I am doing NaNoWriMo again! At this point it seems like I must be some kind of masochist. The last two times I’ve done this I came nowhere near the 50,000 word mark. In fact, when I went to Camp NaNoWriMo last August I made it to 17,000 after two weeks, then got some sort of horrendous throat infection and couldn’t go on. So, here I am embarking on another Camp NaNoWriMo, but this one is different. This time I can choose my goal – I think 30,000 words is a nice goal; not too much, not too little. My original idea was to take ten stories from the 1937 Star-Phoenix (my local newspaper) and write 3,000 word short stories from them. I first thought I might write the back story or the where-are-they-now story. I am a trained historian, I thought I might try my hand at some creative non-fiction. When I wrote my synopsis at the Camp NaNoWriMo website it was supposed to say this:
Based on true stories from the 1937 editions of the Saskatoon Star-Phoenix, ten stories will elucidate and illuminate life in a small prairie city during the Great Depression.
However, at the last second my mind directed my hands to add:
Though there might be zombies, possibly river monsters and a chance of a creepy circus.
None of this was officially sanctioned by me! I was a little concerned that my subconscious was writing cheques my conscious couldn’t cash, so to speak. Then I took a look at the microfilm and found this headline in the January 14, 1937 Star-Phoenix:
Three Dead in Family – Goats Absolved
I think this is going to work out just fine!
Be Lovely to Each Other,