Good morning, dino-mites!
Or maybe I should say bad morning because you’ve probably been up all night pounding the keyboard and trying to meet your word count for NaNoWriMo. And if for some reason you weren’t, you were probably up early to start writing, in which case it’s a horrible morning because getting before nine a.m. is simply inhuman.
But whether it’s a good, bad, or horrible morning, I’m happy because I’m not doing NaNo this year. Last year, I pounded the keyboard so much my claws scrapped away all the letters…and believe me, you don’t want to know what it looks like to write when you don’t know what key you’re pushing. You’ll end up with sentences like this: d like to write, blur hirb ehh i dint knoe what I’m yuping.
Translation: I like to write, but not when I don’t know what I’m typing.
I feel like this subtitle is slightly misleading because Mariposa actually didn’t write last month, she just did a lot of thinking about writing. Some people might call that lazy, but she calls it brainstorming with a chance of procrastination. I call it procrastination with a chance of brainstorming, but whatever.
Either way, she scribbled a lot in her notebook, making maps, and researching so many Russian things her search engine must have thought she was moving to Siberia. She also played the score for the nutcracker ballet fifty-eight times, and now I can’t do anything without breaking in a plié.
Oh well, I got to wear a cool Russian hat at least.Next month I hope to tell you even more about her retelling, but for now you can check out her Pinterest board on it.
Have you ever been sitting in a comfy chair relaxing, when suddenly somebody pushes a stack of work and buries you in it? I know I said October was going to be an easy month for Mariposa and I, but somebody went and knocked life into her lap and cluttered her tidy schedule.
I promise I wasn’t that somebody, I swear. Well, maybe my tail just did brush that work pile, but it wasn’t on purpose!*
But nevertheless, the busy month was slightly less busy than normal, so we managed to read through a hearty portion of books, namely: Creating Character Arcs by K. M. Weiland, Heroes of the Realm, Pax by Sarah Pennypacker, My Name Is River by Wendy Dunham, The Phantom Tollbooth by Norton Juster, The Twenty-One Balloons by William Pene du Bois, and The Networked Nonprofit (you can check out Mariposa’s Instagram account if you want to know what she thought of them).
But even though this month was more hectic than expected, I found the time to help Mariposa relax and break her creative block–which wasn’t easy. Her block seemed to be made of iron!
With all the procrastination under our belt, we hope to start writing the nutcracker story…soon. After we’ve stuffed ourselves with holiday goodies and distractions that is (okay, probably I’ll just be the one getting distracted and stuffing myself because Mariposa is too busy for important things like that). But don’t worry, we’ll be back to writing by Christmas because well, it’s a Christmas story after all, and when would be a better time to write it?
Also, as a result of the coming holidays and general things like unending to-do lists, I may not be posting my regular amount on social media or responding to your comments as quickly. I wanted to let you know that so that you wouldn’t assume I’d gone extinct or something.
*Alright, I did it on purpose. But don’t tell anyone!