Monthly Archives: October 2014

NaNoWriMo 2015

NaNo is coming.

This is what I’ve been saying to myself and others since the beginning of October. There’s something about this time of year that just makes me excited for the process of writing. I love the daily goals, the community, the possibility that I might actually write with other people in a room. I haven’t made this last step yet, but perhaps this is the year!

My only regret is that I didn’t start participating in NaNoWriMo sooner. The first year was a wonderful experience. Last year, my progress was thrown off my events occurring in my personal life. Infidelity. Separation. Divorce.¬†You know, things that pull your focus from your passion to your … whatever phrase fits.

But this year, I’m back. I’m ready to write and just get on with it.

Sure, there’s a whole lot going on in November. Thanksgiving. A smattering of birthdays. Decorating for that other, less important holiday that happens at the end of the year, but it’s the bustling busy of the season that makes NaNoWriMo special.

And so, in a measly 5 days and ~14 hours from the timestamp of this post (EDT), we enter November and the 2014 kickoff of NaNoWriMo.

Who’s with me?

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untethered heart

untethered heart
Johanna M. Vining

one year ago I
found my fear nestled on the couch
ring to wall my voice broke the last barrier

no lesson harder learned
smug, he peered then attempted to flip the argument
my fault, but not and so I finally said so

following the disaster, I crumpled, then
swept up the pieces, placed ice in the carpet pockets

gulped wine while tracking back:
found myself living within song
wailing loss and hope and relief

more than three steps forward
no longing looks back
blown kiss caught by my own face


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