I lied.

Not intentionally. I just changed my mind.

A couple of weeks ago, I told you about my plan to write Mia’s memoirs as a part of NaNoWriMo. My grandmother and I worked on them for years, and she died before I was able to finish interviewing her. But I have stories and interviews and other family members, and I’m determined to finish them.

For those of you familiar with National Novel Writing Month, you know this breaks some of the rules.

1. The work is supposed to be fiction.
2. The work is supposed to be new, not a project you’ve started prior.

But I was gonna go for it anyway, because I thought the deadlines would help me.

But the more I think about it, the more I think this project needs something more than a month of furiously writing, trying to squeeze out the word counts just to finish. I love Nano, I’ve done it twice now, but I’m thinking the rules are there for a reason and it doesn’t necessarily make sense to try to bend them.

So, I have a different idea for Mia’s memoirs. And I’ll create a new deadline. One that makes more sense. I will be finished with the book by her birthday, which is August 17. That gives me almost a year. I am going to need that time, because I’ve got bigger plans. And I will keep you posted every step of the way.

So, keep me honest next time, will you please?