The Happiest Woman in Costa Rica

The happiest woman in Costa Rica got depressed this week. She hasn’t won any happiness contests that I know of, so her title is informal. What makes her think she’s the happiest woman in Costa Rica? I don’t know, but I believe her. I’m fairly happy, but I’ve done a bit of moping and griping lately.

My friend and neighbor, Mary, the happiest woman, succumbed to the horrible-weather blues. Here in Costa Rica, we had Hurricane Thomas on the east, a low-pressure system on the west, and rain all over the country. Not just rain, but landslides that killed people, bridges that collapsed and roads that were flooded or covered with rocks and or mud. We had rain in the morning, all during the day, and all night, too. I began looking at the mountain out back, and wondering what a landslide might sound like, but I wasn’t depressed.

Why not? NaNoWriMo. Every day this week, I’ve written at least 1,700 words, and today, I broke the 10,000-word-barrier! I’m among the 156,000 or so people writing novels this month. As of today, 614,902,356 words have been written, and posted on the site worldwide. Being a part of NaNoWriMo almost makes up for not attending Jon Stewart’s “Rally to Restore Sanity.”

For years, as an English teacher, I assured students who thought they couldn’t write anything longer than a page to use dialogue, including internal dialogue; to describe setting and characters; to block (show characters doing things); to show instead of telling; and to have a story to tell- a story that had a beginning, middle and end. Now I’m following my own fabulous advice, and it’s working. I’m going to tell a story a day, and hope that after 30 days, they all make sense, and fit together into a novel. Hey, if they don’t, who cares? I’ll have written 50,000 words in 30 days, and told a lot of stories.

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About Myra

I'm retired in Costa Rica, having lived in Philly, State College, Salem Mass, and Kawagoe Japan. You might call me a career gypsy, but my last and best job was teaching English to some of the best and brightest kids in Philly. I'm new to blogging and websites, and will probably make all the mistakes there are, but now I'm sharing my writing. I moved to Costa Rica in June of 2009 with my husband Jack, my dog Buddha, and Jack's two cats, Hobbes and Noir.
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6 Responses to The Happiest Woman in Costa Rica

  1. John Carson says:

    Myra, you wrote “I’m new to blogging and websites, and will probably make all the mistakes there are. . . ” Looking forward to all hits and misses. jc.

  2. Diana Ashby says:

    Now wait a minute…Mary has been “The happiest woman in Costa Rica” since the start of time……and now she’s “The Happiest Woman”…period? And you are the “Happiest Woman in Costa Rica” just like that???? Wow…I’ve been working on that title and never thought to just “take it”. So here’ my new name “The Diva of Desamparaditos”. I have less competition that way!! All my friends in the states know Mary as the “Happiest Woman in Costa Rica” as she signs all her wonderful emails that way. I’ll need to let them know 🙂 Mary has lost her title and we will begin searching for an appropriate new name for her. Queen????
    Let the search begin

    • Myra says:

      Hi Diva of Desamparaditos,

      Thanks for commenting. I take it you know Mary? What makes you think she’s lost her title?
      Now that it’s stopped raining, she’s her perky self once more.

  3. Myra says:

    You’re not famous yet, but you’ll be famous. LOL

  4. happiest woman in costa rica says:

    am i famous now?

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