the rose is out of town

The Harvest Moon, Charles Rennie Macintosh

It’s that time of the year–November–when, as Emily Dickinson said, the rose is out of town. Rain came, the air is cool and fresh and gray. It’s the writing month, the only month of the year when somehow I manage to write everyday, 7 days a week, no matter what. Every month is writing month, but only in November is it absolutely true, every day. What I want is to have 12 Novembers–to be productive all year, every day.

Lake of the Rose is this year’s NaNoWriMo book. I see it as a horror novel, but who knows how it’ll really turn out. I won’t know for sure until November 30. And maybe not even then. Writing is not paint by numbers–at least I don’t think it is, despite genre conventions. I do have an outline, somewhat, and characters, and a story; heck, I’ve even got a premise! So we’ll see.  No pressure, not even a pinch; all will be done at my own cool pace.


“Walked for half an hour in the garden.  A fine rain was falling, and the landscape was that of autumn.  The sky was hung with various shades of gray, and mists hovered about the distant mountains – a melancholy nature.  The leaves were falling on all sides like the last illusions of youth under the tears of irremediable grief.  A brood of chattering birds were chasing each other through the shrubberies, and playing games among the branches, like a knot of hiding schoolboys.  Every landscape is, as it were, a state of the soul, and whoever penetrates into both is astonished to find how much likeness there is in each detail.”
–   Henri Frederic Amiel 


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