Circle of Life & Writing Goals

This isn’t the blog post I had planned to write for this NaNoWriMo month. I wanted to get a jump on my writing early in the month, instead I received a late night call about the unexpected death of a family member, earily similar to the call I received three years earlier about the brother of the deceased.

Life is like that. We have plans, then life makes other plans for us.

Our family has experienced a lot of loss in the past three years, and dealing with death is never easy especially when it seems random and unexpected. In death as in writing, we search for meaning. We mine our memories and remember the good times, the earlier years, the days of innocence.

The truth is, none of us are getting out of this life alive. That doesn’t make anyone’s passing any easier for those of us left behind. Death sucks.

Needless to say, I’m way behind in my writing goals this month, but that’s okay. I was where I needed to be ~ with my family, mourning an unexpected loss. But I refuse to concede NaNoWriMo defeat so I’ll keep plodding along, stringing one word after another and I’ll be happy with however many I end writing, because it will be more than what I started the month with.

6 thoughts on “Circle of Life & Writing Goals

  1. Sorry you’re going through this. With NaNo, I think showing up each day for the words is more meaningful than the actual number of words, so well done on the showing up. But don’t forget that if it turns out that you can’t show up, that’s ok too. Life comes first.


  2. So sorry for your loss, Deb!

    Wondered why we hadn’t see you at any of the events and now I know.

    Just write when you can. We have 2 weeks left and if 50K isn’t doable, then pick your own goal. If you’re interested you can pop up tomorrow for the Okemos Library all day write in 1 to 5:30. That might help.

    Sending good thoughts and lots of love!

    Annette – Contemplative Cat

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