On October nights, I try
to sleep, but find lists
scrolling behind my eyes:
lasagna, chili, pizza, pork roast,
pre-dated blog posts, “keeps” notes,
character bible, bookmarks,
chapter plan, check, check, check
— my lids roll open — I peer
at the stalled clock, counting
on my fingers the days
until November 1.
I wrote this on October 26, inspired by Pensitivity’s three things challenge. I visualize myself as well-prepared and already reaching 25,000 words in my time-travel novel and third NaNoWriMo. Will it have happened? Only time can tell.