Yes, I’m participating in Nanowrimo (National Novel Writing Month). No, I’m not doing a full novel. I’m doing a pared down version, thus the “ninny.” I wish I could take credit for the cute “ninny” in “NinnyWriMo.” It’s not an original idea, but darned if I can remember who came up with it! By all means, holler if you know.
First, I’m penning a new short story for a submission call about artists and their models (horror, of course). The deadline is November 30th, so it’s perfect timing for a Nano project. My protagonist is a needlework artist. Here’s a snippet:
Ekaterina smoothed the folded, little-boy’s shirt with her wrinkled fingers. Along the length of the placket ran her meticulous embroidery: star flowers for protection, geometric zigzags for joy, and holly berries for health. There was also a tiny, brown stain from when Ekaterina pricked her finger.
“For my grandson’s first day of kindergarten,” Ekaterina said. She passed the gift to Katherine, her daughter.
Katherine pinched the shoulder of the shirt between her acrylic nails, and Ekaterina’s careful folds fell out.
My second Ninnywrimo project is the bazillionth edit (okay, maybe the third edit) on my wasp novella. I will submit it also by the end of the month.
Here’s the submission call for the Weirdpunk Books art-horror anthology in case you have a story up your sleeve: WeirdpunkBooksSubmissions.
An update: Aha! It was D. Wallace Peach’s husband who came up with the Ninny of NinnyWriMo (except he called it “Ninny Rhino” heehee).
Today’s feature image by Laura Adai on unsplash.