For the uninitiated, NaNoWriMo is the portmanteau for National Novel Writing Month, a social initiative to encourage writers – from amateur to seasoned – to take that leap from “I’ve got an idea for a story” to “Hey, I’m pretty far along on the novel I’m writing.” While it’s certainly not for everyone, it is an interesting, well-thought-out guide to helping people write and finish a first draft of a novel with the help of other writers and support via social media. On the other hand, the very thought of finishing a novel, even just a draft, in a month seems preposterous to some, especially with setting a deadline by which to finish it and a word-count goal for each day. So, NaNoWriMo: Love it? Hate it? Let us know in the comments section below.
This month, to pull you out of the November doldrums, we bring you a short story from Richard Craven, a British contributor, entitled, “Disaster of the Will.” Read along as he takes you on a trip through a caravan community of nudists with one resident just waiting things out…
Next up, we have the poetry of Nina Brav. Her submission, from Love and Other Monsters, shows us a loss of innocence tinged with heavy-hearted desire.
We welcome Sophie Vincent, a painter and sculptor from Northern France. We’re delighted to share her sculpture with you, which is currently on display at the Galerie ZonZon in Brest, France.
Emily Rodriguez brings us a second short story for November, entitled “Paper Cranes.” When romance and career are at odds, sometimes all you can do is keep busy and hope for a wish to come true.
Jack kicks off the podcasts this month with “Radio Stories for Halloween,” three old-time radio dramas. He promises to bring you something new, different and totally absorbing to listen to each Friday night in November.
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