December 6 – Make. What was the last thing you made? What materials did you use? Is there something you want to make, but you need to clear some time for it?
Mah NaNo novel: Glass and Salt. Used a G-2 fine point blue ink pen and a Picadilly medium notebook with college-ruled pages for the first half or so, then switched to my trusty Compaq, Write or Die and Word '07 when I realized that there was no way handwriting was going to get me to 50,000 in time.
Omigosh, there is so much I want to create right now. A short list:
- a novel about a hedgehog princess
- a short film about robots in love
- a song about fighting crime
There are times I feel like artists and musicians are more artistic than writers. I mean, they get to use materials, to make images and figures and shapes and things you can touch, see, hear and smell. There's such a beautiful tangibility to what they do. Writers can only grasp at it, try to spell out what they want a reader to envision, rather than just making it and letting them see it for themselves.
But then I see a page of handwritten scrawl, and run my fingertip over words that have been pressed deeply into the grain of the paper, and smell the way the oil from my hands rubs off onto the fibers, and listen to the gentle hiss of the pages rustling together and I feel better.