The Horizon of Possibility

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God, it’s been a long time. I blame work mostly, but before that it was a general lack of inspiration. I was even flirting with the idea of just never updating this blog again, but for some reason, I couldn’t let it go. Now that I have actual thoughts to relay, I’m glad I didn’t. I don’t even know if anyone is still with me, here. Hello? Is thing on?

Anyway. Nanofreakinwrimo brings me out of my self-imposed hermitude. (I’ve dutifully transcribed my experience with this novel writing month here, here, and yes, here) Possibility is in the air. Do you feel it? Do you see how it breathes through the leaves on the shivering trees? Wait. Is it growling? Just me? Okay. So many ideas and current works-in-progress to dedicate myself to, and I just want to–do them ALL. My gothic work in progress, Wrathmoor, that I’ve been writing since 2011; my contemporary work in progress The Rosen Tales; and Other Points of Contention, which just makes me giddy and terrified every time I think about it; the short story I wrote for a contest that didn’t win, but that I love so hard I want it to have a face so I can pinch its cheeks; and the poem that is writing itself in my brain right now, revealing itself to me from the end going backwards, so yeah, that should be interesting.

This month makes me want that exhilaration of a cause and accomplishment and fighting tooth and nail to do the thing I love and what matters to me. I will never have an acceptable answer that “demonstrates critical thinking” or is particularly unique and especially meaningful for why I love writing and why writing these novels matters to me. Why does a child love painting and drawing? Why do we love to go to parties? Or, contrarily, why do we love to stay in and submerge ourselves in fanfiction? Just because I don’t have a textbook or Nobel worthy answer for why I love it, is it any less valuable?


This life is too transient to get caught up in abstract, diaphanous terms like Meaning and Purpose in attempting to justify why we do the things we love. You get all tangled up in Plato’s Perfect Forms, and when you live in an imperfect world, it’s just not an ideal place to be, am I right? So, I say to you, my friends, on this day of new beginnings, of fresh, dewy eyed wonder, go. Find your horizon of possibility. Grasp its coat tails and let it carry you through the night.

Anyone else venturing into the great beyond with National Novel Writing Month? What will you be working on? Something new or something you’ve already started? I’m curious to hear how other people do NaNoWriMo: a little every day until you reach 50,000? Or just push yourself into the project with more gusto during this month of possibility?

8 thoughts on “The Horizon of Possibility”

  1. I, for one, am still reading your ever helpful, encouraging, and thoughtful posts. Thank you for writing!

    Although I gotta say, I’m intimidated that you talk about Plato in your posts and I talk about hamburgers. LOL.

    I’m glad you’re giving NANOWRIMO another whirl. I am, too, except I’m doing a version a friend suggested: I’m doing a flash fiction story a day. It’s fun, not intimidating, and I’m actually accomplishing it. So far.

    Happy writing!

    1. Wow! A flash fiction a day is impressive (and totally intimidating me! Haha!).

      Believe me, Plato’s Perfect Forms is like the only thing I remember with any coherency from my philosophy classes in college–and vaguely at that. Shameful for me to say that when that was my minor…Also, there is NOTHING wrong with talking about hamburgers.

      Thank you so much for reading my posts, Drema! My next post is going to deal with the whole if a tree falls in the forest and no one is around to hear it does it still make a sound–read: if no one is reading my writing but me, then WHY do it–phenomenon.

      Happy writing and happy NaNoWriMo to you too!

  2. Ashley, I love the way you write about writing. And the way you FEEL about writing. Your energy and enthusiasm inspires me. I will NOT (with a capital NO) be attempting NaNo this year, but I’ll be here to cheer you on. 🙂

    1. Awww, thanks, Carie!!! I’m glad my fervor to write inspires someone when I can’t make myself get to the computer and do it despite loving it so dang much. Thanks for the cheering. 🙂


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