Thankfulness Thursday: Passion

Tonight I wrote 898 words. 25,000 is my NaNoWriMo goal.

Half as much as everyone else, but that’s okay. Between late afternoon IEP meetings, apple donations, birthdays, weddings, life, that’s about as much as I can handle.

Last year I reached 22,222. Still an accomplishment. The beginning of my first book.

This year something completely different. For now, forget mainstream, commercial fiction, (unless of course you want to pay me for it). This time a novel that at the moment has no genre. We’ll see where it ends up. Tonight, just two lost souls on a rugged Oregon beach. Tomorrow, one might be a vagabond exploring the Pacific Northwest, the other a dark mermaid. Maybe not. That’s the beauty of NaNoWriMo, it’s unpredictable.

Reminds me of ninjas. All good NaNoWriMo novels have a random ninja somewhere, or at least that is what I have been told. The official welcome letter I read to my students even mentioned ninjas. When I explained that the common NaNoWriMo wisdom is to just add a ninja when you get stuck, they grinned. My last book had a ninja. Or at least a misunderstood joke about a ninja…

So here’s to all the unexpected ninjas this month might bring and to the reminder that starting something new can be fun. Tonight I’m thankful for my passion to write because it takes me on new adventures from the comfort of my couch, with my dog asleep on my left foot and my cat sprawled across my lap, her paw on the keyboard. Doesn’t get much better than this, or at least not for me.

This year’s inspiration from Bandon, OR… If only I could write from here…

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19 thoughts on “Thankfulness Thursday: Passion

  1. kingmidget says:

    Good luck … May there be plenty of ninjas popping out of the woodwork in the next 30 days.

  2. Have you visited Bandon? I was at a cabin nearby this year for New Years! So lovely!

  3. Kozo says:

    Olivia,
    You are 898 words ahead of me. I had some “emergencies” today to take care of. Hopefully, tomorrow I will catch up with you. Love the setting of rugged Oregon beach.

    • oliviaobryon says:

      Hope your emergencies were minor and are now gone! If it makes you feel better, I didn’t write a word yesterday– left for work before 7, home past 10… School, a fall festival, a birthday dinner… Life does not always leave much time for writing in my world either. Here’s to a productive weekend for all! 🙂

  4. jeffo says:

    You are wise to adjust your goals for NaNo based on reality. Good luck!

    • oliviaobryon says:

      Yes, I still like that it’s a push to write in more quantity than usual, even if I know I can’t produce quite as many words. Are you participating? For some reason your blogs don’t always show in my feed, will have to head your way now and take a peek 🙂

  5. I am amazed at all you do but still have the passion to make time to follow your dreams of writing. Keep it going girl! I believe in you! Thanks for linking up again! xo

  6. Covetotop says:

    Listen to the mermaids sing and keep the ninjas away …

  7. hipmamamedia says:

    Awesome that you are doing NanoWriMo. My hats off to you! We do have to balance reality with desire, but you are making such great progress.

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