Of Meatballs and Marinara

12,862 Days Alive

9 Years in the Making

We had garden rotini with marinara sauce and Italian style meatballs for dinner tonight. I’m stuffed still.

The weather was weird today. It was so cold in the office we had to turn the heat on for a bit. Maybe it’s because of all the tropical systems around. We just got winged by what I think is HurricaneSally? It’s blurring together a little because we have a historic five tropical systems all brewing at the moment.

In happier news, I worked more on Sparrow’s Seaside Blanket tonight. Down to seven rows left before I’m done, I think. Maybe more if I add on to it?

Now, to address that nine years mentioned earlier! For those of you who don’t know my particular brand of peculiarities, every year since 2008, I’ve done something called NaNoWriMo. That stands for “National Novel Writer’s Month”. It’s a digital, self-driven challenge to write a 50,000 word novel in 30 days. And I’ve been kicking around the same two in various states for the past several years.

One in particular I’ve been working on since 2011: Moral Fable. It’s a working title, but basically before Once Upon a Time kicked off and brought faerie tales back into the realm of cool, I had an idea back in late 2010 of this multi-generational story intertwined with various stories and moral fables. From Brazil to China, Hawaii to Siberia, I have been doing research and reading folklore and faerie tales the literal world over to try and get some stories for this book.

I have the foundation of the story. I know The Who, the what, the where, and the how. Still a little fuzzy on some of the why reasons though.

I want to finish the story. I’ve barely started, to be honest. I don’t even have a full story outline down. I just tonight sketched out the layout for the island they’re on.

Nine years I’ve been working on this. This year, I’m gonna finish the damn story. I don’t really care if I hit fifty thousand words. I really just want to get it done, get a draft done.

Anyway, I’m going to go work on the outline before bed.

Take your meds, folks.

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