Gifts of my father

snowmanAs a child my dad would scoop me up in his his arms and throw me into the air before catching me. I learned that scary can sometimes be fun and that in the end he was always there with a safe place to land. Whether it was helping a teenager with a flat tire on the side of the road or newlyweds wanting to move back home to save money for their own house, dad was always there, he was the safe place where we were always welcome.

Some time around 9 years old my dad and I had a serious talk. He made it clear that he never wanted to hear of me starting a fight or picking on someone. Hitting someone in anger wasn’t how we did things. However, he made it very clear that if someone was picking on my little brother that all bets were off. He was fiercely proud of his family and I learned from him that we safeguard and protect them.

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NaNoWriMo aka where I’ll be for the next month.

If you don’t know what this is, you should. It’s National Novel Writing Month, it’s the yearly celebration and marathon writing session. It’s free to participate and wonderful to participate in.

This year I’ve decided I’d finally join in. Writing is always a ‘pastime’ but it’s past time that I got more than general ideas on post-its. It’s time to give myself a word count and a deadline and see what I can make of it. I expect it to be awful, with a few moments of “ooh I like that bit” thrown in.

I’ve vowed to remember the following:

1) Just write. Beginning, middle, end, it doesn’t matter, just write.
2) Do not edit.
4) Make your word count and don’t be frustrated if you’re a bit shy, you have days off… use them.
5) DO NOT EDIT! there’s plenty of time for that in December, January etc

I’ve decided to take on a very narrow focused piece, I hate to admit it but it’s fan fiction. There I’ve said it. Now, lest you think that I’m writing smutty slash fiction (not that there’s anything wrong with that cause I do actually like reading some smutty slash fiction) it’s not. Well I don’t think it is, but ask me again mid-November and it may have ‘evolved’.

I promise to post at least my Friday Fun music and maybe something here or there about the slog to write 1700 words a day for 30 days.

Wish me luck!