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Day 2: Crowdfunding for Writing Seminar! (Why the fuck not?)

April 2

Maybe it was a mistake to launch my inaugural crowd-funding efforts yesterday, on April 1 (oopsies, now no one will ever take me seriously). But as it turns out, the timing was just right. I was in the “mood”. You know the one. Yes, that one. That “Why The Fuck Not?” sort of attitude when you are sick of hearing your sorry self talk inside your head about the endless opportunities you fail to reach out for.  Well not this time, sucker (she says to herself, which happens a lot, and then wonders do other writers live deeply inside their own thoughts in this way?).

And so, lo and behold, a crowd-funding campaign is born for “Fiction Novel Writing Seminar with Tod Goldberg.” What the wahhht, you say? It’s exactly as it sounds. A chance to have my novel in progress given new life with some additional guidance, support, feedback, and time it deserves.

What is the big deal? This seminar is by a local writer who I became familiar with when he visited my “Satire and Irony” class, he’s a friend of this incredible writing teacher who has continued to inspire me to this day. And so, when Stephanie Hammer tells me someone is amazing and invites them to speak to her class, you better know she’s not lying. She turned me onto Aimee Bender, who not only shares my NAME (Whhhaaatt???? Yes, we’re part of an elite Aimee club) but I drool over her work and it makes me feel like, “Wow, I can still be weird even when I’m all grown up and supposed to be a (making a very grave expression) serious writer”. Yea, like that. Ahhh, refreshing. For me that feeling was (like totally) better than any other feeling in the (whole wide wide) world (yes, I just fangirled out for AB, and I gotta give a shout out to my other inspirational wonder woman Goldberry Long who’s right in there too in continuing to inspire me to keep being a writer and to show me that yes, moms with littles CAN be writers too!). So yes, Stephanie just published her  new novel and Aimee wrote a blurb for her, and Tod wrote a blurb for her and all I could think was “Omgee Omgee maybe someday they will all write blurbs for ME!!!” (you too, Goldberry, wink wink, pretty pretty please with sugar on top, and whipped cream, and a cherry!).

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To summarize, it was an oddly optimistic day when I just said “Why the fuck not?” I want to go to this writing seminar and get this novel all the way out! Out I say! And off to IndieGogo and social media I went! (And then, hour by hour, it set in: the incredible dread of self-doubt and fear and anxiety that this might actually work or not work, ahhhh! It’s all too much! In a good way!)

If you’ve enjoyed any of this craziness I call writing, check out my IndieGogo page and consider donating or sharing just for kicks (and good karma)! YOU could be the proud recipient of a hand-crafted bookmark, or I’ll even name a character in my novel after YOU! For reals!

*And sorry to those I may have offended with the F-word. I’m a mom, so I rarely get to cuss, and I just really like to cuss when I’m really excited and/or nervous! It just feels right sometimes, you know?


Preparing for NaNoWriMo (Nano-what?)

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Tomorrow marks the official start of NaNoWriMo…come on, you know what I’m talking about, right? National Novel Writing Month! This will be my second year participating in this challenge. And how am I preparing, you might ask? Even if you don’t ask I’m going to tell you. And if you look carefully at the date of this entry, you will notice that I am not at all procrastinating (wink, wink).

However, you might be impressed to know that I am anxiously awaiting my new MacBook Air that is currently in Tennessee (after traveling all the way from Shanghai, China) and due to arrive at my little So Cal doorstep tomorrow! Just in time to start  my newest endeavor without the worry of my computer crashing. Yes, my current laptop is roughly 6 years old and keeps getting a white screen off and on, and so I’m backing up my writing every day, and crossing my fingers and toes and eyes that it will hold out long enough for me to get a new one.

And how, you might ask, does one struggling writer afford to buy said MacBook Air? I know, I know. Some people say Macs are too expensive, but seriously, given that mine has lasted me this long…I’d say it’s a worthwhile investment. And once you go Mac, you never go back (hey, they should make a commercial out of that!). I qualified (somehow, some way, with the blessings of the writing gods on my side) for 18 months no interest financing for my new BFF (hello, MacBook Air) and was approved for a $2,000 credit line, of which my MacBook totaled out to be $1,999.94? Okay, it was something miraculously close like that. Be impressed.

And coincidentally it will arrive on the first day of NaNoWriMo, the day I will embark on the journey to write an entire novel in one month. Not sayin’ this is going to be flawless, or even good. But it will be written, nonetheless, and if my luck so far is any indication of my writing abilities, then this is going to be one Hell of a novel (or one Heaven of a novel? Hm, just doesn’t sound as good does it?).

What am I going to write about? Well, I’ve given it some thought. I have an idea. But I also kind of like the spontaneity of “winging it”. So, tomorrow, new laptop at my desk, I will figure it out as I go. My inspiration? I’ve been reading a lot of Chuck Palahnuik and Aimee Bender, though my faves also cover Goldberry Long (the amazing, ultimately awesome, inspiring (okay okay, I have a major girl-crush))  and Wally Lamb.

Female heroine? Journey of some sort? Complications? Um, probably. Isn’t that almost a requirement of sorts? Although maybe I will branch out and write from a male’s POV. Or what about third person? I don’t know. I kind of don’t want to over-think it and just let the creative juices flow (a phrase that is disturbing and kind of gross, but I continue to use anyhoo).

Even though I’ve been battling a cough that feels like tuberculosis (no, I don’t actually know how it feels to have TB, but come on, I’m dramatic, remember?), and a head that is so congested it feels like it’s floating some ten feet above the rest of my body, I will take my kids trick-or-treating tonight, and then the rest of the week and weekend are all mine! Mwah ha ha ha ha ha ha ha…..

So if any of my family asks where I am, tell them I’m at Starbucks, but just don’t tell them which one, because when it’s time to hunker down (seriously, is that even a real word? Hunker?) and write an entire novel in one month, this writer needs some serious “mommy time”, as in…leave me alone! If even for just 5 minutes, pleeeeeasssse….

And thank you!