Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Hey, Angels, Could You Lighten Up My Load Until After NaNoWriMo?

Wow. Has it really been that many days since I blogged? It doesn’t mean that I’ve been slacking off. Life has just been crazy.

I wondered this morning if the little angels or guides that follow me around had a meeting about me recently. I imagined it went something like this:

“She’s not getting it,” guide one said.

“Well, let’s toss some more cr*p her way,” guide two said.

“Okay, sounds like fun. Let’s see if she learns this time.”

And let me tell you, it has been a fun ride. Let me also inform you all though … I’M GETTING IT!! Do you hear me?? You can stop throwing me these situations that you call lessons.  :-)

Here’s an example. Remember that time I felt walked all over by someone? I really just had to get out and get over my feelings of unsettledness, so I went shopping. After about 30 minutes of pushing my shopping cart around - one of those deep, dark carts not a typical, wire, wide open one - I looked down to see a door mat in my cart. I mean … hello. Can you be any more obvious with your messages? I got it! So please, can’t you just be easy on me for a bit?

Whew. Okay, I’m done with that.

Now, let’s see, moving on to the subject of National Novel Writing Month.

Being that it’s November 10, I am guessing that most of you have at least started your novel. If you are still hoping, praying, and wishing for story ideas, here are some sites that I enjoy.

Writing Fix offers interactive - and fun - writing prompts. More specifically, click through on various links to find sentence makers, character descriptions, and even a title maker, to name a few. Each page offers suggestions to dump into your empty vat called a writer’s blocked brain.

Okay, this isn’t a writing site, but it might get your creative juices flowing. Or at least it’s a fun distraction from writing your novel. Mr. Picasso Head offers a blank canvas in which you can drag pre-formed facial features to create your own work of Picasso art.

One last recommendation … I absolutely adore blank books. There is something mystical about all of those bare pages waiting to be filled. Blank books are not all created equally, however. I find my hand enjoys writing in the larger sized ones. It has the perfect amount of room so my hand needn’t worry about literary abandon pen strokes or in other words, sloppy writing. Be sure and buy one which has a cover that sings to your soul.

Although these are smaller than I like, check out these beauties:

Handstiched Book of Kells Lined Generatio

Embellished Literary Manuscripts - Shakespeare

I’ve managed to keep up with my National Novel Writing Month daily goal up until now. I’d better say goodbye. I have another 1,500 words to write.



  1. I request that the Angels bring you some Nutella, from me ;)
    But seriously... When I was younger, the journal I had was a blank page journal, about 6x9 inches. I LOVED it. The pages were all the colors of the rainbow. I wrote a lot, & was always really happy when I got to the next color.
    I hope things lighten up for you. If you ever need to talk, I'm here!
    Love & hugs.

  2. That book sounds so beautiful! And thank you for the Nutella wishes. I saw it at the store today. Ha ha ha!! I didn't break down and buy it yet though. :-)
    Thank you, Laura. xox

  3. Hmmmmm . . . should I tell your Angels to back off? I will! :-)

    I just bought a blank book this last weekend! I have no idea what I want to use it for but fell in love with it the moment I saw it. The cover is based on the Wizard of Oz ... it is so neat. Funny how any empty book can capture some of us.

  4. Hmmmmmm, I left a comment but it didn't appear. Just say the word and I will tell those angels of yours to back off.

    Funny how empty books can draw so many of us in. I'm not a writer but they even pull me in. This last weekend I actually bought one that I instantly fell in love with. Now I need to figure out what to put in it.