Monday, October 30, 2017

Good Fences Make Good Neighbors

The following quote hangs on the bulletin board in my office  -  

MY MIND IS A BAD NEIGHBORHOOD
I TRY NOT TO GO INTO ALONE.
(Anne Lamott)

Well, since I've basically moved in there already, easier said than done. Right now my neighbors are a creature I've only caught a glimpse of (and that was more than enough to induce nightmares, thank you very much) and an old man with a nice smile and a well-tended lawn who might be a really bad dude. I hope the little girl across the way has a better weapon than that manatee keychain because otherwise we are all in big trouble.    

Yes, it's NaNoWriMo time! 

And since I'm hunkering down and hiding from what I suspect is a truly hideous Welcome Wagon, I'm going to miss November's IWSG. I still plan on posting here and visiting you all throughout the month . . . unless my neighbors have other ideas . . . . Gulp.

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Are you participating in NaNoWriMo? If so, what are you working on? Do you like scary stories? Want to recommend a favorite horror novel or author?  

37 comments:

  1. Good luck with NaNo! I mentioned some good scary books last week.

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    1. Thanks, Alex! Right about now, I'm really feeling the need for all the good luck wishes I can get.

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  2. What a funny post :-) Good luck with NaNoWriMo. I think I'm going to participate this year, but I still haven't made up my mind 100%. We'll see what happens on the 1st.

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  3. Well that was enticing in one little paragraph.

    Good luck on NaNo.

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  4. I love the descriptions of your neighbors! :)
    I am prepping for NaNoWriMo by simultaneously trying to get my world-building knowledge into place and writing any quirky last-minute ideas into a short story starter file ... trying to beat the rabid squirrels of distraction before I even begin.

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    1. Sometimes I wish those neighbors/characters would go on vacation now and then. Not during NaNo, of course. Just when I need a little peace and quiet. :)

      I'm prepping away, too. It really helped last year so fingers crossed it also works this year. Good luck to you!

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  5. We live in a brand new development, but it's been interesting getting to know my new neighbors. They're building the final house on our street right next door, so I get to hear every bang and crash. Yea me!

    Let's do this WriMo!!!

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    1. Oh, I lived through that, too - construction everywhere. Hang in there!

      And yes, whoo-hoo for WriMo!

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  6. Yes, I'll be doing NaNoWriMo again. Severed Press offered me a contract for a murder mystery with yetis. Hoping to have a lot of fun with it.

    Good luck with your book!

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    1. Excellent, JH! I bet you and those yetis will have lots of fun this month. :)

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  7. I'm doing NaNoWriMo this year and will be writing another Village of Sangamon historical novel.

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    1. Good luck, Patricia! See you in the NaNo trenches. :)

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  8. What a funny post. I hope we get to meet these neighbors!! Also love the quote - Anne Lamott is the best.
    Good luck!!

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    1. Now, Julie, do you really want to meet these people/monsters?! :o

      Good luck to you, too!

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  9. Ooh, this has the makings of a truly magnificent - and terrifying story. Have f-f-fun with those neighbors!

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  10. All the best with NaNoWriMo. You got this. You show that bad neighborhood who is boss. Enjoy.

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  11. That looked like an IWSG post to me!

    As for minds...my Mom has commented more than once after reading my weekly flash fiction that she sometimes wonders about me :) Even someone like me who doesn't read horror and doesn't like it, can end up in some freaky places!
    —Rebecca
    My IWSG Post

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    1. I missed participating in IWSG today, but with it being the first day of NaNo, I really needed/wanted a head start on that word count. :)

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  12. Yes! Our minds can be scary places, can't they? Populated with all kinds of creatures and gore and muck. Cheers from CA and hope NaNo treats you well. When you come up for air, I've moved. Here's my new digs: http://www.cleemckenziebooks.com/

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  13. That Anne Lamott quote is spot on for my mind.

    Good luck with NaNo!

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  14. You'd better carry homemade cookies. That should give you time to run. hehehe

    Anna from elements of emaginette

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    1. Good idea! Although, store-bought might be better. I don't think even monsters want to eat what I bake.

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  15. Hey, wait a minute...is all that in your imagination???

    Uh, not sure I wanna visit there...hmm...

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    1. Visiting is fine. You just don't want to stay too long. And you definitely don't want to stay after dark.... :o

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  16. Good luck with NaNo. I've only done it last year as a rebel to help motivate myself to get some editing done. Usually, I never have a story I know enough about to write to be able to do it.

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    1. Thanks! I did a lot of prep work last time around and found it helped. I tried to do the same thing this year so fingers crossed the results will be good, too. :)

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  17. Good luck with Nano. I might take a blogging break until December's IWSG myself to write even though I'm not into the Nano thing.

    My favorite book is a horror story: Shadowland by Peter Straub (not to be confused with Shadowlands by C.S. Lewis)

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  18. Tamara - enjoy your break and good luck with your writing!

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