Wednesday, October 27, 2010
Sketches of a Home Gone Wild
Despite my title, home has actually been a little more calm lately and I'm enjoying it before the crazy rush of Halloween hits us. It's a very windy day today, and the boys (William and his friend from school who I take care of everyday after their morning SK class is over) are playing downstairs while Rosie naps and I'm in the kitchen trying to make some sort of lunches for Scott and I other than quick PB sandwiches. So much effort goes into healthy, homemade food for the kids that it's easy to sometimes forget about ourselves. Right now I've got the innards for Curried Chicken Turnovers simmering on the stove and the smell and colour of the curry fits perfectly with the sun-lit leaves that are still hanging on for dear life to the branches outside my window.
Some of the calm we've had at home lately has been thanks to an Ed Emberly book on drawing monsters that Scott brought home one day from the library. William loves the step-by-step directions and he draws away at the dinner table while Scott and I get to cook together. Rosie sits across from him watching and commenting, "That's great William, you're doing awesome." So cute. And it's been inspiring her as well. The top two pictures William did, but the last drawing is Rosie's princess, she's so proud of it!
I've been getting excited as well because Nanowrimo is coming up. I did it last year, the crazy rush to write a novel in one month. I'll be honest, I don't believe it's possible, not for me anyway, to really write a novel in 30 days, but it does give me a deadline and a whole lot of pressure to get myself in the chair each day. And I've been planning and dreaming and scheming about a real project for this time around, not just 'write like mad and come out with a mess!" I've been planning on a bunch of short stories linked around a theme, a woman, a time, a town. I figure if I get tons written, the 50,000 word count like you need to WIN, than I'll have gotten a good crack into them and will have loads to work with afterwards. I'm excited, and looking forward to the time I'm going to having writing, quiet and cozy, as promised by Scott who said he will do whatever I need to get the work done again this year, just like he did last year, just like he always does. It'll be hard seeing that November is a nutty birthday month around here, Rosie and Scott, and niece and brother-in-law and friends, but I want this, so I'll do it. Gladly, step-by-step, just like those pictures up there.