NaNoWriMo: Once again I am attempting to write 50,000 words this month. If you keep on top of it, it's quite exciting. If you get behind, like I've done the past several times I've attempted it, it's a huge battle. It's a battle anyway, when it's week 3 and you don't have anything left to day, or you finish your story early and keep inventing more details.
Farms: Recently I've noticed that I'm fascinated by farms - what they grow, what it's like to plant, till, and harvest. Are there other seasons? I hardly know anything about farming. I don't know what crops look like when they are growing. I have to see the red tomatoes to know whether or not it's a tomato plant. I love the way farms look with their long rows of growing stuff, and with leaves or grass lying in piles from being cut. When I see haystacks from the highway I want to go over and climb all over them, even though I'm allergic.
Recently I stopped by a farm to take pictures after a storm, and I left my car lights blinking, so my car died. I got an extra 45 minutes to walk around and explore while I waited for a jump. I saw my first cotton field ever in person - this is the stuff from elementary school stories. I wrote a lot of papers on Harriet Tubman, and 20 years later find that there's cotton growing only 30 minutes away.
Shuffle: Now I know I am years late to this phenomenon, but just this week I've discovered how fun playing music on shuffle is. Growing up I was very faithful to listening albums by order, and even though I've been given and enjoyed song mixes, I've never been fond of letting iTunes decide what I should listen to next. Does the Frankenstein soundtrack really mix with Arcade Fire? Yes it does! My music, at least the limited selection on my phone, all sounds more interesting since I turned on shuffle by accident.