Away with the Fairies, or What Happens in November
The British have an expression, “away with the fairies,”
which according to the Oxford Dictionary means “giving the
impression of being mad, distracted, or in a dream world.” Which pretty much
describes me on a typical November day as I’m pecking away at the keyboard
writing 50,000 words for NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month).
Now, this isn’t a bad thing. My madness
is typically expressed in a tendency to giggle at my own jokes—and not my main
symptom. “In a dream world” is more of the definition I fall into as I live and
breathe my characters’ lives intensely for hours each day, laughing and crying
with them as they struggle, grow, suffer, or fall in love. The experience is
surreal and satisfying. If you’re a non-writer, imagine having a movie playing
in your mind all day long—and playing all the roles. Weird and wonderful stuff.
And when I come back from being “with
the fairies,” I feel changed. If you eat fairy food, they say, you will crave
it ever after—and if you write a book from your heart and not just your head,
you will remain attached in some way to the world and people you’ve created.
They stay with you, and you’ll miss them sometimes.
So, dear friends, if you ever meet me in
November, please excuse my glazed look, messy ponytail, and unaccounted for
mischievous grin. I’m off with the fairies—and they’re my kind of folk.
Rest assured, I always come back in
December—totally unprepared for Christmas!