Know Jack #87

I am part of a group of writers that gets together every Wednesday evening to discuss various aspects of writing, do a little writing, and hopefully, to inspire one another. Tonight we did some prep for National Novel Writing Month which takes place in November. I do not normally outline stories before I begin to write. I generally have an idea of what will take place and how it will end and just go where the story takes me until I get there. But for this challenge, to write a 50,000 word novel in thirty-one days, I’m making an exception.

I haven’t competed in the challenge since 2013 and I am looking forward to it this year. I am planning a story about mermaids. If any of my followers are cryptid buffs, I’d love to hear from you on the subject. The available research literature available online is woefully lacking. I get the impression that is because mermaid lore is so varied from culture to culture and era to era.

Lacking anything really concrete in the area, I am just going to make stuff up. True, I do that anyway, but now, I feel freer to do so without having to defend my story. There ain’t going to be any little mermaids in this story, I guarantee.

That leaves me just seven days to wrap up the first draft of Lady on the Edge or do double duty next month. This is further complicated by my plans to go to dinner Friday night at Enrique’s, my favorite Mexican restaurant here in Kuna. Friday is their annual Tequila Tasting and Dinner and I don’t want to be negligent when it comes to supporting local businesses.

Thanks to everyone who looked over and commented on the pictures of my weekend adventure. I will be reviewing the places we stopped on the blog as soon as I can. This retirement thing might wear me out if I was old…oh wait, I am old. I better get in bed.  

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