My Clarity of Night Contest Entry

My entry is now posted at The Clarity of Night. Mine is Entry #12. You can read it over there (and see the picture we used for inspiration) or you can read it below. I hope you like it:

To Be The Hero Once More

I should’ve listened to my wife.

She had told me, begged me really, to sit this one out, to stay at home with her and the baby, to not try to be the hero. She knew this about me. I always have to be the hero.

She told me I’m not a kid any more, that I have responsibilities now. “What if you got hurt”, she asked. We both knew we couldn’t afford for me to miss any time at work, but I assured her that I’d be fine, that there’s no way “Sweet Feet” was coming home injured. She rolled her eyes.

Sure they were all at least twelve years younger than I, and most of them faster and stronger. And sure, at the last minute they had decided we were going to play tackle rather than touch. I was going to be Quarterback; all of the glory without having to do much running or even get hit.

I’m not sure what came over me. Watched too many Steeler games? All those girls in the stands, cheering us on? It’s nice to know you still got it, right?

It was fourth down, we were at the goal-line, and the game was on the line. In retrospect, maybe I shouldn’t have dove, but it felt right at the time.

And so, I find myself staring at the beautiful Fall Pennsylvania sky, with a headache and possibly a few less teeth. Was it worth it? Depends. Did I get in?

Finished My Clarity of Night Contest Entry

I’m feeling a bit down, a bit blah today about my NaNoWriMo project.  I’m not even sure why.  Maybe the lack of sleep is catching up with me.  Us “writers” are such a dramatic bunch, I guess.

To break myself out of it, I decided to work on my entry for The Clarity of Night contest. I finished that one pretty quickly and sent it off to Jason.  I imagine he’ll post it by the end of the day.  I’m very happy with my entry and it’s way different than the entries he’s posted so far, which I guess is a good thing.  As always, my entry should at least give you a smile.   I’ll post it here once he posts it over there.

What I’ve Learned from NaNoWriMo Thus Far

Well, I’m seven days into NaNoWriMo and I’ve learned a few things along the way already. I thought I’d share them with you this morning.

  1. 50,000 words is a LOT of words. I’ve written 13,000 words in seven days, and I feel like that’s pretty good. However I still have 37,000 words to go!
  2. It’s all about the numbers. You need to average 1,667 words a day to reach 50,000 by the end of the month. If you don’t hit that on one day, you’ll have to write more than 1,667 just to catch up. Miss two days, and it’s even worse.
  3. You will forget things – My main character acquired a sword, but for the next 5,000 words I forgot this little tidbit. I’ll have to fix that in the second draft.
  4. I’m learning how to write a novel. I’ve never come close to writing a novel before, but I’m learning so much about the process this month. It should be easier next time. I hope.
  5. I’m a writer – yes I feel comfortable finally calling myself a writer
  6. Writing a novel can be fun
  7. Writing a novel can be horrible
  8. I think this may kill me.


Oh, I forgot one: Writing via the computer is the way to go for me.  I want to be one of those people who are able to write by hand in a notebook, and I tried that last year, but I realize I am not.  It’s just too convenient to be able to write on the computer, knowing I don’t have to type all that stuff in for draft 2.