25, 000 words per day

According to research, or legend, English-speaking women speak aloud 25,000 words per day. Men are allotted 10,000. I got about half of one man’s share. If I can’t bother to speak them aloud, why on earth did I believe I could type all of them plus an extra few thousand?

Like an idiot, I signed up for Nanowrimo. What was I thinking? We are moving. Any second I will pack up my tipi and tie on the travois and we’ll haul our butts back to Chesapeake. Seriously, 7,000 written words per day while we’re moving? I don’t even talk that much unless we have a great read aloud going. To think I could do it mid-move was preposterous. Peer pressure caused it. I blame them and refuse to shoulder any of it myself. All those women who blogged and Facebooked and emailed about this damned balls-to-the-walls writing extravaganza. I should never have given in but I did so let me be the first admit defeat. Today I wrote my allotted number of words and really? Drivel. Suckage. What a waste of time. I wish all of you, my friends, my peers, my more dedicated-to-the-word friends the best of luck.

Me? I’ll see you on the 26th when you are pale and exhausted and I will laugh at you. Then? I will get you a glass of wine and toast your success.

About Bettina Colonna Essert

Illuminated Magdalene High Priestess and facilitator of empowerment and healing circles for girls and women, including a monthly Red Tent Temple. BA in English, minor in anthropology. Waldorf homeschool mom. Reiki master, cranial sacral therapist, herbalist, menstruvist, feminist, epicurian.
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