Spontaneous Stupidity or Vision Quest?

There are so many stages to grief one gets dizzy trying to keep up with the changes. I’ve tried to embrace my grief during the past seven months, giving in to the emotion of each stage, but the stage I’m in now is one I will not tolerate — self-pity. Lucky for me, this new manifestation of grief shows up right in time for NaNoWriMo and NaBloPoMo (National Novel Writing Month and National Blog Posting Month, though considering the international aspects of both challenges, they should be called InNoWriMo and InBloPoMo). The nano challenge is to write 50,000 words during November. The nablo challenge is to post a bloggery every day during November, and I signed up for both of them. Yikes. At least I’ll keep myself so busy that I will have no time to feel sorry for myself.

The nano site says: “Writing a novel in a month is both exhilarating and stupid, and we would all do well to invite a little more spontaneous stupidity into our lives.” By doing both NaNoWriMo and NaBloPoMo I’m inviting more than just a little spontaneous stupidity into my life, but I’m looking forward to it.  I’m a very slow writer, so I’ll probably end up writing stream of consciousness, which is a cheat since it’s not exactly writing a novel, but I’m doing this more as a vision quest than a writing exercise. Grief digs deep into one’s psyche, dislodging buried feelings and thoughts — sort of like digging for fossils in a tar pit. I’m hoping that by forcing myself to write an insane number of words the loosened bits will surface, bringing me enlightenment. Or wisdom. Or . . . just about anything other than self-pity.

Nancy A. Niles, author of the upcoming thriller Vendetta, posted an article on the Second Wind Publishing Blog mentioning the three things necessary to maintain good mental health:

  • Challenges, or facing fears
  • Attitude
  • Support system

Well, this month I have the challenges, I have the attitude, and I’m privileged to have a wonderful online support system — people who will help keep me motivated.

I’ll let you know what happens. To be honest, you couldn’t stop me. There’s that small matter of having to fill thirty blog posts during the next thirty days . . .

7 Responses to “Spontaneous Stupidity or Vision Quest?”

  1. Malcolm R. Campbell Says:

    I’m not sure I’d want to commit to posting something new every day on a blog while maintaining a 1666.6666-word per day average on the novel.

    Hopefully, your focus on the book and the blog will help clear away the stirrings of self-petty. With my chronic depression, I have found I can snap out of it when what I’m doing (like writing fast) is either really busy or really interesting. Maybe that will work for you in the stage-of-grief arena.

    Let’s hope so, and let’s also hope neither one of us is falling into a cauldron of stupidity in the process.


  2. Carol Ann Hoel Says:

    Good for you, Pat! I had a goal of one blog each day since I started my blog in July of this year. I was a bit surprised when I noticed that I’d reached 100 posts on the day I should have reached about 300 posts! Ha! I’ll be glad to cheer you on and look forward to your daily posts.

  3. joylene Says:

    I’m cheering for you, Pat. I hope it’s exhilarating and inspiring.

  4. Carol J. Garvin Says:

    One or the other would be a challenge for me; I figure doing both is pure craziness. But it will certainly keep your mind occupied and I can understand why you think that’s important. I hope if you reach a point where the writing schedule feels overwhelming you’ll allow yourself a little leeway.

    Here’s to a great month! I’ll be writing, too, and watching your progress. 🙂

  5. Sheila Deeth Says:

    NaNo and NaBlo. Wow! But you always rise to the challenge. Cheering for you.

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