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NaNoWriMo Agenda

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What is something you've done to prepare for NaNoWriMo this year?

Did you  gather frozen food, stuff chocolate in desk drawers, warn the people in your life, or make sure your laundry is done?

My big thing is getting ready to focus. I've only won once before and I want to make sure I don't let things get in the way this time around. I don't have a full time job to get in the way so I have the time. My biggest problem I have right now is I somehow bleed my writing time into my every day life in the evenings. The evenings I would like to reserve for my husband. I think one of the challenges of NaNoWriMo this time is trying to keep that from happening. November is going to be a way to exercise handling writing full time and finding time to do those other things--- laundry, exercising, cooking, and maybe reading. It sounds easy, but as any writer knows, there are distractions. And sometimes distractions are too welcome.

Over the past few months, I've started to utiliz…

RTW: Writing Challenges and NaNoWriMo

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Today is Road Trip Wednesday! What is that? It is a blog carnival where the contributors of YA Highway post a weekly topic and participants write their responses. You can jump from blog to blog to see each blogger's take on the question. 

Topic of the week:
Are you doing NaNoWriMo, or have you ever? Does having a deadline inspire you?

I've participated in NaNoWriMo several times since 2005. I completed my 50,000 words once during the month, and that project will never see the light of day. And that's okay.  My first NaNoWriMo was the year I graduated from college. No more papers, assigned reading, or limited views. For five months, I worked on my wedding planning while writing a novel and reading whatever books caught my eye. When November arrived, I knew I needed to build up the word count of my novel so I did the 50,000 word challenge. I didn't reach it that year, but it is a way for me to push myself. NaNoWriMo was the first time I realized how my writing works, and ho…

Words to My 15 Year Old Self

What words would you share with your younger self?

It is International Day of the Girl, and CNN gathered quotes from various woman about advice they would give to their 15 year old self. My favorite of these was from Her Majesty Queen Rania Al Abdullah of Jordan, "People do things differently, and that's ok! Learn from those who walked the road before you, but carve your own path. So be different, explore the twists and turns on your own way." Maybe her words don't seem like the others since they seem more general and open than the others.

I've read lots of advice people would say to their younger selves, and I never wanted to do it. It was too hard reflecting on my past. My husband and I joke about giving our younger selves high fives because of how amazing our life has become. What would I have done differently if I knew what life had in store for me? Would I have worried or cared less about the things in my life? It wasn't until this weekend, when I read Th…

The Heroine's September 2012 Reads

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I didn't read a lot in September. I'm in the revision process with KIN and family came to visit us so we had a week of "staycation" mixed in there. So here are my reads! I'm hoping there will be a nice pile of additions next months. Once I'm finished with my revision, my reward is taking a few days to catch up on fun reading before hopping into my next project. Not sure if it will involve getting ready for NaNoWriMo or jumping into another project revision.

September Reads! 
The Diviners by Libba Bray
One of the reasons I didn't read that many books is the thickness of this book! And it isn't a bad thing. You know how you don't want a book to end? This is one of them since it filled with so many details of a different time mixed creepiness and a mystery. I couldn't have asked for a better fall book and totally recommend it as a read for October. I was able to snag an ARC at ALA from the author and took a look at the hardcover at a convention and…

RTW: Seasonal Writing

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Today is Road Trip Wednesday! What is that? It is a blog carnival where the contributors of YA Highway post a weekly topic and participants write their responses. You can jump from blog to blog to see each blogger's take on the question. 

Topic of the week:
How does your writing (place, time, inspiration) change with the seasons?

I lived in North Dakota for the first thirty years of my life and the seasons there are quite entertaining. They say if you don't like the weather, wait five minutes. The temperature are quite extreme going as far as 40 below zero in the winter and up to 100 degrees in the summer. Blizzards in the winter, floods in the spring, tornadoes in the summer and fall. It isn't all weather (the number one conversation piece in the region). There is also the fluffy pieces of snow on winter days, the smell of fall during the turning of leaves, rainbows after a spring rain, and summer days by the lake. Those are the things that inspire my writing when I need det…