Tuesday, October 24, 2006

Mercury is falling!

Or whatever it is they use in the digital thermometer I have near our front door. It's COOL again. No, not in that uber-hip, world weary, been there done that way. I mean Open Window Weather. Cool, clear, bright, and very nice. We put a blanket on the bed last night. I kicked it off sometime around 2, I think, but I had most of it by 6 am. Lucky for my husband the cats were on his side of the bed, sharing body heat.

I hope the temperature change settles in and stays. I've got PLANS. I have to do THINGS. Most of these things require me to move around once in a while, maybe even leave the house. I find it all nearly impossible when the weather is hot. Cool suits me.

Of course, it is all relative. This weather might be considered warm somewhere like, oh, I dunno, Toronto. But I like it. I can wear pants and a fuzzy shirt! Weee! The high point of luxury in my life!

Oh, and if you haven't signed up for a month of suffering and celebrating in NaNoWriMo, consider this:

Why are you doing this? What do you get out of it?

NaNoWriMo is all about the magical power of deadlines. Give someone a goal and a goal-minded community and miracles are bound to happen. Pies will be eaten at amazing rates. Alfalfa will be harvested like never before. And novels will be written in a month.

Part of the reason we organize NaNoWriMo is just to get a book written. We love the fringe benefits accrued to novelists. For one month out of the year, we can stew and storm, and make a huge mess of our apartments and drink lots of coffee at odd hours. And we can do all of these things loudly, in front of people. As satisfying as it is to reach deep within yourself and pull out an unexpectedly passable work of art, it is equally (if not more) satisfying to be able to dramatize the process at social gatherings.

But that artsy drama window is woefully short. The other reason we do NaNoWriMo is because the glow from making big, messy art, and watching others make big, messy art, lasts for a long, long time. The act of sustained creation does bizarre, wonderful things to you. It changes the way you read. And changes, a little bit, your sense of self. We like that.

(from the NaNoWriMo FAQ page)

Everyone needs an artsy drama window sometimes. Especially when the weather finally turns cool.

No comments: