having nothing to say
yet you could talk all day
having something to say
yet no will to say it
staring at the pen that won’t write
or the keys that won’t type
or the pages that only turn
in the late summer breeze.
having nothing to say
yet you could talk all day
having something to say
yet no will to say it
staring at the pen that won’t write
or the keys that won’t type
or the pages that only turn
in the late summer breeze.
The morning after the night before. Which is good, it means you’ve survived. Lived to tell the tale.
My tongue licks sawdust and cries out for coffee. I agree and duly oblige. My tongue cries out again when I put the steaming cup to my lips. I think of my plans for the coming day but nothing materialises. It seems too large a step from where I am now to where I should be later.
My mind is grey, a bit like the January day which sits heavy outside my window; even the birds are reluctant to make themselves heard over the nothing in the air. Everything is flat, except my tongue.
The day seems to be wrapped in cellophane and I am the Clingfilm Kid. Get off your horse and make a Western out of that.
I’ve no revolver but my pen works fine and that’s something to go on with.
“It wasn’t me.”
“What do you mean, it wasn’t you; you were seen.”
“Did you do it?”
“Do you have an alibi?”
“I’m gonna have to take you down.”
The accused raised two stumps for wrists.
“But you said she was strangled.”
moving, always moving
but going nowhere
The clanking machinery of daily existence
steam hammer blows
and sharpened scythes
hacking, chopping and cutting.
The tink, tink, tink of machines cooling
and the whir of motors humming
and wind in the sails;
there she blows, boys!
and the slosh of the hull in the water
while some dancing, gyrating compass
leads us to the world’s end.
Pull back, you’ll fall off!
No captain, there’s an iceberg ahead
cliff tall and cliff white.
Don’t stop me, don’t stop me
and look, there’s land ahoy
I see smoke and fumes rising
as big business beats its big drum
and the machines a-clattering
and toxic clouds lay like quilts over everything,
and everything’s changed,
touched by the hooked finger,
a stab in the chest like a stab in the dark
and light’s reflection on steel
beaten by a hammer
as the sparks fly
and molten liquid steams in the mould
as another of man’s design pops from the die
and then lapped up by we who wait
with paper and plastic in our hands;
but clean hands at that
although our nails are chewed.
The nails, nails, nails
beaten down into submission
but don’t forget to remove your thumb.
The whites of the hospital
the whites of our eyes
always peering around the corner
because you don’t know what’s going to hit you
unless you see it coming
Like a jack hammer to the face
beating, beating, beating; pulse like
Boom! Boom! Boom!
Can you hear it?
It’s life: talking
My day is filled with verbs and tenses
clauses, phrases, words and sentences
quantifiers and determiners
My past participle participated and departed
my present continuous continues to continue
while my future simple
will be far from simple
I’m conditioned by my conditionals
and positioned by my prepositions
I’m an English teacher who wants to write
my language is my day
but when I put that pen in my hand
I’ve nothing left to say
I did it again, without thinking. I went to the shop to buy something for the lesson I was about to take when I saw a new line of notebooks at a pinch of a price. Well, I’m sure many of you will understand me…I just had to.
another notebook from a noted store
of a noteworthy purveyor of notebooks.
bought with the notable intention of
making notes and taking notes.
Noting acts of notability
and of notable notoriety.
I have to take notice if I take notes,
if not; how can I note what I’ve noticed?
No words can express my…
The blank page remains blank.
Lines to be read between
have yet to be written between.
In my hand, my Waterman,
that might as well be made of, well,
It would drip faster than any words I could write.
A blank page will sit and wait all day: because it can; it has patience, much more patience than I have. The blank page is king and will remain so, never abdicating, until my peasant’s revolt, armed with a sharpened pencil, a dipped pen and the spreading stain of ink removes it from its throne.
This sounds easy but it isn’t. It should be easy but it isn’t. The virgin purity of the blank page reflects in my face, making me squint and cover my eyes.
One letter at a time. One word at a time. That’s both the minimum and maximum I can do. No less. No more.
A blank page will sit and taunt me, its fresh white light, as joyous as a spring morning, laughs in my face and beckons me to do my worst. A blank page shows no fear, even with a sharpened 2H pencil held above it, threatening to stab down at any moment. While its doom hangs over it like the shadow of the executioner’s noose, it laughs in the face of fear. It laughs in the face of my fear.
Now I must go and laugh in the face of that which laughs at me.
