Biting the Bullet – NaNoWriMo

Well, starting tonight at midnight I am going to participate in the National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo). I’ve thought about it in the past but have finally screwed up enough courage to make a fool of myself on (virtual) paper. As I understand it, the goal is quantity and not quality and, more specifically, a work of 50,000 words. Writing so much is such a short time forces the writer to steamroll over his/her inner censor.

Friends and acquaintances who’ve done NaNoWriMo have said it can be an intense experience and a real challenge of will to slog through it. The average word count per day is 1,667. Maybe it is crazy for me to take this on in November, the beginning of busiest retail season of the year; nevertheless, I’m going to try.

Originally, I planned to modify the rules and write 2 short stories rather than one novel. I even had two vague story ideas. Twenty-five thousand words is too much for a short story though — more like a novella or even ‘novelette’, and wrapping up one story then immediately launching a new one seems like an onerous thing to do under pressure. In the last week one of those ideas stuck in my head and has engaged me enough to commit to this one story and go for the full novel.

Wish me luck.

Creative Genius – In or Out

Although I’ve not (yet) read Elizabeth Gilbert‘s Eat, Pray, Love, I am currently reading The Last American Man by her. It was a National Book Award Finalist selection and profiles Eustace Conway, a committed and genuine ‘backwoods man’ living in a teepee in the mountains where I myself grew up. Because I’m enjoying the writing so much, I decided to google Elizabeth Gilbert and I discovered this truely outstanding video of her TED presentation that I want to keep for myself and share:

Blogger Highlights Book Sculptures

Brian Dettmer Book SculptureToday I discovered the eclectic blog: Centripetal Notion by Justin Ruckman, a graphic designer from Charlotte, NC. Justin describes his blog as “miscellaneous badassery”. He lays out an awesome mix of art and science posts that I find especially appealing. Some of his top tags are: Art/Design, Humor, Music, Performance, Photography, Science, Technology, Universe, Video, World.

A click on my super randomizing StumbleUpon button led me to Centripetal Notion and a posted video of Clara Rockmore playing the theremin. She is an accomplished musician with this unbelievable ‘touchless’ instrument. From there a little poking around on Justin’s blog turned up a post called Book Autopsies about Brian Dettmer’s sculptures. Brian himself commented on Justin’s post (which I include, in part, here because Brian gives gallery websites where his work is featured):

Hello Everyone. I am Brian Dettmer, the artist that did this work. First of all, thank you for your interest and great response to my artwork. […] I appreciate all the questions and interest but I will not have time to answer them because there are way too many blogs about my work now. For more info about my work you can go to the websites these images were originally lifted from:
Packergallery.com
Toomey-Tourell.com
HaydeeRovirosa.com

There is no doubt that I will keep an eye out for more work/news of Brian Dettmer and will also frequently check in at Centripetal Notion for other great things that Justin might toss up.