My reading has slacked off terribly. I’m an avid reader who fell off the wagon. How did this happen? I blame TV and social media. Really, I blame myself because nobody forced me to engage in those things. Well, I’m over ruling myself and returning to my reading habits. The first book up is Lilith’s Brood by the late great Octavia Butler. Lilith’s Brood is a trilogy in one volume: Dawn, Adulthood Rites, and Imago.
I’m embarrassed to admit that Lilith’s Brood is my first dive into Octavia Butler. Her books have been on my To Be Read List for years. For whatever reason, I just never got around to reading them. Years ago, I bought Lilith’s Brood with every intention of reading it, but that never happened. I bought the book at a used bookstore, brought it home, and put in on my bookshelf without even cracking it open. I wasn’t ready for it and it wasn’t ready for me. Until now.
Over the last few weeks, I’ve been having a yearning to read Octavia, but still never did it. It was after I heard an amazing podcast episode by GirlTrek called GirlTrek’s Black History Bootcamp. The podcast is a 21 day look into black female history. On the 21st day they showcased Octavia. At the end of the podcast, I finally cracked open Lilith’s Brood. Guess what I found. It was signed by Octavia. All these years I had this book and never knew it was autographed. I flipped out! How amazing is that?!!
Three pages in and I was captivated already. The main character was experiencing these “awakenings.” I immediately wanted to know what they were. I’m only on chapter two, so I still don’t know much about the story yet. According to the book cover, Lilith’s Brood is about a woman mourning the death of her family when war destroys the Earth. She is awakened centuries later by unearthly beings. Together, they must work together to restore the planet. This book feels very timely with the COVID-19 virus running rampant through the world right now. Funny how I pick this book up now . . .
In this episode, I review the film Colette (based on a true story) staring Keira Knightley and Dominic West. IMDB logline: Colette is pushed by her husband to write novels under his name. Upon their success, she fights to make her talents known, challenging gender norms.
November 1st marks the start of NaNoWriMo. For those who aren’t familiar, NaNoWriMo is short for National Novel Writing Month. According to the NaNoWriMo website, it’s “a fun, seat-of-your-pants approach to creative writing.” Participants have a 30 day deadline to write a 50,000 word novel.
I wanted to participate this year, but I don’t have the time because I’m currently working on a pilot script and, as of yesterday, a poetry book of haiku poems. I want to have a draft of the script finished before the new year. That’s right around the corner, so there’s no time for my damn procrastinating.
So, I figured I’ll join my fellow writers in spirit during NaNoWriMo by working on my projects everyday during the month of November. Knowing there’s thousands of other writers writing their little hearts out will give me inspiration and energy to write everyday.
There’s a daily writing goal of 1,667 words. However, if you don’t hit that goal, you can catch up the next day or whenever, but the point is to hit the daily mark so you don’t get behind. I won’t be writing that many words a day. My goal is simply to get SOMETHING written everyday. I’ll be keeping track of my thoughts about the process daily in my journal dedicated to my writing projects and I’ll be giving weekly updates on my progress on this blog, so stay tuned!
Are you participating in NaNoWriMo this year? What are you working on?
New journal for the new year. #writerswrite #expression #wordsarebeautiful
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