How’s your Nanowrimo going? If you need to pound out some words — and you’re in San Francisco — come join me tonight at the Borderlands Cafe for a couple of hours of writing.
If you can’t be come to the Borderlands Cafe in person, please join us virtually. Comment below or ping me on Facebook or Twitter and let me know you are writing. I’ll be with you in spirit.
The Borderlands Cafe is at 870 Valencia Street in San Francisco’s Mission District. It’s between 19th and 20th Street. I’ll be at the tables in the back from 6 to 8 pm.
And my Nanowrimo? Well, I’ve gotten 23,000 words that I didn’t have before. I don’t think there’s any way that I can “win” this year, considering I’d have to write more in the next week than I’ve managed in the last three, but it doesn’t matter. I’m that much closer to the end of this book, which keeps growing as I get deeper into it.
I’ve been working on the Pioneer Cemeteries of the San Francisco Bay Area book again. It’s a nonfiction guide to graveyards from Cloverdale in Sonoma County to Gilroy in Santa Clara. It visits the graves of Donner Party survivors, the first transman to vote in a presidential election (for Lincoln, of course), a mountain man who survived a grizzly bear gnawing on his skull, the only Emperor of the United States, and winemakers, highwaymen, suffragettes, murder victims, ranchers, priests, paupers, and more. It spans in history from the Ohlone, Miwok, Wappo, and Kashaya villages through the Spanish missions, the Mexican land grants, the Bear Flag Revolt, the Gold Rush, and on up to the dawn of the 20th century.
The book is 71,000 words so far (which includes this year’s Nanowrimo addition). I expect it will be closer to 90,000 by the time I’m done.
Come tell me about your book tonight — and let’s get some work done!