It’s hard to know about chickens and eggs and their relationship to each other as cause and effect, inasmuch as they represent me and my little flock of projects.
I tend to be far to ready, my wife scolds, to display my eggs early on, not certain they will hatch but with the assumption and the experience that, if I make it known I’m roosting on a few and people come around from time to time to look for chicks, I’ll keep sitting and clucking, keeping the ideas warm, even when I acknowledge that the shells could very well just look sort of like real eggs but be hollow inside.
This idea of a novel could end up being still born. But I’m thinking, as I’ve done with a couple of past endeavors in the age of blogs, if I move ahead AS IF the outcome were a certain reality, it is more likely to become one. If I tell you my plans, I know you’ll know my intended destination and a few might have high enough expectations that you’ll look for me where I told you I hoped to be in a few months.
I don’t think I’m going to be driven to try to hatch a fully formed creature by the end of November. I think such a thing would lack some of its little fingers and toes. But I’m going to use the accountability of NaNoWriMo–and the fellow suffering–as some part of what compels me to stick with this thing until it gains enough momentum to crest the top of the curve.
At this point, with 7800 words, I’m encouraged, if not quite at that crest. I have accumulated a long and growing list of “unplaced events and story lines” so that I think 50k words will not be near enough to tell the story. And having told that story already so many times in snatches in the two books and on the blog, the threads are there to weave together without having to spin the yarn.
Is there a penalty for using too many metaphors in one blog post?
So if I disappear, you’ll know I’m off incubating. If you hear more about this project than you care to, wander off somewhere else for a while and stop back by in a few months. We’ll see where this thing goes. For any who care to stick around, your companionship has been a boon in the past. I could use the company.
Note the bookmark to my NaNoWriMo page in the right sidebar–at least for the month of November.
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