I really liked doing the thirty in thirty. It is a great way to stay focused and push through the doldrums and the excuse swamps that toughen up my daily landscape. Now my next project is to work on my own book for the next thirty days. Starting November 1.
I have been working on it already – off and on – but now I am determined to put a deadline on it and get er done! This is my own story – my first attempt at writing my memoir of sorts – My journey with God – before the monastery (a bit) during the monastery and now my journey into the future outside of the monastery.
The title of my book is called, “If I’m Not Me, Who Will Be.” It will be available for sale in February. I have no idea if it will sell or not – so I will probably do it as a print on demand book. Meaning I can print even only one copy if I want to and sell it on Amazon. For this book I’m not worrying about how many books to print – I’m just concentrating on getting it done.
It will have pictures, some of my artwork (some of the art therapy I did at Guest House) and perhaps bits and scraps of this and that. I do have a very fun picture of me in a habit shooting a pistol (and doing a pretty good job of it) when my brother Ellery RIP was recovering and not given too long too live and I was allowed to go visit him. He actually lived for a year or almost two after that.
I do not know if I will share my picture from my Navy yearbook. I looked rather like something that should have been buried but perhaps I will be humble enough to even allow that one.
All in all, I am just going to have fun with it. I probably will not follow any rules and regulations for writing a memoir – I’m just writing it like I write. Telling my story such as it is - from where I am today. Once it is out of my system I will go back to collecting and editing story collection books of inspirational stories.
One of the outcomes from our talk at the beach with the sisters and Father Ken was that I will have a new job! The sisters are going to employ me to manage the publishing and marketing of the books that I did with them previously! We are still in the process of working out all the details which will probably take a couple of months which is why I have the freedom for November to work on my own book.
Now here is a challenge for you! If anyone wants to join me in writing like a crazy fiend for the next thirty days there is a fun and fantastic program called the National Novel Writing Month which takes place every November. Several hundred thousand people join in this and they say about 30,000 actually finish! The goal is to write 50,000 words in 30 days in the month of November. A few have actually gone on to have their books published.
This is the link to join up. You only have 24 hours before it starts! http://www.nanowrimo.org/ I joined up – is that going over the top or what? To write a novel and a memoir at the same time? Probably. Mostly I wanted to check it out to see what it is all about – turns out there are 134 folks in the Albany/Corvallis Oregon area who are also doing this! What fun. Basically you have to write about 1600 words a day.
There is also a counterpart to this called Writing Non-Fiction in November. It doesn’t have nearly the hoopla and system of the novel process but I am going to go with that as well. If I can figure out how to do it. It’s sort of a November writing support group. The link for that is here. http://writenonfictioninnovember.com/
Okay – so that is enough of me for the day. How are you doing? I love our little community here.