically versatile/ resourceful/functional/adaptable.
4. Contact those bloggers you’ve picked and let them know about their award.
Seven things about myself (as though I haven't talked about myself enough already in this blog):
1) For my social studies project in the 6th grade I did a report on Chile. I was thinking about this while watching the miners being rescued this week. Then, while I was working on some of my Tossing It Out Tuesday clean up, I happened to run across this old report.
2) I've kept a lot of my old schoolwork.
3) When I was in the 6th grade I wrote a story about a bridge being build from the Ecuadorian mainland to the Galapagos Islands.
4) When I was 46 years old I married a woman who was from Ecuador.
5) I once had a friend who was a circus aerialist and who came from the country of Colombia in South America.
6) Earlier this year I did an internet search for my friend from Colombia and discovered that he had died in the 1990s. He had fallen while doing his circus act. He was in his 50s at the time.
7) The year before I started my solo show business career I had contemplated walking from Tennessee to California and then eventually to Peru to discover the mysteries of the Incas. At the time I believed that the Incan society was founded by aliens from another planet.
And now for some other versatile bloggers who are deserving of this award and I don't think have received it yet:
1. Jules at Trying to Get Over the Rainbow-- She is a very versatile writer whom you should visit if you haven't been to her blog yet.
2. Ruby at Blabbin' Grammy --- Ruby is such a fine lady and those who read her blog tend to become endeared to it. She recently pulled up stakes from living for I don't know how long in East Tennessee and moved to Texas. What an adventurer!
3. Andrew Green at Who Wants Taters??? -- Now here's a different sort of movie review blog. Andrew posts a story or essay that is usually very funny and then relates it to an equally funny movie review. This is a very clever and unique approach and I think you might enjoy checking out his blog.
4. Marguerite at Cajun Delights -- Actually she has received this award once, but I just wanted to spread the word about her wonderful blog for those of you who haven't visited it yet. She blogs about life in the Louisiana bayou country and food. And let me warn you right now: If you go to this site hungry, prepare to head to the kitchen to start whipping up something to eat after you read her blog. She has some of the best recipes.
5. Dan at The Saga of the Concrete Jungle -- Since one of the purposes of "awards" is to call attention to blogs that deserve some attention, I periodically like to direct my readers to this blog. Dan posts poems and song lyrics on Tuesdays and essays on Thursdays. He is a very fine writer. I encourage all of you to stop by his blog as much as you can and leave your comments. He will not visit your blog because he has no internet access. Dan is in prison and is unable to use the internet. His sister posts his articles for him. If you comment he will answer, although it will take a few weeks since he must correspond with his sister through the mail. He would really appreciate having readers for what he writes and getting comments about what he is writing. I hope you will consider at least taking a look his blog and at least saying hi to him.
Have a great weekend and be back on Monday.