Saturday, October 30, 2010

National Novel Writing Month

Dear Mom,

I’ve decided to do the NaNoWriMo which is writing a 50,000 word (fictional) novel during the month of November. For those who might be interested in my progress, I plan to post here daily my accomplishments even though I’ll be posting on the NaNoWriMo official site.

Why I’m causing myself more work, I’m not sure but that’s how I roll—heaven forbid should I keep things simple.

Since I need all the help I can muster, I pulled out my totem.

Ruthie reminded me to bring out a totem every time I write to trick the muse that it’s time. I’ll be using my silver spoon from the Hilton in Minneapolis—and no, I didn’t steal it. It was given to me. A fun memory with two dear writing friends. I’ll also keep a picture of my Great Aunt Helen (Lena) Moellering whose story I’m obsessed with finding out, but I keep coming up empty handed. And so I’m going to make up my own story about Lena. Maybe then I can quit obsessing over her and finish up other stories I have to write.

The photo was taken from a family photo probably in the early 1900s. The date of Lena’s exact birth is unknown—about 1896—so my guess she’s about 7 or 8 in this picture. Guessing age is not my thing, maybe she’s 10.

Wish me luck as I’ve never been good at fiction, which is going to be tough. I also always write in long hand, but for this project I plan to type on the laptop. That too is going to be different for me. Ah, those secretarial skills will come in handy now.

And Great Aunt Lena, wherever you are, I’ll be open to your help ☺.

1 comment:

  1. This is so cool! She has such a serious and wise face for a little girl.

    What makes a spoon a totem for you? What does it represent? I never thought of a spoon with powers and I'm intrigued!


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