Friday, October 28, 2011

Razor's Edge for 10/28/11

I am standing at the edge of NaNoWriMo 2011. In 74 hours and 41 minutes, NaNoWriMo 2011 will begin. I won't begin until about 90 minutes later - but I will not go to bed until I have reached at least my first 1,667 words. And that first sprint usually goes pretty quickly - it shouldn't take long.

Twice in the last week an ad has popped up on Pandora while I was listening. This wouldn't seem too odd if I listened to Pandora often - but I don't. The first time I just listened to the ad, the name slipped my mind, and I forgot about it. The second time it caught my attention and I was stopped at a light, so I was able to glance at the screen - and the visual helped. I also linked to the iTunes website where it can be downloaded and saved the page, for later reference.

The CD I'm dreaming about is, "The Goat Rodeo Sessions" with Yo-Yo Ma, Stuart Duncan, Chris Thile, and Edgar Meyer. I watched three videos, "teasers," about the making of The Goat Rodeo and this is the basis of today's prompt. In Teaser #2 the musicians talk a little about their coming together and it clicked.

NaNoWriMo is authors of all experience levels, ages, and genres from around the world participating in this write-a-novel-in-30-days event simultaneously. We are not creating a novel together - though there might be some authors collaborating somewhere.

So - watch this video, listen to just a small sample of their incredible music, listen to their talk about coming together, diversity, colliding universes.

After watching the video, read the two character sketches and write a story about these two people coming together. Or your variation of these two people. Write for 10 minutes. Let it sit for a while. Then share it with someone, see where it sings, where it could be expanded and revise.

Happy writing!


Character sketches:
A: Man whose days are spent thatching, weeding, grooming his lawn - by hand and meticulously.

B: She's the kind of woman whose closthes reflect the seasons. No. Reflect the
holiday of the season. Whenever she goes out, she dresses in the consumerism holiday driven choice of colors and style and appliques.