I’m participating in National Novel Writing Month this year. The goal is to write 50,000 words in 30 days and have a first draft for a novel. Kick-off is today.
“What’s your book about?” my editor asked.
“Lesbian romance set in the 80s. Big hair, big love, something like that,” I wrote back.
“I’m feeling nostalgic,” she wrote. “But mullets.”
So, that’s my story, and I’m sticking to it. If you don’t hear from me in November, I’m busy writing about the 80s and lesbians and quoting lyrics from songs sung by the big hair bands. “And, baby, talk dirty to me.” Like that.
Because lesbians rule and the 80s were the best and if you’ve never rocked a mullet you’ve never really lived.
If you want to help a writer out, I still need a name for a really great, fictional lesbian bar. Best answer will find its way into my novel.
Anything else that needs to be in there? Trivial Pursuit, Pac-Man, a Rubik’s Cube …
Oh, and if you’re doing NaNoWriMo, e-mail me and we can be NaNo buddies.
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Coming up for air.
Writing like a big bad butch.
This update is brought to you by Red Bull. And all the cups of coffee I’ve consumed. Thank you, Red Bull and coffee.
Things that have happened since my last post:
I have learned that marriage is a money saver. Straight people have been sitting on this secret for years. When we paid our auto insurance premium last month, we updated our status to married. Progressive ended up sending us a check for $46. That’s right, married people get free money. For being married. So, if you live in a state that allows same-sex marriage, go for it. Because free money.
Married people get free money just for being married.
I changed one of the main characters in my novel in progress from a former beauty queen to a former female wrestler. Does anyone out there remember GLOW (Gorgeous Ladies of Wrestling)? It debuted in 1986. C’mon lesbians, think. Extra points if you can name any of these spandexed gals.
Do you remember this show? Do you know these women?
W is on a lavender kick. She bought this new lavender butter (not for toast!) that she rubs on before bed. After she coats herself in a thin coat of lavender, she rubs it on my cheeks and my chin and under my nose. I giggle because it seems so girly. But I have been sleeping like a giant butch baby. Zzzzzzz.
This is what I dream about at night?
And W is great. She humors me about this crazy writing thing. Like when I start talking to myself, she gently asks who I’m talking to. And at night when I say that maybe I’m not a fiction writer after all, she just rolls over and says “goodnight, baby.”
Back to the grind. If you’re doing NaNoWriMo, feel free to add me as a buddy(my handle is rtheo).
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Tagged female wrestlers, free money, gay, GLOW, lavender, lesbian, NaNoWriMo, queer, Red Bull, wrestlers, wrestling, writing
Dear Flannel Files Followers,
Your favorite butch is taking leave from blogging and her sanity for the month of November. Yes, I will be partaking of National Novel Writing Month. For those of you who are not familiar with NaNoWriMo, it’s a commitment to write 50,000 words in one month.
Consider it challenging and insane, like trying to count the number of lesbians at a Melissa Etheridge concert. 59, 60, 61 … Did I already count the one with the short hair?
I have an idea for a novel. And very little free time. Which should make for an interesting combo.
Plus, I’ve never written a novel before. Or even fiction for that matter. I’ve always found enough material examining my own life, self-involved butch that I am.
I will try to check in once in awhile. Because I just can’t quit you people!
Fifty thousand words in 30 days. Talk about crazy. Talk about butch.
Send good thoughts or straightjackets, in flannel, preferably.
If you’re doing NanoWriMo this year, give a shout back. Misery, company and all that good stuff.
P.S. Supplies purchased today from big box store.
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Tagged butch, gay, lesbian, Melissa Etheridge, NaNoWriMo, National Novel Writing Month, writers, writing