Tuesday, May 31, 2011


I am an artist. That much has been plain to me since I was about 11 or 12 years old. The funny thing is I discovered I was a poet at the age of 9 after my mom and step-dad divorced. Art came later. I used to write silly little poems at nine that I would laugh at today, but I did love to write them. When I was a teenager I wrote such angsty stuff it's hard for me to look at it these days without getting depressed. Anyway, my point is that though I AM an artist I am also a writer.

Which brings me to the reason for this post. I have been toying with writing a novel for quite some time, but I am really, really bad with commitments that take that much time. It's all part of being a procrastinator who lacks confidence (might have something to do with the aforementioned step-father). I've decided to do it though. I formulated an idea I think has enough originality to be called my own and enough strangeness to be called science-fiction.

This is all to be done within the month of June for The Burrow's BuNoWriMo. I love those Burrowers. I've known them all since we were all on a Harry Potter fan site together called HPANA. They can pretty much get me off my ass (figuratively speaking) and start writing where no others can. Whether I'm being a guest contributor in their site features or doing the A-Z challenge for the first time because it was suggested by a certain Tart. They always manage to inspire me to exercise my creativity by putting words on paper (or a computer file). So my first book is not only going to get written because of the Burrowers, but IF it's any good at all I'll be dedicating it to them.

If you want to check out The Burrow go here: http://www.the-burrow.org/default.html or here: http://burrowers.blogspot.com/

And now I will leave you with some pure awesomeness. Combining two loves of mine: Colin Meloy's voice + Celtic= The best song EVER!


Cruella Collett said...

I <3 you :)

Good luck with the challenge - I'm THRILLED that you're joining :)

Anonymous said...

Good luck :) I hope you do well.

Jessica Bell said...

I think it's a good idea to get started doing one of these challenges because it'll force some discipline upon you. You'll be fine. Good luck!

Marjorie said...

Cruella- You know I <3 you too!

Niki- Thanks

Jessica- I do need the discipline!

Leovi said...

I see that your life has not been easy and very early use writing as a means of expressing your feelings, as a form of self-defense. I think that also may be one of the best breeding grounds for being a good novelist. As far as possible I encourage you to carry out this beautiful project. Beautiful song reminiscent of Celtic. Greetings.

Fa L'Americana said...

Go go go! One day down, 29 to go!
Thanks for letting me know about the BuNoWriMo :)

Hart Johnson said...

Awwww! This is so fabulous, Marjorie! I feel honored! (and not a little vindicated for all that trouble making peer-pressure I get up to)

doreen said...

I have a feeling your novel will be great. Don't think of it as such a long commitment...think outline; think chapters..one at a time.
I wish you all the best and I love that song!

E.J. Wesley said...

Hi Marjorie,

I L.O.V.E. the Decemberists! They're going to be near where I live in August, so I'm hoping I can get over to see them live.

I really stopped by to say 'thank you' for your support during my A-Z blogging month. I've created a fun "no strings attached" blog award for you and all of the other awesome bloggers who offered feedback and encouragement.

You can view the award and my thank you note here:

Hope you are well and that I see you around in the future!


Stephen T. McCarthy said...

[I originally attempted to post this comment on June 2, 2011, 2:32 AM]

I’m not a liar. I tell the truth. And here’s the truth:

I saw on my Dashboard that you had posted something new, and I had already determined that when I got home from work tonight, I was going to visit your new blog bit. I did not come here because you left a comment on my blog; I was already planning to visit your blog before I got home and saw your comment.

Hey, that was a pretty good song! Never heard of them before.

Considering your love of Celtic music, perhaps you lived a previous life in the Emeraldland. (And this ain’t baloney, even though I HAVE kissed a Blarney Stone.) Did I know you in a past life?

ONE IRISH ROVER by Van Morrison.

[An old girlfriend of mine once listed this as one of the songs that most made her think of me. And I can understand that.]

Tell me the story now
Now that it's over
Wrap it in glory
For one Irish Rover

Tell me you're wiser now
Tell me you're older
Wrap it in glory
For one Irish Rover

I can tell by the light in your eyes
That you're so far away
Like a ship out on the sea
Without a sail, you've gone astray

Tell me the facts real straight
Don't make me over
Wrap it in glory
For one Irish Rover

Tell me you see the light
Tell me you know me
Make it come out alright
And wrap it in glory

For one Irish Rover
For one Irish Rover
One Irish Rover

STAR OF THE COUNTY DOWN by Van Morrison and The Chieftains. [Hmmm... OK, pour me a double of Jameson.]

CARRICKFERGUS by Van Morrison and The Chieftains. [In my opinion, this is one of the most heartfelt performances Van The Man ever gave.]

”Irishmen have a keen sense of tragedy to sustain them in times of joy.”
~ Anonymous

~ D-FensDogg
‘Loyal American Underground’

Stephen T. McCarthy said...

Say... MARJORIE, did you ever see the movie "WAKING NED DEVINE"?

A great little sleeper about a small town in Ireland and an old man who wins the Irish Sweepstakes. Funny stuffs, filmed on location in Ireland with an all-Irish cast. Highly recommended!

~ D-FensDogg
'Loyal American Underground'

Ella said...

I've been toying with this idea, myself! I love you are pushing through your doubt n' moving forward.
I might just check them out!~ Thanks for sharing!

Crystal Pistol said...

Good luck with writing that book! You'll be just great. Can't wait to read it! :)

Arlee Bird said...

After what I've seen on your blog I will concur that you are an artist, a poet, and a writer. You do a good job in all respects. Good luck with the novel. And if you don't finish in the allotted time don't worry--some novels have taken years to write.

Enjoyed the song.

Tossing It Out

Sarah McCabe said...

Good luck with BuNoWriMo!

I've passed on the Versatile Blogger Award to you. Stop by my blog to pick it up: http://subcreator.blogspot.com/2011/06/blog-awards-of-doom.html

Siv Maria said...

Go girl! I am on the same page as you, just over half way there, but far from a whole book. At least we have started! Great video ;)

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