Leaves twist and curl, flip their skirts in the breeze and tease with silver undersides. Photo-synthesis slows and autumn’s chill changes green to gold. The season is edging away from what was, to what will be, tugging me with it.
Time slides into space, today melding into tomorrow, and I sort and decide: what belongs in which pile? Sandals and boots, stories and dreams. I yield to the slipping away with its unexpected abbreviations. Some things change while others never do. Shall I return to the familiar or venture into the new? Indecision buzzes with the view of changing options in life and writing while decision is wrapped in a cocoon of translucent fear, waiting to be released. Waiting for what?
Indulging myself in a five-minute free writing challenge on the topic of ‘change’. If you’d like to join me, post the results of your five minutes on your blog and let me know in the comment section. I’d love to hear what ‘change’ means to you.
“Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever.”
Hebrews 13:8 (NIV)
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This is it! This is my time to…..
And now that I’m racing against the word clock you may not see as much of me over the next thirty days. That might not be a bad thing. I imagine you’re getting pretty tired of hearing about NaNoWriMo if you don’t happen to be a participant.
This NaNo’ing endeavour doesn’t garner much respect from serious writers. It has frivolous overtones. They wonder why an aspiring novelist willingly wastes time accumulating 50,000 words of questionable value. But I have no desire to waste these thirty days. While the writing is undoubtedly mediocre quality, it has purpose. Committing to this very visible project is my way of shoving reluctant thoughts and words out of the wings and onto a stage whether or not they want to be there. It’s an extensive “free writing” exercise that I believe will enhance my creativity and self-expression. At the end of November I hope to have completed the bare bones rough draft of a novel that has been shackled inside me for the past six months. I’m heading off now to see if it can be done.
Coming up next: an interview with Canadian author Laura Best whose debut YA novel BITTER, SWEET was recently launched in Nova Scotia.