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What’s This NaNoWriMo?

What’s this NaNoWriMo?

 

I’m back! After a long hiatus from my blog I am returning to bring you interesting articles and a glimpse at my view of the world. If you are looking for storytelling, after-school, family fun, agriculture or animals they are lurking here within my posts old and new. You could get lost wandering in the myriad of places my mind wanders to. So welcome let’s get started.

A lot has transpired since I last wrote a blog but my most recent excitement is October preparations for NaNoWriMo 2019. What’s NaNoWriMo you ask? It is November – National Novel Writing Month! The challenge presented by NaNoWriMo is to write a 50,000 word novel in the thirty days of November. I’m trying the challenge for the first time this year. Am I crazy? If I am some 400,000 others are just as crazy as we all take on this marathon of writing.

Allowed in the rules set out by the NaNo site ( https://nanowrimo.org ) are prepping outlines and character questionnaires, of course anyone is free to write “by the seat of their pants”. I’ve written up my main characters but not outlined. I have a premise in my head and a few notes of what I want to cover. I have chosen an apple orchard as my setting and have visited several in my preparation days. Who doesn’t love a visit to the orchard in October.

1667 words per day, I can do that. It is a rough draft not a finished novel. I have a chance to dedicate myself to writing and nurture this story from infancy to its semi-adult self. Then there will be a whole winter for editing. I know I will drink coffee, wake in the night with ideas, talk to myself, use my crockpot a lot and squeeze a few minutes of writing in any chance I get. I am dedicating a few special days to really work on my word count. Stay tuned here for updates on this writing adventure I’m sure there will be foibles and follies, triumphs and celebrations along the way. By the way, this is 356 words, see I’m already counting.

A favorite past

blog of mine related to writing or a story:

http://www.carolynstearnsstoryteller.com/archaeology-and-family-stories/

Ancestors at Sea

Did your ancestors work  the sea? What immigrant ship did your ancestors arrive on?  Tell family stories with accuracy to detail, with a visit to a nautical museum or website. Here are some places to begin your voyage of discovery, the family stories from the sea. The whale boat above, is an image from Mystic Seaport,… Continue Reading

A-MAZE-ING If You Give A Donkey an Ice Crea Cone

A-MAZE-ING If You Give A Donkey an Ice Crea Cone

How 2 donkeys helped me promote an event! Summer on Blue Hill had become sooooo boring, event the grass was short. Tobasco wished for an adventure. Tobasco told his friend Jassper about his wish and Jassper wished too! Could they have a DAYCATION? PLEASE! See how I used story to promote an event I was… Continue Reading

What is Wikipedia saying about your Storytelling Festival? NOTHING! Unless YOU change that!

Shared from the National Storytelling Network blog, co-authored by Norah Dooley and Carolyn Stearns   http://blog.storynet.org/what-is-wikipedia-saying-about-your-storytelling-festival-nothing-unless-you-change-that     What is Wikipedia saying about your Storytelling Festival? NOTHING! Unless YOU change that!. Continue Reading

Longears in Connecticut – Donkey News

Longears in Connecticut – Donkey News

Friday, May 4, 2012 The Day – Timely respect for the longears | News from southeastern Connecticut The Day – Timely respect for the longears | News from southeastern Connecticutwritten by: Suzanne Thompson The link takes you to a article in The Donkey and Mule Show Saturday at Bishop’s Orchard in Guilford, CT. I’ll be… Continue Reading

James Henry: media darling; Learning at 98

Too Old To Learn? NEVER! James Henry: media darling featured in People, on CNN – The Westerly Sun: Metertest: MYSTIC — James Arruda Henry’s rapid rise from humble lobster-boat captain to literary star has been tiring, said his granddaughter Marlisa McL… If this 98 year old lobster fisherman can learn to read and write in… Continue Reading

Lanes Stadium

Lanes Stadium

The seats are filled and the fans are spirited as the double header settles in to game two. Having gone extra innings to break a tie it will be interesting to see who has the staying power as the two teams return to the field of story with their lineup. First up to bat and… Continue Reading

MyLITV.com – The Island Long Riders cowboy mounted shooting club Long Islands Best Videos Politics and Local News

MyLITV.com – The Island Long Riders cowboy mounted shooting club Long Islands Best Videos Politics and Local News Here is a great look at what I do a lot of announcing for. There is a tiny segment where you can hear me. This is a great sport filled with great people. Will be back out… Continue Reading

March Roars In

March came roaring in like a lion last night. I lay in bed listeneing to the roar. I could hear trees crackle and barn doors creak in the fierce wind and thought about all the animals out in the barn listeneing. It must seem even louder to them. There is a certain comfort in knowing… Continue Reading