Wednesday, November 01, 2006

Today is November 1st...

...which means that it is technically day ONE of NaNoWriMo...which means that, at the moment, I am drinking a quadruple espresso with a little cream and sugar.

In all reality I probably should have signed up for NaBloPoMo instead, which requires a more realistic goal of writing a blog post every day this month rather than a whole novel. Ok...but I'm an idiot and I didn't learn about NaBloPoMo until it was too late. I'm also a pathetic procrastinator...which is why I have decided to sign up for anything at all in the first place. But I'm awake, right? And I'm drinking admirable amounts of coffee, right? And I'm crazy, right? Yes, I'm certifiably crazy because, this morning, I also signed up for NaBloPoMo to guard against impending failure. These days I feel a little bit like the Roadrunner--evasively avoiding capture by any one thing. Or maybe I just like acronyms...

Whatever the case, TODAY is DAY ONE of something. Whatever it is. I woke up this morning thinking that today should be the Thanksgiving of Writing. I think it would be nice if someone could make it an international holiday...one that we could all celebrate together and finally get serious about the illusive "book" we all want to write. Well, ok...these days I don't so much care about a "book." What I'm interested in are words. Appoximately 50,000 of them or at least enough for a damn thesis. Maybe my thesis should be about blogging rather than travel writing. I'd be done! Anyway, I'm haphazard at best. Blogging is a good reflection of my life these days. Travel writing just makes my feet itch. It makes my my brain get excited. I'm a traveler who hasn't traveled in too long. Reaching into that part of my brain and trying to remain focused is difficult. I can't sit still...

...but that's why I'm trying to trick myself with strange acronyms, a secret blog, a new journal, exercise, caffeine, and occasional lunch dates with myself at the Tibetan restaurant. Vegetable momos could quite possible power me through anything. Turkish coffee is a good source of writing power as well. And starting today I need to know these tricks.

Did I mention that I got another job? Yeah, so my days as a part-time "stay-at-home-writer" were short lived. 2 1/2 weeks, to be exact. Besides doing all this writing and working at the bookstore, I'll also be helping out at our neighborhood garden store. I'm slightly resentful that it will be taking away from my writing time...but I'm also looking forward to it because it's within walking distance and I'll be working with a very intresting bunch of women. I'll be selling christmas trees and tending bon-fires and sipping hot chocolate from the coffee shop next door because I'll most likely be freezing my ass off. It should be fun. Oh--I make myself laugh. I'm a glutton for punishment. I know this about myself...but I don't know what to do about it.

At the moment I'm jamming out to James Brown, slightly freaking out from all the caffeine already in my system, and wishing all the rest of you crazy writer-types...

GOOD LUCK WITH WHATEVER IT IS THAT YOU DO!!

So here's to Day One. I mean, really, I can't help but love a fresh start. But anyway, enough rambling...I have to start my novel..............................................................


15 comments:

sophie said...

I think this job sounds
fantastic - i LOVE hot chocolate
and bonfires and the smell of
christmas trees -

and that sketch at the bottom of
your post is wonderful

and everything you write is wonderful as you have such a
personable and unique voice:)

come to India with Noah and I!!!

Jessie said...

oh my god sophie...if you only knew how much i want to! i think of it often, actually. i can't actually afford it though and i have to renew my passport...but there's a part of me that feels like these are just excuses and...damn, i want to go back to india so bad that it hurts!

Tammy said...

Beep Beep! Good luck! I'm doing the novel one ;)

Loralee Choate said...

Turkish coffee, huh?

I thought I was adventureous by getting the dark French roast...

:S

Jessie said...

Tammy: excellent! what is your NaNo name? (ha! that sounds rather "Star Trekky," doesn't it?!

Loralee: ok...i love your crooked smiley face. :S perfect. there have been many occassions that i was looking for that expression. i learned something new today. yay for computer geekery!

Ligeia said...

So glad I now have time to read your blog again!
As you commented on my blog, words connect us...and your ambition to share yours using any acronym possible is a grand connection.
Your day one was a wonderful one. I cannot wait for day two.

Peace

kj said...

go jessie. it's going to be a fabulous month.....

:)

Amber said...

Good luck with your writing! It is not the most important that you do it perfectly, only that you are trying. That is brave!

:)

Anonymous said...

i would do nanowrimo, but i would EXPLODE. i think i'll sign up for nanoblopomo..or whatever.

can i just tell you what a fucking gem you are, my dear? i just want to squish you up and cuddle you to death.

LOVE YOU

Anonymous said...

We can do it, babe. We CAN. :)

gkgirl said...

the best of luck
going out to you...
although i'm certain
you can do it!
:)

tara dawn said...

Girl, you crack me up! Love starting my morning today by reading this...I've got such a great image in my head of you with too much caffeine and getting ready to sell xmas trees in ridiculously cold weather...thanks for making me smile!!!
Ok, and also, I'm so ignorant...no clue what all this NoBloNoNo or whatever it is called is all about. I'm inferring that it has something to do with writing every day. Fill me in...if this is the case, I need to jump on this bandwagon immediately. I need something or someone to hold me responsible for writing every day!
Off to work now...thinking of you and miss you like crazy! And remember, travelling to Georgia is always an option:)
Love you,
td

Anonymous said...

hey jessie - good luck with whatever it is you're sticking with this month ;-) your life sounds as manic as mine at the moment - jobs, novels, poetry manuscripts, blogs and theses -MADNESS!

melba said...

I was smiling all through your post. You make me laugh! I bet someone somewhere is writing their thesis on blogging. I would want to read it. This crazy blogging world!

I also signed up to post Everyday and do Art everyday with Kat. I usually only post 2 or 3 times a week. I will just have to make them shorter at some point.

Good Luck!

:)

BendingPeak said...

Good luck with the writing. Enjoy!