NaNoWriMo Day 13: What’s with the Ducks, You Ask?

In the Before Times, rubber ducks were the mascot for Seattle area NaNoWriMo participants. (In case you haven’t heard it rains here a lot, but we like it.) We’d place one in our writing space during NaNoWriMo to identify each other. It was a cool way for participants to meet and commiserate. I carried one on my keychain for years.

For NaNoWriMo 2020, I meet virtually with another writer, sometimes more than one. We chat about our projects. Then we write our stories separately together. It’s something I started up during the summer as inspiration to keep writing.

I ended up hovering around the target number again today, but again didn’t hit the mark.
This weekend, I’m going away for a few days to a house on a beach with a few friends (Don’t worry. We’ve all been tested). I heard that the power is out there thanks to a storm today. Hopefully it will be back on or I’ll be doing NaNoWriMo with pen and paper.

I won’t be doing an update this weekend, but I expect with no family distractions, I’ll be getting a pretty high word count.

Hope you all did well today. Happy Writing!

©TJ Deschamps

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Published by TJ Deschamps

Tammy loves to build worlds with words, exploring themes the effect of diaspora on the generations born elsewhere than their ancestors with the backdrop of tech or magic and dragons (sometimes both). These stories are inspired by her own family's immigrant experience. She's queer and many of her characters fall somewhere on the LGBTQIA spectrum (though that is not the focus of her work). She's married to an engineer who dances. Together they are raising three precocious teens in the Seattle suburbs. Two of her children are neurodiverse. Her experiences have taught her much about the world, its beauties and its injustices. All of this comes through in her fiction with a healthy dose of absurd humor.

6 thoughts on “NaNoWriMo Day 13: What’s with the Ducks, You Ask?

  1. Great to know the backstory of the ducks! Housing a beach sounds pleasant. I find it nice to write in an environment surrounded by nature. I once went to this mountain-top cafe with fog rolling in above the trees down below. I had some ginger milk tea, fried bananas, and tofu while writing — it was nice! (Those things are the local treats here.)

    Hope the power does turn back on. But as long your fingers aren’t awfully stiff (unlike mine), writing with pen and paper isn’t too bad. I like how it stops me from editing backwards, and it’s also a nice break from the screen. Don’t forget to keep your hand relaxed and try write with your shoulder fluidly instead, should you write by hand, so you won’t tense up.

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