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NaNoWriMo Kick-off Party in the Park

How could we not be inspired when the world is going golden around us?
How could we not be inspired when the world is going golden around us?

This was the first kick-off party I’ve been to (though I’ve done a number of write-ins). It was a gorgeous autumn afternoon at Hermann Park. I enjoyed meetings some of my fellow wrimos. (Seems like I meet a different bunch each year.) Parking was a problem, which was a real shame because Fannin Pavillion in Hermann Park was otherwise a great place for the party!

We played writing games, did a raffle for some writing books, talked about our NaNo novels past and present, and snacked from our goodie bags. A foretaste of what is to come. NaNoWriMo’s actual kick-off on November 1st is traditionally fueled by caffeine and leftover Halloween candy. 😉

And the tree is appropriate too, for we will walk away from our keyboards, thinking, and golden inspiration will drop like leaves or as Walt Whitman put it:

Why are there trees I never walk under but large and melodious thoughts descend upon me?
(I think they hang there winter and summer on those trees and always drop fruit as I pass;)  
—Walt Whitman, “Song of the Open Road”


Ainy Rainwater has been writing and publishing short stories, essays, and novels in various genres for about 30 years. She lives in the greater Houston area with her husband and rescue dogs. She enjoys reading, writing, playing guitar and percussion, gardening, knitting, tea, baking and other kitchen improvisations, daydreaming, and wasting time online. Her novels are available from Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Apple, Kobo, Smashwords, and other bookstores. She is presently working on a chick lit fantasy series as well as a number of side projects, including a sequel to If Wishes Were Spaceships, a science fiction novel published in March 2016. Her most recent fiction and works in progress are regularly posted to her subscribers on Patreon. She is also known for the digital pop which she makes under the name Gymshoes. "Everest Sunrise" was featured in the documentary What It Takes. After hurricanes Katrina and Rita she released an EP of songs, A Tropical Depression, the profits of which go to benefit the American Red Cross. Gymshoes albums are available from iTunes, Amazon, and other online stores. For more about Gymshoes music, please see, which has liner notes, links to social media, streaming music, and much more. You can find the author on Facebook, Instagram, Goodreads, and Twitter. She occasionally contributes to the group food blog, The Usual Suspects: and posts short miscellaneous things on The Mighty Microblog: A Truant Disposition, is Ainy Rainwater's official author site.

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