NaNoWriMo Day 20

Today’s word count: 920
Today’s writing: meandering
My energy level: worn out (I had a busy day)

Despite my healthy word count, it looks like it's still a long way to the other side of those mountains

Once again, I followed my policy of writing something, even if it isn’t a lot. I’m still ahead of the game with my word count. The only problem is that my story is floundering. Everyone is on the road with a destination in mind, but they are all headed in different directions and I have no idea how to get them all to the same place, let alone what will happen when they finally do find one another.

I’m pretty sure I need to make everyone miserable so I can get this story moving. They need messy situations that have no apparent escape hatch so I can see what they do. But I haven’t got a clue what sort of messes to dump them in. Instead of doing more wandering writing tonight (which ups the word count but won’t necessarily take the story anywhere useful), I’m going to make some lists of Things That Could Happen and then sleep on it. With any luck, my muse will come out of hiding and do her stuff. She’s really good at taking a half-assed idea of mine, nailing stuff on it, and handing it back full-assed.

I just hope she’s still around to be coaxed into playing.

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Kit Dunsmore

Kit Dunsmore has believed in the magic underlying the muggle world since she was a child searching for the Shetland pony pooka she was sure was hiding in her back yard. She learned early on that books were magic doors into other worlds, and that she could revisit a beloved character or place by opening the right book. As she grew, she decided she wanted to make magic with words, too. Today Kit writes about things she loves: poodles and dragons, witches and artists, quirky underdogs and loyal friends. Whether her setting is 6th-century England, the imaginary Twelve Kingdoms, or an art-obsessed version of modern America, magic always finds its way into her story. She enjoys turning fairy tales inside out and watching characters sacrifice everything to reach their goal, but she also believes in happy endings. When she isn't writing, Kit experiences magic by making things with her hands. Over the years, she's made quilts, fabric sculptures, collages, sweaters, and blank books. Her newest interest is learning how to spin her own yarn, a skill guaranteed to strengthen one of her many delusions: that she is a self-sufficient pioneer woman. She also thinks she is a hobbit, a witch, an artist, and a good cook. Living in the foothills of Colorado, Kit enjoys the giant skies and prairie landscapes which suit her need for wide open spaces. In addition to hiking through glorious scenery with her husband or imagining herself living in the Middle Ages, Kit works as a pillow for her miniature poodle and polishes the next small piece of her handmade life.

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