Tuesday, October 01, 2013

Day 1, 2013--Welcome and Some Info

Let me be honest.  Writing a blog post every day for a month was not a priority for me this year.  I am slammed by work, buried under the load of laundry I face every day, feeling worn out, blah, and lacking any creative spark whatsoever.


Blaaaah, I say.


Here I am.  Here WE are.  Blogging.  Every day for a month.

Today is a weird day for America.  We are divided and conquered by our own government.  We are stressed and worried and angry.

Today is an awful day for my hometown.  One of my childhood friends lost his daughter yesterday and we are reeling from it and anxious because he is so far away and the pain he must be feeling is hard to bear for some of us.

There are a million tragedies and losses and little worries and big frustrations and assorted blechs in this world.  If we let them soak into us, they fester and burn, and they need to be let out.

We can write them out.

There are also, thank whatever god you feel like, a million hopes and triumphs and joys and little smiles and moments of rest that should be celebrated.  If we spread them around the world, maybe they'll multiply.

We can write them into the world.

NaBloWriMo is, for me, a time to start again.  To reconnect with my writing self, to reconnect with my blog friends.  It is a time for me to make new blog friends, to explore different paths.

The basics are simple:  you write a blog post every day for the month of October.  Your posts can be long or short.  They can have pictures or not.  You can tuck in your favorite poems, sayings, and assorted nonsense.

If you do write a blog post, share it with us on our Facebook page:  https://www.facebook.com/pages/NaBloWriMo/203905936342372

There will be a list of bloggers on this site as soon as I can get it up.  I'll also have a few buttons ready.

I'm collating a list of topics, but if you are stymied, one good one to start with is:  Why are you participating in NaBloWriMo?

What else?  (The girl child is getting ready in the background and I'm worried about the state of her hair.)  Oh!  If you haven't signed up and would like to write with us, visit the Facebook page and sign up.  Then blog.

This month is going to be...good.   Can't wait to read what you write.


Natasha said...

I haven't written a word since April, but I have been doing this for the last four years, and couldn't not do it this time, could I.
Hope I survive. Hope we all survive. And even if we don't, I hope we have fun along the way.

Not Hannah said...

I love you. I've MISSED you. I think...maybe...this could be a restart? I don't know how writing (and my writing buds) slipped away from me, but I've got to get it back.

Karen said...

I'm giving this some serious thought. I've fallen off the blogging wagon, thanks in no small part to facebook (which, by the way, is the same dang thing that killed the blogger in me last time... hmm, I sense a pattern here (oh! and a topic for a blog post!))

Ok. Let me ponder it a bit more while I have breakfast...

Aleta said...

I find that writing helps to purge negative emotions and remind me of blessings. Thank you for doing nablowrimo again!

Coleen Brooks said...

I will do this again, baby daughter. You know I love to write. Just finished 2 more articles for "Calhoun Magazine" and hope for more.

Lady Jayne said...

I'd love to participate again, as well!

Also, I'd be happy to lend a hand behind the scenes if you need some extra help.


Raige Creations said...

Though it will be a big challenge for me this year (SO much going on for me, especially the first 2 weeks of this month), I am looking forward to taking writing more seriously, and this challenge will help.
Some day, I hope to get paid for writing, so this is a good chance to tweak my writing. Thanks for putting this together.

Raige Creations said...

when you can, it seems my blog is not on the roll on the side. thanks!