I hit the 50,000 words mark this morning about 9 am! I am happy with the story overall. I am going to let the manuscript sit and start to revise in January. I will have to outline what I have and then move large pieces around but there is something magical now!
I will be able to take a chapter at a time to my IRL writing group as well.
There is nothing like an unexpected snow day! It started raining last night about 6 pm and then in the wee hours of the morning, it turned to snow. The wind was upwards of 27 mph too which woke me up at 2:30 a.m. The north wind can be vicious!
I had last week off for the Thanksgiving holiday so this has added to my vacation. I have already written this morning and plan to do some more. I have about 7,000 words left to reach my 50,000 for my novel. Hopefully, I will have some time to read today too.
There is something magical about a day where you cannot leave the house. I do not mind being snowed in at all. On my run yesterday (in 47-degree weather by the way) I thought about a writing prompt challenge I am considering to embark on with the blog. It is still in the idea phase but I will do some thinking about that project today as well!
I participated in a virtual write-in on Thursday evening for NaNoWriMo. My online writing group who is awesome were on a Zoom call all together. If you haven’t ever used Zoom it is a video conference call free program. It is nice to be able to see everyone. There is a chat feature and video and audio controls as well.
We logged in, chatted a few minutes, and then got to writing. We did two 15 minute sprints. It is nice to write with people that you know. It is a comfort somehow that we are not alone. It was also oddly comforting to hear the clicking of other people’s keyboards.
Encouragement from my tribe is a good thing. They help me along.
Inspiration Number 2
I read a story but Kimberly Lojewski today about a hot air balloon, a strange island, and treasure called About The Hiding Of Buried Treasure. It is so well written and fun!
Inspiration Number 3
I had my 7th-grade writers group Thursday and they were wonderful! I started with them filling out a card with the sentence stem: I WISH PEOPLE KNEW… The responses were honest and raw.
Then we wrote to my prompt of requiring 4 words to be a major part of the story. The writing was the best I have seen from them.
If you would like a link to the cards I created just click below:
Everyone carries some type of burden. Sometimes they manifest as heavy ideas and struggles that affect our moods, decisions, and actions. I have recently left a long season of heavy burden and obstacles. I have carried some of them so long that the lifting and releasing of them has caused the happy outcome renewed mental and physical energy. I will gladly take this energy, even if it is not a daily occurrence.
The burden I feel now is what my next right thing will be. I sense a large positive change is coming. My intuition is tingling. The nature of this next thing is unclear. My focus has changed slightly professionally and I feel a new opportunity is in the wings. I am staying open and not burdening myself with the same old patterns of how I react of events in the past. There is new NOW and I need to honor it.
Part of my current job is to navigate around other people’s burdens – personal and professional. I have been taking an online class to help aid me to be a more effective coach. I am reflecting and becoming more aware of how I react to others.
I am taking advantage of this period of rest before a delicious storm where I will catch lightning in a jar. I will harness this power and use it in a positive way.
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Why I started blogging:
I originally started blogging with the intent to connect with other educators that centered their main responsibilities around coaching practices. Then I realized that all the areas of my life feed the others and I talk about all aspects now – my reading life, my writing life, my fitness life, my family life, and my teaching life!
I offer writing conversation and book recommendations. I also have many random thoughts that end up as posts as well just about everyday life.
Two Pieces of Advice to New Bloggers:
I feel like a new blogger still myself but my first piece of advice is to write what moves you. What you write is unique to you and you will find your readers. Don’t try to write to something you are not passionate about – we all will be able to tell.
Branch out to find readers. I use Twitter and recommend it. Use hashtags to help you find your tribe. #bloggerstribe #bloggerssparkle #bloglove are ones I use.
My Nominees for the Blogger Recognition Award
There are so many wonderful bloggers out there that I read every day. Here are just a few of the amazing people, whose content you should check out. Thanks for being you!
I am looking forward to my favorite holiday: THANKSGIVING! I love the dinner and everything about it. I am off the whole week this year and am super excited to be at home with family.
I am participating in NANOWRIMO or National Novel Writing Month. The goal is to complete a 50,000-word manuscript by the end of the month by writing about 1700 words a day. I have been a rebel in the past by writing short stories but this time I am working with a novel concept. I wrote 1715 words yesterday. When I woke up I must admit I was not too excited about my novel idea but after I got started and changed the opening scene it flowed pretty well. As a stalling tactic, I revised 2 short stories that didn’t count towards my word count.
I am allowing myself NOT to write my novel in order. It is my process and I can do what I want!
I had played with the idea of using Scrivener, but even after watching a couple get started videos I cannot get the trial version to behave for me so Google Docs it is!
I am going to finish watching the series The Haunting of Hill House which is amazing!
Hello! Grab your cup of coffee! I am having a strong Columbian blend today.
If we were having coffee I would tell you I had a busy Saturday! I drove to Lafayette for my daughter’s gymnastics meet. I made good time and had scoped out two independent bookstores on Friday just in case I got there early. I easily found Main Street Books downtown and also walked through the Farmer’s Market.
If we were having coffee I would tell you about Second Flight Books that I also visited. This was a true gem of a bookstore with used and new books and interesting people. One girl sat and worked at a large wood table. It looked like the perfect place to spend a Saturday among the books and the random patrons that came in.
If we were having coffee I would tell you the concept of Utopias keeps coming up. I was part of a co-planning meeting earlier this week and it is part of the concepts my 8th grade teachers teach in their Springboard units. I started to think that I have not read much about utopias. Heaven, of course, is one. Thomas More actually was the first to write about them in 1516. There have been poems written about it by Wislawa Szymborska.
Have you ever thought what your utopia would be like?
If we were having coffee I would tell you about Inktober and FMF writing. I have been writing every day. Sometimes it is a short story and sometimes it is just about my reaction to the words and how to weave them together. I like the idea of finding the connections between the two words and how they are braided together. I don’t always post because they are too personal or not quite completely formed ideas.
If we were having coffee I would tell you about my critique groups. Yes, groups, because apparently, one was just not enough. I am involved in a Storyaday Slack channel. This is wonderful to talk about writing and share. I also have my mini-critique group with two ladies from the same group. Holly Lisle’s forums are amazing too. I received some really honest feedback that helped tremendously mold a story into something worth sharing!
If we were having coffee I would tell you I was reacquainted with the podcast 88 cups of tea. Such amazing authors on there: Holly Black, Emily X R Pan, Susan Dennard…and more. I also started listening to Writing Class Radio again after scrolling through the episodes.
If we were having coffee I would share I listened to the 10 Minute Writers Workshop podcast which I miss. They are not recording new episodes but the backlog are timeless.
I am so glad that we were able to chat again this week!