When I was a child, I set out to write a novel entitled, The Little Dog Born in the Grand Canyon. The story was simple: a boy finds a dog in the desert, they have adventures, they rescue a fireman from a burning building. At the time, I believed the Grand Canyon was situated in California, so upon learning it was not, I revised the title to read, The Little Dog Born in the Grand Canyon, but Raised in California. I was a stubborn kid.
In the end, I completed five or six pages and several illustrations.
How I came to attempt a novel, I do not know. My brother and I were active readers, so perhaps our reading inspired us — I believe my brother also attempted a novel. Whatever became of The Little Dog Born in the Grand Canyon, but Raised in California, I can’t say. I do recall keeping the originals for some years, but now it’s long gone.
Today, I’m a grown-up kid, ready to write my “November” novel. Though I’ve been blogging for well over a decade, I’m relatively new to the typosphere and newer still to NaNoWriMo. The idea of writing a 50,000 word novel in one month intrigues me, and I’m ready to join with others — some 200,000 at the time of this writing — in this endeavor.
Without a doubt, I will type a good part of the novel on my recently acquired Olympia SG3, which I like very much. If, in the end, all I achieve is 50,000 unpublished words, I shall be satisfied, for at least they shall have been written.
I begin this project simply for the sake of the written word.
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