When I moved home from San Diego in 1998 I was 27. I worked with this woman who was 30 and who I thought was TOTALLY cool. She had a bookclub so I wanted to have a bookclub. Truthfully I wanted to be in HER bookclub but it was exclusively for her college friends so I decided to start my own.
I called 6 of my friends and invited them to join - and I invited each of them to invite a friend or two and on the first night there were a dozen women in my livingroom - half of whom I'd never met before.
Some of them were not stellar - like the woman who confessed that she had accidentally killed her own cat with rat poison - and some of them were BEYOND stellar - like my friend Serena.
My, at the time, NEW friend, Serena who is my NOW 14 year OLD friend Serena.
The thing I love about her is that she doesn't take anything I say personally. Like if I say, "I don't know if I could be a stay at home mom." She doesn't think, "Wow, Kit thinks I'm lame for staying home." Because I totally don't. I think she's brave and awesome and lucky.
Which means it's REALLY easy to talk to her because I don't have to worry that what I'm going to say is going to offend her. Because that happens sometimes.
So one day we were talking about writing a novel - which she totally does and I totally think I could do but can't commit to and she said to me that she had recently seen an author speak and someone in the audience had asked, "Don't you think that everyone has a story in them?" and the author had said, "No. I don't."
And I thought that was interesting because I think that I do - and I don't think the fact that I haven't been able to commit to putting it down on paper means that the story isn't there.
Except that it MAY AS WELL.
And so, FUCK ME, I've decided to put it down.
This year I am going to participate in National Novel Writing Month - NANOWRIMO - the month of November - where you commit to writing a novel - 50 thousand words - by the end of the month.
Since I have zero free time, I'm not sure where this is effort is going to fit in but I think that if I don't do it, I need to shut up about doing it. And we all know that shutting up is not my strong suit.
So bear with me. If my posting is a bit thin, or it totally sucks you'll know I'm writing the great American novel. And if I start posting 2 or 3 times a day, you'll know I'm totally procrastinating!
What about you? Do YOU have a story in you?