Now I must go and write.
Waiting for the kettle to boil I took my usual 5-minute breather on the balcony, around 5.30am. It had rained heavily the night before and the morning found itself under a heavy grey cloak. I always enjoy standing out there; breathing, observing, listening and thinking. The mountains wore skirts of cloud. I came in, tea in hand and sat down, with just the first sentence in my head. Strange how things go off on a tangent as they develop.
The cloud clung to the sides of the mountain. Beyond it, the sun had risen but the day had dawned pale and would remain that way. Water from last night’s rain clung to everything. Hidden blackbirds chattered in the trees and every now and again a crow would raise its voice above the drip, drip of the water. Pine scent filled the air, which was clean but sombre.
It was time to move.
There was now enough light to get a helicopter in the air and heat imaging would see through the cloud. He was sure he’d heard dogs in the valley below, and the rain wouldn’t cover his scent for long.
He grit his teeth as he tipped a little schnapps from his flask onto the blood-soaked gauze on his thigh. The schnapps was the only thing between a usable leg and infection. In this humidity gangrene would take hold soon if he didn’t find the help he knew was waiting for him.
Four miles to the border. Four miles till the forest sloped down on the other side of the mountain. He put all his weight on the pine branch he was using for a crutch and placed his holed leg forward.
It was time to move.
I’m currently trying to work my way through the minefield of novel writing. Now my teaching course is finished I try to dedicate at least an hour every day before life enters my world. This doesn’t mean however that I’ve lost my love for the short story, in fact I’m using word limits of late as a writing exercise, to get the brain moving if you like. Here’s another one of them, this time I gave myself 200 words. It’s inspired by the black paint peeling off the gate – I just changed place and perspective. Over to you.
A hesitant scribble with the last stub of a pencil, trying to make it last. Where would the next one come from? He’d tried scraping the walls, adding saliva, hoping to make primitive ink but it dried and faded, a metaphor for life, he thought. Like a rose, it bursts into bloom then slowly the ground is covered with a silken duvet.
The pencil was his saviour, his sanity. He wrote to no-one but the words he scrawled were his words, his truth. He held the stub of the pencil and wondered how many more words he could write before the lead finally gave way and became nothing.
As he lay on his bunk, listening to the night sounds, he heard a faint patter. His thumbnail struck the match, expecting a cockroach or maybe a mouse for company. He saw nothing except shavings from the ancient black bars, which he now held the match to. The paint was peeling. Before his fingers burnt he scratched the black paint and spat on it. Salvation. The writer, with another six years to serve, lay smiling on his bunk. Tonight he could sleep without worrying about his pencil. He had found his ink.
The heavy, oak door slid on hinges oiled better than a Neapolitan donut-seller’s hair and Gaum heard it. Well, he sensed the liquorice black room slip into a shade of night slightly less gloomy, but still far darker than charcoal, jet or even coal. He stopped breathing. Well, he’d actually done so 14 years previously and just never got back into the habit. What a waste of energy, he thought, and carried on living his life in apnoea, oblivious to the need for ins and outs of oxygen and carbon dioxide. Ah yes, the door.
He had to hide and moved with so light a presence that the dust under his feet, which had last been swept around the time Gaum still breathed, failed to raise a speck. He heard giggles as light flooded into the room for the first time since the floor had last been cleaned. Bollocks! he thought, Kids! What are they doing in here? It had been some time since Guam last laid eyes on children, in fact probably around the last time a dim light rolled in from behind the heavy oak door which swung on an oiled hinge, but they’d never been in this room, ever.
The giggling got louder and the light lighter. Gaum kept still behind the ancient teak desk, as the giggles became murmurs. Dust kicked up, swirling and dancing in the shaft of light from the open door and a heavy scraping sound made Gaum’s heart leap. The chair, its cracked and faded burgundy leather billowed more dust.
“I thought of it first.”
“Get off; I got us in here didn’t I?”
“Yeah but I thought of it.”
“Only because I told you about it.”
The tussling continued, dust was thrown up everywhere. Gaum wanted to sneeze but then remembered he’d stopped breathing, so sneezing seemed irrelevant. A loud, metallic ringing followed by a series of taps told Gaum they had knocked a pen off the desk. Still they pushed and grunted and still the dust flew.
A heavy groaning sound was followed by a grinding crash. He looked out from behind the desk. Busted, bent keys lie about like dead soldiers, the ribbon strewn across the floor in a last bid for freedom and the carriage return lever lay twisted under the bulk of the old Remington like a broken leg.
