I’m baaaaaaaaaaack …

I’ve decided to do Camp NaNoWriMo this July, working on the first draft/outline of an ambitious project I’ve been procrastinating about. I thought maybe if I post updates here now and then throughout the month, it may keep me motivated. Or it may not. We’ll see, shall we?

The project I’ve been working on is a combination of family history, personal memoir, creative nonfiction, historical fiction, literary fiction, poetry, and visual art. I think of it as a collage of words and art and ephemera that tells a story based on the flow of history. My family’s story. My story. And I’d even go so far as to say our country’s story.

I’m been researching this project on-and-off for about five years. I decided it’s finally time to sit my behind down in a chair (or on the couch) and actually work up the first draft. Or as Ann Lamott would say, “the sh***y” first draft.

Speaking of Ann Lamott and her fabulous book, Bird by Bird, she says if you have a large overwhelming project (such as a huge catalog of birds), just get started and tackle the project bird-by-bird.  So, I’m following her advice and dividing this work into smaller, generational bites. Taking it generation-by-generation.  Beginning with Puritans arriving in Plymouth and Scituate in the late 1600s.

This is a sixteen generation story I’m attempting to tell. Seventeen generations if I include my children, but I don’t think I’m going to write them into the story because their stories are still being told as they live their lives. They can write their own stories someday. Or their descendants can.  Actually, I may not include any generations still living which would include my dad and myself.

I don’t anticipate getting the entire first draft done this month, but I know I can make a substantial dent in the project if I keep with it.

So, on we go …

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Shall we begin again?

The last time I updated this blog was back in July.  I’ve been thinking about what to blog about here quite often throughout December, and have decided today, as we head into the new year, I’m just going to start sharing things and see where it all goes.

There are things that have happened in my life over the past two years that have shaken me to the very core of who I am.  I know I’m not ready to openly share about what’s gone on (and actually may never be ready).  But I’ve learned a lot through it all and will probably share the occasional snippet of wisdom now and then.  Probably not actual wisdom per se, but at least things I’ve learned that apply to this time in my life.  Other people’s mileage may vary.

I guess that’s one big thing that’s been hammered home for me is that there’s not a one-size-fits-all solution that fits everyone in all circumstances.  I think we often get ourselves into a bit of a mess when we try to apply our personal solutions or personal answers to other’s lives.  We’re all a mix-and-matched collage of individual problems, individual people, individual questions, individual circumstances.  So of course we would need individual answers.

Well, that’s it for January 1st, 2018.  I would say I’m going to try to post something every day this year, but life happens and I may not even post something new tomorrow.  I think what I’ll try to do in the coming weeks is sit down and post things as I’m inspired.  Maybe once a week.  Maybe three times a day.  Who knows?

I also plan on sharing my fortunes from fortune cookies throughout the year.  Just because.  🙂

Happy New Year!

~Debi

“Do not be too timid and squeamish about your actions.  All life is an experiment.” – Fortune cookie