Beetles. Who really notices them until the Michigan fall – Midwestern October – when they collect on our screens, on our doors, and on our homes – in scores. It is a gathering of species; a regional summit. Ladybugs, Stinkbugs, Tiger Beetles, Boxelders – even the green Mantis reveals itself on occasion. And the one lucky,cool drunk flyer catches a break at an opening door and flies inside. Or maybe it’s found a secret opening, not visible to my eyes. It’s sudden presence is startling and leaves me for a moment naked. I must consider the beetle whether I like it or not. Will it live or die? I slide open the screen and force it back to its side of the boundary – outside. Live. And as he flies I see the rest of them. Gathered and waiting, for a cool drunk wind to drift and try again.
If you’ve been thinking about reinvigorating your blogging or are finally ready to stop procrastinating on that book you’ve always wanted to write, these two great events (and communities) can give you the jolt of motivation you need.
NaMo what now?
NaNoWriMo and NaBloPoMo are short for “National Novel Writing Month” and “National Blog Posting Month,” respectively. In the first, writers commit to writing a 50,000-word novel between November 1 and November 30; in the second, to posting every single day in November.
310,095 participants started the month of November as auto mechanics, out-of-work actors, and middle school English teachers. They walked away novelists.
Although the two events are separate, they share a history: NaBloPoMo started in response to NaNoWriMo, when a group of bloggers who lacked the time or inclination to write…
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Artwork by Kathy Keatley Garvey
By Michele Habel-Coffey
There are so many beetles…
Where do they come from
So hard and fast
Shells and wings
Made for coasting
And with doors
And on occasion
One gets through the screens
And I see there are so many beetles…