Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Up on the roof, Wrimo and good book

- Going up to the roof of the parking garage at Georgia Public Broadcasting because I was early for my volunteer work. The rain had moved out, but left lots of clouds. Those red brick buildings to the left are part of Georgia Tech.

- Reading in the New York Times Book Review that National Novel Writing Month (aka NaNoWriMo), an organization in which the goal is to write a 175-page (50,000-word) novel by midnight, November 30, spawned a novel that I really loved - Water for Elephants by Sara Gruen. This "kamikaze approach" to novel writing sounds as if it isn't for everyone, but it is good to hear that the risk taking approach of hammering out a novel worked for someone.

- Feeling a little sad to finish "Thirteen Moons" by Charles Frazier - a novel set in the mountains of western North Carolina mostly before the Civil War. It is about a young man who ends up running a trading post at the edge of the Cherokee Nation. I listened to the audio version and it was lovely to hear Will Patton's voice reading the beautiful wry prose of Frazier. I found this at my local library and it was with me during a trip to south Georgia and north Florida to visit family and countless hours of commuting and work trips. Recommended - whether you read or listen.

16 comments:

Fireblossom said...

Hmmf. I still haven't forgiven Frazier for killing off the main character at the end of "Cold Mountain."

Have a wonderful Wednesday, won't you please, Ms. Lynn? :-)

desk49 said...

The rain and clouds have moved away
After washing the red bricks off today
Now the higher learning is all clean
There is no sun light for it to glean

NaNo span 10 years giving 60 novels to the world

A young man a post did run
On the edge of the Cherokee sun
Before the war of the states
Lynn said the story was great

TALON said...

I'm amazed by all the dishes abounding up on the roofs. I like when clouds have flat bottoms like that...as if someone skimmed them off only upside down.

I couldn't imagine writing that way, but it's neat that great works can come out of it.

The title "Thirteen Moons" is a neat one - that would make me pick up the book :)

LL Cool Joe said...

My younger daughter listens to audio tapes all the time. She has all the Harry Potter books on tape and she will play them again and again.

That's an amazing view from up on the roof.

Louvregirl said...

Love the shot of the heavy clouds moving fast over the city. Excellent job Lynn.
:)

Louvregirl said...

P.S. The top shot looks great enlarged and would make a very good city poster! 'Want it' on my wall!

Meredith said...

That photo -- incredible, Lynn!

I'm a NaNoWriMo dropout, I'm afraid. This was the first time I'd committed to join in. That darned flu hit two days before it began, and I kept going nonetheless, until just over 14,000 words on day six or so -- when the flu knocked me out of the running. :( Now I've lost the momentum and fallen far behind the flock and would never be able to catch up and reach 50,000 words by month's end.

But I love the very idea of any organization that gets thousands of people writing toward their dream every year. It's so cool!

Lynn said...

FB -

Loved Cold Mountain, too! I am having a pretty wonderful Wednesday and hope you are, Ms. Shay!

Ellis -

I like the thought of all that clean higher learning. :) Thank you for my poem! I like it!

Talon -

That is only a fraction of the dishes - they broadcast many PBS programs from that building. And my wee radio program for the blind. :)

Let me know if you read it - I loved it.

Joe -

I still like turning pages of a book the most, but do a fair amount of library audio book listening because of all the driving I do.

lg -

Thank you - those clouds came out nicer than I thought they would - it's hard to tell with digital sometimes.

And thank you again! :)

Meredith -

Thank you. And if a program like that resulted in a book as wonderful as Water for Elephants, then I think it is a good thing. I hope you are feeling much better now.

Jannie Funster said...

It is a little sad when a really really good book ends, we wish it could go on forever and ever.

Lovely shot of the city! Clouds are so beautiful always.

xoxo

Mama Zen said...

If I remember correctly, I've heard good things about Water for Elephants.

Riot Kitty said...

That would be a seriously compressed time to write!

Sparkling Red said...

I didn't know that NaNoWriMo had resulted in any publications. That's amazing! I have a friend who's been doing it every year for a long time, even after her young son was born.

Snaggle Tooth said...

Nifty roof view! A pretty city, even under a cloud ceiling! Last year I followed ThommaLyn Grindstaffs NaNo progress in November. I can't imagine so much typing in one month! Glad to hear of a recent success from it!
I hate finishing good books, unless another is lined up to do. Sounds like an interesting story you recommend.

Granny Annie said...

I always love a recommendation for a new audio book. Thanks!

Lynn said...

Jannie -

I feel that way about a good book or a TV show sometimes - like The West Wing. Miss that show so much.

xo

Mama Zen -

My book group read it - I thought it was great.

Riot Kitty -

I'm with ya. :)

Sparking Red -

I know - I had to idea.

Snaggle -

I always have something lined up - I have a stack going. Wish there was more time to read.

Lynn said...

Granny Annie -

You're up early, too! I couldn't recommend that one more, but I was entirely grossed out by the descriptions of meat eating in some cases. :)