I seem to only get things done when I know someone is counting on me. The only person I feel ok letting down is myself. That's why I started this blog: I love to write, but I lacked the discipline to sit down and do it until I knew there were people looking over my virtual shoulder.
For months now I've been thinking about a novel I want to write. In this story, a more selfish and less responsible version of me
abandons her family to walk US Route 1 from Maine to Florida. I think
she leaves a note before driving off to Maine, but that's about the
extent of her planning. I thought about the story, about how the chapters would alternate between the woman walking and her family figuring out what to do without her, about literary devices to indicate her internal monologue. One morning I walked from Milford to New Haven for research. I even wrote a few pages. And then I got busy with...I don't even know what...and put it aside.
Last night I made a public declaration that this novel is going to get written. I announced my intention to walk across Connecticut from border to border as research and inspiration for this book. I made this announcement in the form of a GoFundMe campaign: as I walk I will be raising money for two charities close to my heart, and I will be blogging my adventure to force myself to write.
The charities that will benefit are the New England Ballet's adaptive dance program for kids with special needs, and CT RollerGirls.
For the past four years, New England Ballet has included young
dancers with special needs in an adaptive production of The Nutcracker Suite, alongside members of the professional dance company. They have
given Ryan and dozens of other kids with autism, Down syndrome, and
various physical challenges the opportunity to express themselves
through movement; to learn the discipline that goes along with
rehearsing a show; and to gain the self-confidence that comes from
performing what you've practiced and getting well-deserved applause.
a kid with special needs isn't easy, and I've owed my sanity over the
past few years to roller derby. There's nothing more therapeutic than
making good friends and knocking them off their skates. The ladies at CT RollerGirls create an environment that's both inclusive and
competitive, allowing all its members to tap into their inner beasts and
be their own heroes.
Please join me on my journey!