“Look what you did.”
“It wasn’t me, you pushed it.”
“Let’s get out of here before someone comes.” Two shadows leapt through the open door.
As their footfalls faded, a light shone down on the remains of the typewriter. Gaum felt strange and light, so light in fact he could feel himself floating as he looked down on the senseless mess.
Then, with a shake of his head and something resembling a sigh, or maybe the passing of wind, or a breath of air, the ghost of the muse of the long-dead writer was finally free.
They were sitting in the corner, I guess looking for a little privacy but they came to the wrong place if they wanted that. The tables were too close together for one thing, and besides, everyone had to pass by that table to go to the toilet.
She was angry, upset, pissed off. Choose any adjective you want; she looked ready to stick her cocktail stick and untouched olive where the sun don’t shine, his sun at least.
I arrived after being dragged around the shops for two hours and I’d run out of patience and my credit card out of, well…credit. I put Lucy in a cab, with bags, they were all hers anyway, and made my way down to the King’s Head. Football was on the TV and I wanted, no, I needed a pint or two and anyway, I was busting for a lash. I nodded to the barman, asked for a pint of ale and made my way to the Gents. That’s when I noticed them.
He had his hands out in front of him when I passed, and, relieved at being relieved, I made my way back with less haste and he still had his hands in front of him, like he was praying or testing for rain or something. Whatever he was doing was having no positive effect whatsoever; maybe he’d run out of credit too. I got my pint and made my way to a little table, a little way off to the right of them, with one of those retro Heineken mirrors on the wall next to me and I could see them in action, as well as hear them.
“You were a twat Paul.”
“I know love, I don’t know what happened, it just happened.”
He’d chatted up, touched up or ballsed up by the sounds of things. Typical bloke, I know how you feel mate, I thought. I went back to the football, trying to concentrate on the game which was slower settling than a pint of Guinness. The ball was pinging about all over the place, no fun to watch but I watched it anyway, it certainly beat the hell out of shopping. A free kick got my attention but not for long.
“Where is she? Where did you put her?” Her? This made my ears pick up a bit. I pretended to watch the football.
“Behind the allotments near the railway embankment. There’s some old garages there and I left her there.”
“Do you want some more drinks?” It was the barmaid, taking their empties from their table. He said yes, she said nothing so I guess she either nodded or shook her head, there are only so many things you can communicate without words. The barmaid plonked the glasses on the bar and poured a lager.
“It won’t be for long, it was like a temporary measure, you know. I didn’t have the time.”
“You could have done better than that. She’ll be found in no time Paul. What the bloody hell were you thinking?”
“Shh…, she’s coming back.”
The mirror told me she’d folded her arms, a frown that looked furrowed with a hand-plough creasing her forehead. She looked at her phone, he looked at her. The barmaid put two glasses down, it was a nod then.
“I’ll go now, after this drink, alright?”
“Yeah? Well, I suppose it will be dark in half an hour, won’t it?”
“Yeah, it’ll be alright, you’ll see.”
Who was she? What had she done? What had he done to her? I had a hundred questions and didn’t know what to do with the information I’d heard.
“I hope you’re right Paul, she’s been in the family for years.”
“She’ll be alright Trish, really. Who’d want an old car like that anyway?”
I entered a competition recently where I had half an hour to write on one of three subjects given. I chose “a conversation” and out came the above. While I was writing I didn’t know who “she” was but as the minutes ticked away I decided I wanted to write something that didn’t involve death or murder, and as we English-speakers have a penchant for talking about our cars as feminine, the little ending came to me. I submitted with one minute left and received a ‘commended’ so it was ok.
Hemingway once said “write drunk, edit sober” – when you only have half an hour to do both, which do you chose?
Do not step into yonder pasture,
however the grass may be greener.
Do not follow the grass-flattened footsteps
who will lead you tither.
For the fickle will change
and though you may rage
and cry against your injustice
and spill tears that are useless.
To whom will you turn
when the wild winter wind burns
your face and tears your eyes,
as you stumble and chastise
your decision taken,
your intention mistaken.
For however that distant green field
may taunt you,
do not stray across those borders,
entrapped by those hoarders,
who will suck your soul
and bleed you dry and left to lie;
choked and broken
The hours slip through time,
as time seeps through the hours;
mark the beginning
and the end of time.
