Saturday, November 20, 2010


This morning I got up knowing that there was a whole day of various activities that the family were involved in. I also had yesterday's and today's words to write. (Yesterday being one of those days where nothing goes to plan.) So when I pulled back the curtains to a misty, rainy day, my heart soared.

All but one activity was cancelled due to the weather, so I spent most of it writing. I've almost caught up on my words with: surprise visits home at the ranch, a lover's spat, a marriage proposal and the beginning of a very important dialogue between two characters. Things are about to get very dramatic.

I have surprised myself at how much I can get written with NaNo, but the other surprise is that somehow I'm reading more too. As you will notice from the side bar I have just finished my sixth book for the month: THE SECRET LIFE OF BEES by Sue Monk Kidd, which was a very good read. I watched the movie a year ago and enjoyed it immensely, but the book is even better.

Set in the 1960's in South Carolina, against a back drop of Black Civil Rights, the book tells the story of Lily. Her mother was shot accidentally when she was four and her father is a cruel, unloving man. All she has of her mother is a picture of a black Mary. A series of events leads her to run away and she finds  herself living in a flamingo pink house with black sisters May, June and August, and a statue of a black Mary.

What follows is a poignant story of love and forgiveness, sprinkled with humour. I've put the book back on my shelf knowing that I will return to it again and again.


  1. for a minute there I got confused as to which events you described were happening at home and which were in your novel thought your writing must've been interrupted by a surprise visit to 'the ranch'... that's living the story! Keep going :)

  2. I had planned to watch the movie but never got around to it. Maybe I'll read the book one day, it sounds great.

    You're doing so well with Nano Sue. Sometimes I think the more you have on your plate the more you get done.

  3. Joanne - you're right I'm sure. As they say "If you want something done, ask a busy person."

    I have to say, I am looking forward to the 30th. All this busyness and discipline is quite unnatural!