one gopher says "Did you eat all the Halloween candy already?" and the writing gopher responds, "Don't talk to me. I have a masterpiece to create."

And the beat goes on…

I’m having a blast with NaNoWriMo. The one big tragedy that I confessed to a writing friend the other day is that sometimes I write a scene that cracks me up, and I’m laughing out loud while I type it. This is great, actually. The tragedy is that I can’t share it with anyone. It would require so much explanation that by the time I get to the punch line, it isn’t even funny anymore.

So I live in the hope that a) leftover Halloween candy is calorie-free, and b) when I finally revise this monster and work up the guts to share it with critique partners, it comes back with LOLs written in the appropriate margins.

There was another big tragedy – for awhile, every time I thought about the story, the soundtrack from Disney’s Aladdin got stuck in my head. Specifically “Friend Like Me” and “Arabian Nights.” I like these songs. They have their place in my childhood and in my heart – I don’t need them, however, stuck in my head for a week. Thankfully, this has mostly been remedied by Christiane Karam, a vocalist/composer I stumbled upon on Youtube. I don’t really have the vocabulary to talk about music intelligently, but I really like the songs of hers that I’ve listened to so far.

And since I’m sharing videos, I just finished reading the ARC of Stasia Ward Kehoe’s THE SOUND OF LETTING GO, and the main character plays this song, which I now love so much I think I’ve listened to it eight times since yesterday. Probably more. As Z would say, “Seriously. I’m not teasing.”

Now. Go. Have an amazing weekend.

7 comments

    • Beth Hull · November 8, 2013

      WHOA, Rufus Wainwright covered it? And with all these covers & its place in movies, how could I not have heard it before? I’m feeling very humble about my musical education….

  1. Maggie · November 9, 2013

    Glad it’s going so well for you! I love those times when the story makes me laugh out loud… a sure sign you’re going in the right direction!

    • Beth Hull · November 10, 2013

      Thanks, Maggie – and if I don’t get a salvageable manuscript out of this NaNoWriMo experiment, at least I’m having fun!

  2. PB Rippey · November 12, 2013

    Wow, I love Christiane Karam’s music! All the different instruments–wonderful. But most of all I love the gophers. Talking about laughing out loud. Is Nano gopher a blonde, or is she wearing a candy wrapper? In any case, thank you for the laugh and the good music. Happy writing!

    • PB Rippey · November 12, 2013

      Meant to say “talk”, not talking. Ha ha! zzzzz

      • Beth Hull · November 12, 2013

        Nano gopher’s a blond, BUT she might ALSO be turning into a piece of candy because she’s eaten so much of it!

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