Celebration of life and death;
eyes open for the first time
or close for the last,
and tears tear the heart.
A new life now grows
for time never slows
but seeps through the hours.
The old year slipped into the new
While yesterday’s pain
is swept with a broom
Hard bristle scratch
My thoughts, my face
The handle hands the hand a splinter
Through nail and skin
Deeper and deeper
Poisoning and malevolent
Burrowing and diving
I can feel it
But not enough
To pierce my heart
So it turns on me
and burns in me
But spurs me
Message / psycho / disyllable
Sounds like an English pub name, in fact, should I ever own a pub (dangerous Farley, dangerous) it wouldn’t be a bad one. I digress. This piece came from an early morning idea of opening the dictionary, closing my eyes and jabbing my finger three times and seeing what words were found…the first two were ok. At 7am I really had to think about ‘disyllable’ though. Anyway, I gave myself 20 minutes for the exercise and it rolled out like this:
He sat there staring at me, just wouldn’t drop his eyes. I could feel myself squirming inside, uncomfortable was not word enough for how I felt. In some far off corner of my brain though I rationalised; he had a point, some twisted logic that made his argument plausible. He waited.
“You must understand Mr Brunton that I am not an expert in that field.”
Yes, but what do you actually think doctor?”
Well, I suppose if I had an opinion I could proffer it, I guess I can’t see the harm.”
He waited. I cleared my throat. I wasn’t so much worried about his reaction, I found myself wanting his approval. I held his gaze.
“The first thing is you need to stop thinking everything is some kind of subliminal message, with some hidden agenda. It really isn’t like that. You…”
“Doctor, you work for the system, you would say that.”
“System? What system? I am a psychologist Mr Brunton, you came to me remember?” I heard my tone change. No matter what the situation I’ve always kept a lid on my feelings. Impartiality is my middle name. However, with this psycho sitting in front of me thinking God knows what about me, whilst the colour drained and returned to his face with every fleeting emotion that raced through his mind, his eyes constantly wandering round the room. I could feel tiny bubbles of anger rising up, like champagne in a flute glass.
“There is nothing untoward about it,” I continued, “and I really don’t see the problem Mr Br…”
“Ah! But you wouldn’t would you doctor. For you it isn’t a problem you’ve ever considered. How many people go through life blatantly ignoring fundamental questions such as these? Too many I shouldn’t wonder.”
“You ignore these things at your peril doctor. These issues must be confronted, they have to be…”
MR BRUNTON!” I was now shaking visibly and any trace of impartiality had flown out of the window or crawled under the door. “Mr Brunton, I am not an expert in either linguistics or grammar, therefore I will now find you the contact details of the Oxford English Dictionary, whereupon you can contact them yourself and ask them just why the word “disyllable”, which means a word containing two syllables, itself actually contains four.”
The sunlight for a second
By my window whispered
Or did it laugh
As I felt its draught
My skin crawled,
The shadow passed
But it’ll come back
When night falls chill
For I will give it life
In black and white
I’m a day behind – there’s nothing I can do although this was half-written yesterday. Life gets in the way sometimes and certain people and things cannot be refused. I aim to be back on track by tomorrow evening…promise!
‘You have pen and paper in front of you, and an hour to produce an award-winning competition piece. Today’s prompt is “The empty chamber”.
There comes a time when you lose control of your dream and it takes control of you. It doesn’t happen often, at least not to me. This time though it’s worse; this one’s really got me.
I, like you no doubt, let my passions intertwine with my dreams. The things that I want in life, the things that are tangible, doable, reachable – they become my dreams. I don’t dream lottery wins, a Rolls Royce or a mansion on a hill, I dream in words, in black and white, created by me for me, usually. This time it’s different.
Mr Farrow, Martin to his friends so he remains Mr Farrow to me, teaches afternoon writing classes at the local college. He’s good, I’ll give him that. He’s published; he wins things, people look up to him. Last year I started his creative writing class, in the hope of a little dream realization; I was working a couple of bars at the time, keeping myself busy at night and staying at home during the day; perfect.
Except my days now are empty, with only words to fill them. My live-in partner, Shareen, left me months ago, calling herself a victim of my obsession. I’m not jealous, I just like to know where she is, who she’s with, what she’s up to. In addition there was my writing. At first she thought I was a novelty, someone to show her friends – a writer. I write all the time but I’ve never won anything. After a time she saw that as a reflection on me and saw my lack of success as a trigger for my obsession with her. She’s wrong. I will win, I know this time I’ll win and win big too then that’ll get her back, that’ll teach her. She’ll want me then. My name and my fame, she’ll want that.
