5 Reasons I Won’t Complete NaNoWriMo This Year

During the last two years, I’ve ranked victorious in the realm of #NaNoWriMo. The first year, I finished an entire week early. Last year, I finished a couple of days early.

This year, however, I started, carried through the first week, and haven’t added to that novel since then. Now there are only 10 days left. If left undisturbed, I could probably pump out the remaining 40,000 words. But I don’t live in a self-sustaining bubble.

1. Work: The day job. I’ve been busy, stressed, preoccupied, and otherwise uninspired by the day job, except to create a comic strip character inspired by the daily grind. She’ll be appearing on my Tumblr account from time-to-time.

2. October: I succeeded in writing a poem for each day of the month, solid, meaningful poems requiring inspiration and creativity. I’ve used up the batch.

3. Cross-Stitch: Influenced by my sister, I’ve created a few subversive cross-stitch patterns and begun the stitchwork on the first pattern.

4. Hulu and Netflix: I’ve been binge-watching Elementary, Defiance, and Doctor Who. It’s hard to write and watch at the same time.

5. Insomnia: Functioning with less sleep requires me to give up some things during the day. Since there are several more obligatory tasks (day job, shuttling kids, feeding the family), writing has dropped to the bottom of the list.

That isn’t to say I haven’t gotten any writing done. I will probably still write close to 50,000 words worth of creativity this month, just not all on the same novel. I’ve added scenes to a work already in progress, started a poetry/art book project, and I’m reading more books to review. But the #NaNoWriMo project is on the back burner for now.

Good luck to everyone who continues the challenge, and I’ll see you next year.

#OctPoWriMo 31 – All Hallows’ Eve

The treats have been passed out
The tricks have been played
House lights have been turned off
Into the quiet of the night we’ve laid
Jack-o-lanterns flicker faintly
With the last of the flame
The goblins, ghosts and ghouls
With sweets have been made tame


Another October has come to an end, but poetry happens all year round.

#OctPoWriMo 29- Moonlight Road

Straight line road through fallow field
For a murder of crows I do yield
Black post fence guards slick and gravel
A grassy tapestry to unravel
Frost nips at the head of thistle
A lonesome chickadee haunts a whistle
Fog billows along the shallow river
The air is still without a quiver
Light erupts upon the land
A flash of Mother Nature’s hand
Warm weather wanes to winter mode
Along a stretch of Moonlight Road.

#OctPoWriMo 27 – Possibilities

Where the beach meets the sea
Liquid waves
Create ephemeral artwork
Ripples in the pale sand
Perfectly chaotic movement

Sea and sand intermixed
Pouring through
My splayed fingers to the water
Solid, liquid, the same
So many states possible in one

Woman, child, muse, mystic
Fallen mind
Rising again to meet the dawn
The turn of the day
Comes and goes
So many possibilities


Note: Written in Tri-Fall form.