So I’ve been reading here and there on the internet about bloggers participating in NaNoWriMo and the NaBloPoMo permutation of that challenge.

I don’t want to write a novel, and if you’ve been reading me for more than a day or two, you know I don’t have trouble posting every day. Here’s what I would really like to do, however.

During the month of November I plan to write a non-fiction book proposal. Once I pull together my best effort, I’ll be querying 2 or 3 dozen literary agents, hoping to get an agent and eventually a book deal of my very own.

A big dream. Gargantuan, actually. As my fingers tap out this message, there is a troll-under-the-bridge voice in my head saying, ‘You think you’re special? everyone wants to write a book..what makes you think you can get published?’

There is a part of me that wants to listen to the troll, wants to hold down the delete button till all these bold words are gone and I am once again left with an empty text box to fill.

But you know what? If I don’t try this, I’ll never know if I can succeed at it. I refuse to be one of those people who at age 80 says, maybe I could have done that… I wish I’d tried.

Nope. I’m trying. Even if I fail.

Or succeed.


Anybody else have a book in them crying for ink and paper? If so, come write with me in November.

Pressing ‘publish’. Right. Now.


  1. I really enjoy reading your blog and think you will do well at writing a book!! Take the leap it is definately going to be worth it!!

  2. Mary, I would LOVE to read a book written by you! I always enjoy/appreciate what you have to say.
    Give us a hint about the topic….

  3. Now is my turn to be the encourager…you better write it! Besides, you received the favored title of “wordsmith” over at my blog!! How is that for some encouragement!? (BTW, I moved my blog to http://www.bordermama.wordpress.com)

  4. Writerpalooza. I love it.

    Let the bold words stand! Absolutely! You certainly will have plenty of company this month. Good luck and good working….

  5. Martina Fahrner says:

    Ok, here my 2-cents: If you were are guy, do you think you would hesitate for a second to go ahead and write the book? Sometimes we women folk have just too much modesty bread into us!
    Mary, you are special, you are great writer and if worst comes to worst publish it as a blog or ebook!
    Go for it, girl!

  6. Mary, you can TOTALLY do this. You’re a wonderful writer. I’m rooting for you!

  7. Very exciting!

  8. Go for it! You can do it!

  9. awesome!

  10. I’m not certain about a book, but I have been delving into a lot of poetry writing lately, although I may be a ways yet from going anywhere with them. I will join in and try to write/post something everyday on my beatnik alterego blog. Hmm … accountability … hmmm … could be tough

  11. You go girl!!

  12. You know, funny you should say this now…I very recently had the idea that I would write a book (hopefully to be published) on a sibling’s prespective on Ethiopian adoption. I’m right now writing down my thoughts and feelings in a journal as we move forward in the process to be organized later. English is not only my favorite sublject but writing is one of my favorite things to do (maybe you can tell by my blog) and I aspire to be an English teacher and author someday. Hopefully both of our unique stories will be published in the (near) future!

    Good luck!

    Good luck!

  13. Oops! I didn’t mean to write “good luck” twice. Hopefully you don’t need THAT much luck!

  14. I would definately be in line to buy it. I love your blog, your writing is awesome. Of course you have wonderful content to work with.

  15. You will be great, Mary. Sign me up for one of the first copies!

  16. I think you have what it takes. Go for it!


  17. How exciting!

  18. Good for you! Dreams don’t become reality unless we step out on the limb and try:)

  19. I would read your book, Mary. You have a wonderful way with words here at your blog. Your unphotgraphables always bring me to tears.

  20. Well, I’m impressed as all-get-out at all you accomplish with the kids, the canning, the multiple blogs. If a multi-tasker like you can’t get it done, who can? Honestly, I hope this project this month comes together for you.

  21. I knew it! I had a feeling when I saw that list of books you were wanting to read… 😉 I say go for it. My advice, as one who has supported herself as a freelance writer and who also has several friends with published books, is to NOT get discouraged easily. It can be tough finding an agent, much less a publishing contract. Don’t give up! A friend recently had his agent tell him, “It’s not enough to be talented–you need to have an unusual angle.” I imagine that you do have that! I think your voice and experience are unique and yet at the same time you speak for a segment of the population that we don’t hear from all that often. So I wish you lots of luck and I expect to hear a good report!
    BTW, having a popular blog is a great start!

  22. I’ll read it! You are a fantastic writer – I cannot wait.


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