‘Just fifteen minutes left now, you should have closed your story and now be reading through, editing where necessary. Polishing till it shines – this is the big one.’
I sit there looking at Martin, at Mr. Farrow, and sight the barrel on him. I hope he’s written for his life, there only one empty chamber.
Aguilar, this one at least, wasn’t a real boxer, so boxing history buffs needn’t get their gloves in a twist. I pulled a name out of a hat, liked it, and went with it. It’s another pre-dawn creation that gets left to pickle all day until I can get back home and tinker with it. I found my mind resting on a Cuban table just after the revolution
We sat and listened to the Aguilar fight on the old, battered radio which normally lived on the shelf but was now placed before us on the table, with a couple of rum glasses and an ashtray filling with cigar ash for company, imagining the scene at Madison Square Gardens. The crowd of Fedora-wearing men, looking like Sinatra and staring at the ring through the smoke of a thousand glowing cigarettes. The ring girls parading around the ring while holding the number of the next round, and showing off their bathing suits.
We didn’t bet. It was enough to go halves with old Fernandez for the bottle of rum and a few cigars. The smell of the grilled chicken and rice we’d eaten earlier still filled the air, even above the cigar smoke.
“He’s going down in this one,” said Fernandez, his chin resting on his hands, squinting and coughing, “he won’t last until the eighth.” I stayed silent.
The bell sounded for the seventh round, we heard that bell all the way from Madison. A cheer went up, probably a sympathy vote for Aguilar. We love to see bloody people, it must be a trait left in us from the days of the gladiators, they suffer and we love them for it.
“He’ll go down in this,” repeated Old Fernandez, “his legs have gone and he can’t see.”
Fernandez could sense how the fight was going even without the commentator. His battered face a reminder of his bare-knuckle fights 50 years before.
I was willing Aguilar to stay on his feet and for the Lord to put strength into that mighty right of his. I felt my prayers failing as he fell to the canvas once again. The wind outside the open window moved the palms to a low lament, as the commentator lamented his bloody face. I carried on willing my strength and prayers to cross the slip of ocean between my land and his.
“Aguilar ha terminado, no puede continuar asi!” the radio screamed at us.
“Courage Aguilar! Courage!” I shouted back.
The rum sat shimmering in the glass as my hands twisted and wrung themselves into knots in my lap, unable to help. My cigar had fallen onto the table.
I would feel every hurt Aguilar took to the very end. I stretched out a hand for my cigar but it never reached it.
“Un milagro! Un milagro!” yelled the commentator. I looked at Fernandez’ stony, face and saw his wrinkled eyes shine. A miracle? What miracle?
He’d done it. Aguilar had done it. That mighty right hand had found the strength from somewhere and the referee was still counting out his opponent above the roar of the crowd.
My cheeks were suddenly wet and I look at the old man in front of me, his handkerchief in his hand. Aguilar. My little brother. Quito, the fifth son. The only one of us who had made it to the promised land but who could now never come back.
In a recent edition of Writer’s Forum, I was interested in an article called ‘Morning Pages’, where you set yourself a morning hand-written (in my case) writing exercise of 3 notebook pages. At first it read more like a diary and I was for giving it up. Then I started pulling sentences out of the air and adding to them. I didn’t really intend to air them but this morning’s one pulled me a little. It’s not a story as such, more a descriptive exercise, however the last line leaves itself open for future ‘maybes’.
The path led out from the garden gate. The forest appeared as a line of trees above the tall, well-kept Laurel hedge which ringed the garden.
The grey gravel paths criss-crossed the smooth green lawns, unblemished by weeds or unwanted flowers and stopped in front of the tall, white marble water fountain, its centrepiece depicting St. George slaying the dragon and instead of spouting fire from its mouth, the dragon spurted water.
From the fountain another gravel path rolled its way across the immaculate lawn, maintained like a tennis court, and to the huge iron gate. The gate was 9 feet high, with a gargoyle detail atop its heavy wrought-iron metalwork, which twisted this way and that, and the gate made an impression, from one side safety and from the other a daunting, forbidden door. A heavy iron bar bolted the gate and both moved without the slightest sound, as if the huge hinges were oiled daily.
