A Red Room member and author, Fiona Robyn, has suggested NaSmaStMo for January, and is inviting readers, writers, and friends to join her. I won't be able to explain as she does; to learn more, check out her blog, A river of Stones, for full details. However, here is my take on it. Like the November project of writing 50,000 words of a novel, it is a writing concept of writing a short prose piece each day that highlights some high point or event of the day (for example, watching a bird at a feeder or finding a footprint in the snow) and writing about it ...polishing it like a small stone until perfect. As she said it is somewhat like a haiku, but not--more like a few well-chosen words.
I have decided to give it a try. I don't know how long I will keep it up. I don't know if I can make it the whole month of January, and whether I can find something daily to focus upon, and then write and refine the writing. As a person who writes haiku, I can hope that I have some powers of observation that will help.
With a few days to go before the New Year begins, I have made my first attempt and I share it here. I still have to polish it a bit, but in a rough draft, it is as follows:
staring at the painting on the wall of the pristine beach, the teals and turquoises of the lapping water, a sailboat on the horizon...but then reflection in the glass show me a gray, overcast sky and bare, wispy branches; reality hits, and I smile
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