Another Weekend, Another Novel…A Picture Perfect MNM2012

So, about the last week and a half. It started out like this:

Franny Frannerton of the Frannington Frannies.

A week in the lake with our girl. She swam beside us to make sure we survived our swim. She’s extremely good at splashing cold water on you when you’re trying to acclimatize to the frigid waters of Lake of Bays too.

There was a lot of this:

♪ ♫ “Ooh, heaven is a place on earth.” ♪ ♫

Everybody should just spend a week in a Muskoka chair sometime in their life. I think the answers to some of the universe’s biggest mysteries could probably be worked out in a Muskoka chair. Don’t look at me for those answers, though. I’m always too busy just sitting when I’m there.

So, there was that. Battery recharging, if you like. Though a couple of those canoe trips with my son had me thinking I may just drop dead one day really soon.

Next, the weekend.

There’s this groovy little club that meets once a year in downtown Huntsville, Ontario:

Sadly, not Studio 54. Oddly, gold lamé was still in abundance.

Studio 54’s nextdoor neighbour. So, this is the secret passageway at the back of the wardrobe. Or, if you like, a side door to the rabbit hole. Once you’re inside…you can check out, but you can never leave.

Before you enter Club 55, though, feel free to play the nearby piano:

Whenever I see a piano sitting in the street, I picture a scene from The Kids From Fame. Oddly, that moment did not transpire on the MNM weekend. )-:

At every Muskoka Novel Marathon, there are great Out of the Blue moments. Like, for instance, Saturday night. Somebody had the idea to run out into the street and have a spontaneous Tai Chi break. Well, it was a fantastic idea, but because we were all tired…it was slightly miscommunicated. We ended up having a Tie Tree break, instead. Confusing…but very pretty.

But seriously…we actually had nothing to do with the Tie Tree. Turns out Huntsville was rocking it with the Nuit Blanche North art installations Saturday night. (:

And I’m not sure we could ever have a 72-hour novel writing marathon without stilt walkers and fire jugglers again. They really are inspirational story prompts.

The benefit to the writers who participate in the MNM

The Muskoka Novel Marathon: 37 Writers x 72 Hours = 821,500 Words.

The benefit to the YMCA literacy program for those fighting the good fight against illiteracy

The Muskoka Novel Marathon: 37 Writers x Generous Donations from Family & Friends = $14,572.00

This fundraiser is such a win/win for everybody. Any writer can understand the gift it would be to earmark an entire weekend to writing. That there is actually an opportunity to also be a part of the WRITERS HELPING READERS fundraiser…that’s the icing on the cake. Where would writers be without readers. Who understands the amazing gift that the ability to read can be to a person more than a writer does? We live in a world of words. They are our passion. Knowing that the marathon brings the gift of reading to others–it’s the most powerful awe-inspiring thing about the entire weekend.

We Did It!

My own stats for the weekend: 70 hours. 191 pages. 40,487 words

By Kevin Craig

Author, Poet, Playwright. Author of The Camino Club, Billions of Beautiful Hearts, and Book of Dreams, all from Duet Books, the LGBTQ Young Adult imprint of Chicago Review Press. Other books: Pride Must Be A Place, Half Dead & Fully Broken, Burn Baby Burn Baby, The Reasons, Sebastian's Poet, and Summer on Fire.

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