Turning my back on the gate I took in the whole garden. The centrepiece fountain and the zig-zag paths which made their way to the old house in one direction, to the wide red-gravel driveway in another and to the landscaped gardens in another, the riotous, seasonal flowers vying for attention against the well-watered green backdrop. I breathed deeply, as if inhaling the beauty and perfection. Turning, I breathed deeply once more, because as soon as I turned and saw the gate, a dread surfaced in my stomach. The world outside the gate fell into shadow by comparison.
Wind-blown leaves, dead and dry as animal bones in the desert, stuck against the bottom of the hedge, unable to find a way through. Outside the gate a path led in 3 directions; left to the village, right to the little churchyard and straight, if one had the nerve and courage, straight to the forest. The last remnant of a much grander forest which was here at the time of the civil war, when even the cavaliers and roundheads shied away from it, unless need drove them inside. Woodmen stayed at the fringes, their axes reluctant. Firewood was taken from the ground, no-one ever thought or dared to cut fresh wood to make a fire, should they have to spend the night in the vicinity, whilst passing through, or rather round the forest.
Now looking through the iron gate a dread chilled my blood. My happiness at being surrounded by such beauty in the garden was extinguished, as the sun behind a raincloud, when I turned to look at the forest, the grinding of ancient branches in the breeze, the death-rattle of the leaves leftover from autumns past adding its voice to the melancholy chorus. My hand touched the cold iron and without looking back, I took the middle path.
gloved and hatted
getting darker, and
to the touch,
to the senses.
How I enjoy
a pint of Guinness
Amsterdam; funny old town
Rain splats in the Dam Platz
Friendships deeper than the North Sea
Red light window girl for all to see
All smiles and business
Display and pay
Canal boats and bicycles
Blond girls and blue eyes
Coffee shops and red eyes
Amsterdam; funny old town
It’s the twenty second, yesterday gone
No super volcano or atomic bomb
Someones’ calculation went astray
The world should have ended yesterday
Down in Yucatan in ages past
Predictions made a little too fast
A man, a chief with feathered hat band
Arms to the sky, numbers in sand
2-1 1-2 2-0-1-2
I’m still here, what about you?
The clock is ticking
Running down the time
As we run down our lives
The clock will stop one day
And so will we, we may
Look back on what we’ve done
We’ll look back and see
Just you and me, and we
Shall cherish all we done
Well, the 30th November has come and gone. How did I do? Was it a success?
Let’s be frank. I didn’t get 50’000 words down during the month; far from it, in fact I finished with under 20’000. This was due, in part, to two factors. One of which no-one could have foreseen and necessitated 3 weekends out of 4 away from home. The other simply being that work commitments HAVE to come before my writing for pleasure as I’ve never earned a buck from my writing and I’m not in the position to do so now. Bills must be paid and there were times during the month when I came home late and the last thing I wanted to do was sit in front of another computer. I did force myself a few times, and it shows in what I wrote (I’m sure I’ll be murdering a fair few of THOSE darlings…). Instead, the times when I felt at ease the words flowed, humour was easier to come by and the characters gelled and developed.
I returned from visiting my folks in England at the end of October and sat down (as I’ve previously mentioned on here) on 1st November with little idea what to do or where to go with it once I had it. I always thought it an exageration when I read that writers, or rather successful ones, don’t know what their characters are going to get up to when they sit at the keyboard. “What a load of old tosh!” I said to myself. However, now I’m a changed man. It’s not tosh at all. I started the beginning of the exercise with no plot whatsoever – none! It developed and it is still developing and I love it. It’s the first time this has happened to me and it’s a fantastic feeling.
So; what about my novel? It’s there, it’s at early stages. My characters are still sussing each other out. I’m discovering traits in a couple of them that weren’t there at the start. A couple of big-hitters are still yet to show their faces but they will, in time. I’ve been learning how to tell their story, I hope by the end I make at least a reasonable job of doing so. I hope so.
Finally, I want to say a BIG THANK YOU to the NaNoWriMo team for uniting writers from all over the world for one cause; to write. No more, no less. In my 19’000 words you helped me become more of a writer than I was at the end of October. There’s the possibility I may never earn a buck from my writing, but I do know I’ll enjoy it all the more for the experience during the last month. You see NaNoWriMo has given me the discipline to write, when I can. One evening I turned out 2’000 words in one sitting. I’ve never done that before and boy, what a feeling.
So, was it a success? Personally, yes.