Everyone's a winner - well, a lot of people - all those that write a 50,000-word novel in November - National Novel Writing Month:
Signed on with fellow travelers, including Gayle (TheIt) and the William Blake Tarot. The latter will provide a card and an emphasis of the day.
The 3-days-to-go card is: Generation, the Ace of Painting, whose keyword is "Origination of Ideas and Projects".
Registered with the Kiwis, to whom dawn comes almost as soon as it crosses the International Day Line, so I can start early and often.
Hours written: while the hours of physical writing are listed, the longer that this month of writing retreat progresses, the more one is drawn into one's story and spends many hours thinking about it, in addition to the writing. This is a very calming drug that has probably helped many novelists.
The form is the haibun: prose interleaved with haiku and other poems. Again we adopt the Haiku Bonus: each poem (haiku) is like a picture and gets a word bonus to top its word count up to 1000 ... because a picture is worth a thousand words...
[adapted from The William Blake Tarot]
|1||2||2.4k||Child of Music.||Sharing visions and dreams via creative expression.|
|2||1||3.7k||Woman of Painting.||Ritual purification; patience; stubbornness; self-worth.|
|3||2||5k||Angel of Music.||Insight; forgiveness; opportunism; duplicity.|
|4||2||6.8k||4 of Poetry.||Harmony|
|5 (Mon.)||2.5||9K||Man of Music.||Wisdom; creative mastery; self-delusion; lives in fantasy; needs an audience.|
|6||1||10K||10 of Science.||Defeat; addiction; ruin. [It seems that Blake was not a fan of science.]|
|7||1||11.2K||10 of Music.||Dance; collaboration; team work; wholeness.|
|8||1.5||12.5K||I : Magic
Tradition has Magician.
|Ability to concentrate; will power; time and timing; duality.|
|9||3||15.5K||Angel of Science.||Unemotional and unbiased thinking. Scientific idealism. Intellectual self-absorption.|
|10||3||17.5K||5 of Painting: Hardship.||Hardship. Material problems. Anxiety. Illness. Stripping down to basics. Voluntary simplicity.|
|11||1||18.5K||VII : Experience
Tradition has Chariot.
|Culmination of the material quest. Ego concerns. Spiritual defeat. Ambiguity.|
|12 (Mon.)||2||20K||4 of Science: Repose.||Repose. Shut in the deep.
Truce. Forced withdrawal.
Highlight: Theo Ivory Coast chocolate received from Chloé Deux to help struggles with NaNoWriMo 2007.
|13||2||21.6K||XIII : Transformation
Tradition has Death.
|Change of consciousness. Intense experience. Elimination. Letting go. Surrender.|
|14||1.2||22.8K||8 of Poetry: Swiftness.||Time warps and timely coincidences; infatuation and falling in love; fast thinking and communication; finding a new sense of values.|
|15||2||23K||3 of Poetry: Creativity.||Creative blessing and success; synthesis of ideas; revelation of truth; spiritual idealism or understanding.|
|16||2.2||25K||Ace of Poetry: Inspiration.||Burst of intuition; sense of inner guidance; sexuality as metaphor for imagination.|
Traditional card here is Judgement
(which Blake sees as "human liberation"
rather than "Last Judgement").
|A calling; awakening to freedom; rebirth; rite of passage; being judged.|
|18||3||30.2K||5 of Music: Melancholy.||Sorrows and regrets; awareness of mortality; sensitivity to psychic influences; deep emotional conflict; disappointment in love; spiritual maturity; need to transcend and move on.|
|19 (Mon.)||2||32.2K||XIX: Sun.||Enlightenment; delight; liberation from old forms; return to the source.|
|20||2.2||34.2K||Woman of Poetry.||Feminine intuition; expression of sexuality; channeling of prophetic truth.|
Tradition has the Hermit.
|Introspection; inner conviction; facing the unknown.|
|22||1.5||36.4K||2 of Painting: Balance.||Use of practical wisdom; negotiation; choices; balance between idea and form, potential and loss, impulse and action; stretch to go on.|
|23||2.7||38K||10 of Poetry: Prophecy.||Speaks eternal truths; humility in the face of infinity; channeling; bowing to the will of the universe; acceptance of your lot.|
|24||2.7||39.6K||7 of Science: Lamentation.||Disappointment; defeatist thoughts; running away from problems; unstable efforts; gathering ideas and experiences; shaping and preparing; resisting negative pressure.|
|25||1.0||39.9K||6 of Poetry: Cooperation.||Gift from above; teamwork between mind and spirit; advancement toward a goal; new sense of purpose; success through cooperation.|
|26 (Mon.)||1.5||41.2K||Child of Poetry.||Faith in divine inspiration; receptivity to ideas; influx of creative energy; attraction to the unusual.|
Tradition has the High Priestess.
The image on Blake's card is the triple goddess (maiden, mother, crone) Hecate.
|Ability to concentrate; will power; magical and occult powers; time and timing; aggressive imagination.|
|28||2||44.7K||Woman of Music.
Although these cards are picked entirely by chance from those that remain,
this image on Blake's card is the goddess Helice, the maiden (virgin) form of Hecate,
seen in triple form on yesterday's card.
(The Grecian Mount Helicon, home of the Muses, was named after Helice.)
|Emotional depth; flowering psychic skills; inspiration to others; multiple affinities and talents.|
Tradition has the Lovers.
|Self-knowledge; self-integration; taking responsibility; moral freedom; carnal knowledge; marriage|
|30||5||50K-plus||Ace of Painting.
Hmm -- again!
And I am hence from here, ha-ha-ha-ha-ha!
|As part of warm-up for
The William Blake Tarot
by Ed Buryn
based on the work of William Blake.
Particularly during November 2007 (the actual NaNoWriMo month) and December 2007 (the revision or NaNoRiMo month):
Public and private prayer.
Afternoon: Speeches and recitals. Sightseeing tours! Reunions!
Procession into the hippodrome (horse racetrack with lap length of 1.2 km (0.75 mile)).
Afternoon: The pentathlon (discus, javelin, jumping, running, wrestling (served as a tie-breaker if there were no outright winner of the first four events).
Evening: Parade of winners. Singing of victory hymns. Feasts and revels.
Great procession to the temple of Zeus.
Official sacrifice to Zeus of 100 oxen.
Afternoon: Foot races (each to end toward the west and the sacred Altis) included:
Evening: Public banquet (including meat from the official sacrifice).
The pankration (all strength): combined boxing and
wrestling; allowed anything except gouging and biting.
Afternoon: Foot race in armour: hopliodromos.
Procession of Victors.
Presentation of victory wreaths to the winners; only the first person won; no second or third awards.
Afternoon and Evening: Celebrations and banquets.
Other important Games:
Books on Buddhism.
Poetry - Learn How to Write Your Own.
Forests of California and Trees of the World.
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