April Inspiration

Camp NaNoWriMo begins in two days!

At this moment, there are spring tulips and daffodils blooming in my gardens, but they are not my muses this year. Actually, I have something else in mind, like decking the halls with boughs of holly...

But first things first.

I was curious about what my Native Spirit deck had to say, so I asked them what I needed to know for April. Imagine my surprise when I drew the "Storyteller" card!

If all goes well this month, I will reach my goal of 50,000 words.

But it's April and there is no snow on the ground, only green earth and pastel blossoms. So how do I get cheerfully motivated to write about an 8-year-old girl at Christmastime? I crank up the Christmas tunes and set up an inspiration altar!

Let's take a look at my merry April muses:

  • miniature Christmas tree with tiny seashells and seahorses

  • Dalmation stone puppy

  • chakra gemstone bracelet (to cover all my color energy bases)

  • assorted jingle bells and seashells

  • Seaglass Christmas collage card (featuring Elm, her Christmas wreath, the violet seaglass, and some of the book locales)

Eventually, I will add Christmasy scents and candles (and maybe a sugar cookie or two) to this wintry mix, but I think it's a pretty good start for now.

A word about Dalmation Stone

Usually, my writing altar includes orange Carnelian for creativity and blue Sodalite for communication. But Dalmation Stone is neither orange nor blue, so will it be just as effective?

I think so. In fact, Dalmation Stone helps to bring positivity, joy, and clarity of purpose, which are qualities this writer could definitely use. Another reason Dalmation Stone is perfect for my writing project is its association with children and playfulness. And do I plan on playing this month!

By the way, I call my one-inch Dalmation puppy "Lucky" after a book I had as a kid, called Lucky Puppy. (It was a spinoff of 101 Dalmations.) Isn't he the cutest?

"Lucky" will be my writing mascot during camp and I'll allow him to roam freely on my desk, as long he doesn't distract me too much from my book.

As you can see, he doesn't eat much and he is totally keyboard-broken!


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