NaNoWriMo Looms... *SQUEEEEEE!

 I'd actually almost forgotten I had this blog, although I knew I had A blog somewhere...

Anyway, after a chaotic Summer hanging out with my grandson while his parents got on with Covid-wrangling, I am now ready to get back to my *cough* calling.

Actually, I just want to be a writer. Life kind of got in the way. Over and over again. Then there's that pesky need to make some money in order to feed, clothe and shelter various components of the family sphere. Driving a truck for nearly 30 years allowed me to do a bit of both; make a bit of money, enough to get by and have a small cushion, and do a bit of writing along the way.

The accumulation of these writings are scattered across 5 computers, 3-4 devices, notebooks beyond counting, a plethora of sticky notes of all sizes and colours, the backs of envelopes, and pieces of paper towel torn from the restrooms of truckstops on the Toronto to Montreal corridor of the 401.

I actually wrote an entire book (pantsed it) back in the early 90s on a borrowed "laptop", one of those early models that weighed a metric tonne. I printed it out, and never looked at it again. I cringe at the thought.

When I retired in 2017, I wanted to take up writing full-time, but it was soon evident that Retirement is not all Rest & Relaxation. Honestly, I don't know how I ever had time to work.

Adjustment knocked me on my ass as I had worked nights for most of my driving career. I got into gardening, crafting, walking, fitness, you name it and I thought about it. But deep down I kept thinking, Now. Now is the time to do the writing thing.

A little over four years after my retirement, I finally am starting to feel like I can actually be an author, a writer, a wordsmith!

It's been coming on over the summer when looking after my grandson made me examine how much time I have been wasting. I began to gather my notes from the four corners of whatever realm they've gotten to, and discovered I have several copies of previous attempts over the years.

I began to sort things out.

I have always wanted to do NaNoWriMo since it's inception back in 1999, and I want to do it this year.

Prep has started. Surely out of all the notes, ideas and scraps of brain-dumping I can find something to write about.

I have signed up.


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