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My Own Alternative to National Novel Writing Month

October 20th, 2009
by Will Entrekin

JERSEY CITY, NJ-

Being that October is coming to a close and November fast approacheth, it’s that time of the year again. No, not the time to dress up like a naughty schoolgirl. Well, okay, maybe that time, too. And not taxes time, either, unless you’re on the quarterly taxes schedule, about which I’m sorry because that totally sucks for you. And while it’s the end of one year and the beginning of another according to many traditions, I’m not talking about that time, either.

No, it’s time to search the recesses of your hard drive for that one document that’s been languishing unfinished for so long, the one you promised yourself you would finish someday, when you had time. When you’re not dawdling about on Facebook and Twitter or making sure to keep up with every blog or following the exploits Kate plus eight sans Jon. You know the document I’m talking about. You think about it often: What if?

Everyone’s got one. Writers used to stick them in drawers, or trunks, and there they would remain, waiting for some attention, any attention.

So now it’s time to dust it off! It’s time to sign up on an Internet forum with lots of other people who all have Long Languished Projects, and it’s time to finally dedicate to those projects the time they so deserve.

A whole month!

That’s right: it’s National Novel Writing Month time. Are you quaking with anticipation?

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Every Now and Then I Fall Apart

September 15th, 2009
by Will Entrekin

JERSEY CITY, NJ-

My final night in Manhattan, October 2001. Autumn in New York, which should have been wonderful as fall usually is, perhaps without the beauty of quick-changing leaves but with all the excitement of holidays to come. Usually there’s a somewhat breathless anticipation to the City at that time, but I didn’t feel it that year.

I was feeling a lot of things then, but breathless anticipation wasn’t one of them. The World Trade Center had fallen six weeks before, and the City had suddenly begun to feel bigger and scarier and more intimidating than I had realized, so I planned to leave for my parents’ house in South Jersey. I had planned to take a few weeks to gather my thoughts, to reflect, and then to begin again, to find work personal training or substitute teaching (or both).

Did Lennon say life is what happens when you’re making other plans, or that plans are the surest way to make God laugh at you? I feel like he said one of the two, and I think he should have if he didn’t. Both seem like very John Lennon sort of things to say.

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When Your Heart is a House, You’re Home

August 18th, 2009
by Will Entrekin

JERSEY CITY, NJ-

I can’t decide how it feels to type those few words. Just a location. Geo-spatial coordinates related to a space I’m occupying. Heck, my phone has some radio or other Google Maps can apparently pinpoint to within 50 or so meters (not sure how I feel about that one yet, either), so it’s not as though location is a difficult thing to measure.

So. This is my first post here at TNB. Happy to be here. I actually meant to begin posting sooner, but then I read that every post on this site begins with a location . . . suddenly, I felt cogs slowing to halts. Grinding down. Or maybe spinning harder, faster, nearly out of control.

I guess that’s just one more thing I can’t be certain of yet.

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