Will You WriMo?

Well, November is here!!!!!

Do you hear the mad rush of fingers tap-tap-tapping on keyboards across the country?

Do you feel the flow of creativity spinning around your neighborhood?

Do you see groups of people around libraries, coffee shops, and cafes huddled around laptops, brainstorming and supporting one another?

Do you WriMo?

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Last year, I began on a whim…November 1, 2102…with no ideas other than a blank word doc, a new computer keyboard, and a desire. I’m happy to say that through the support and prayers of my family, friends, and fellow writers, I completed my 50,000 word goal (and have been editing off and on since!)!!!!! The experience was exhilarating! I would do it again in a heartbeat…just maybe not this year. I think that this year, I will sit on the sidelines and support YOU. Yes, you. I’m talking to you. So, stop reading and get to it, NaNoWriMo friends. You have keyboards to wear out, chocolate to consume, and stories to tell!!!! GO!!!!!

Your readers will thank you for it.

And maybe…yes, maybe…I just might join you, after all! 🙂

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Help a Girl Out…

As I’ve been working on spending more quality time in real (face-to-face) communication, conversation, and support of those I love, I have had a few thoughts.  Maybe because I have been thinking of the many awesome women in my life, and maybe because we just celebrated the connections of mothers earlier this month, and maybe because two of my good friends just gave birth to beautiful baby girls…and maybe just cuz I was vacuuming yesterday (and I ponder through the white noise of the little sucking machine that makes my cute rugs look polished)…but I’ve been thinking of how we need to let go of the catty comparisons and the vengeful feelings we have for other women and help each other walk a little taller.

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Could we do that?

I know I’m guilty of judging others and comparing my own weaknesses to others’ strengths.  I look at other women and wonder, “why can’t I (have/look like/be more)_________________ like so-and-so?”  When I give in to such comparisons, I not only degrade myself but I create contention between myself and another woman.  (And, honestly, she may be saying the same thing about me.)  When we live in Judgementland or Comparisonville, we are never at rest or at peace. 😦

Can’t we just enjoy the good in others…and the good in ourselves…and help support other women in our lives?


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In an interaction with a friend recently, she mentioned that she began saying to the little people in her home, “I love everything about you!”  She said that her little people really responded to those words.  Through her example, I wanted to try it.  Of course, I thought to do it on one of the most disruptive mornings lately…and I was feeling frustrated and felt more like saying to my little people, “I see lots of things you need to work on and change.”  Still, I persisted, trying to find a moment to share this with at least one of them….  I do love everything about them–their idiosyncracies along with their personalities and happiness and even the troubles that come as they learn and grow into who they need to be.

I found a moment with my daughter when we were alone in a room, and I leaned toward her ear and softly spoke, “I love everything about you.”


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She seemed dumbstruck.

So, I said it again.  “I love everything about you.”

She looked at me incredulously.  I affirmed my statement while wondering when the last time (if ever) she would’ve felt that she was completely, incomprehensibly, and absolutely loved.  I have decided to share this idea with her more, along with my other children…and even the other women in my life, as many of them struggle (as I do) with feeling worthy, accepted, and loved.

Are you in this boat with us?  And can we work together to stay afloat and reach the shore and live in the cities of Love and Acceptance together…the way we are now.


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The Product of NaNoWriMo 2012

As promised, I am recording for posterity (and my lovely blog readers) the lessons I have learned over the past weeks since I made a spontaneous decision to enter NaNoWriMo 2012.  (I was serious blogging about whether or not to do it…having done no outlining or anything…and just did it on a whim thanks to the encouragement of a few lovely voices!…& I thank you sincerely Marissa and Darcy!)  Here we go, in no particular order…:

  • Prayer works.  (Not that I didn’t know this prior to Nov. 1, 2012; it was just reaffirmed to me….)
  • Productivity produces energy.
  • Support from those you love is vital for success!
  • Goals can be accomplished…(and a lot more, too!).
  • I CAN WRITE!!!!!
  • Being purely creative is energizing.
  • My family, friends (& I) love me!
  • Even with road blocks (scheduling, sickness, holidays, etc.)~keep moving forward….! (See Meet the Robinsons for more info on this topic.)
  • God is aware of me and loves me!
  • I HAVE A VOICE (and an important one, at that)!
  • I can cultivate creativity…and a writing mood.
  • Breaks are important.  (I took every Sunday off…and a few other Thursdays sprinkled in the month, as well.)
  • When all else fails, have a dance party with the kiddos (…or with friends…or by yourself…)!
  • Have munchies around always.  (I had a Swiss Cake Roll emergency…luckily for me, I did have some left-over Double Stuf Oreos which satisfied the chocolate/creamy craving.)  🙂
  • Buy back your kids’ Halloween candy and use it for NaNoWriMo snacks…and to last until NaNoWriMo is over and you start making Christmas candy.
  • Spotify created great mood music when I needed it…and was a great resource for the karaoke scene I wrote.
  • You can always edit later.

In the past few days, I have listened to some of the songs on Alicia Keys’ new album–and the chorus and several lines of this song resonate with me.  I do feel like a “Brand New Me.”

The only time I recently felt this kind of growth and accomplishment is when I worked and trained for (& completed) a half-marathon with a dear friend of mine…something about measurable success.  Hopefully, though, I will write more novels than the number of races I’ve run…! 🙂

Hugs!

I knew I should’ve written it down….

So, this morning, I had a fantastic thought on which to expound today, and then tie it all in with the Single of the Week…but, of course, I’ve lived a thousand lives and even more thoughts since 7:12 this morning…and, alas, I have forgotten the thought about which I was going to blog…!  🙂 C’est la vie!

Still, the Single of the Week (FREE on iTunes starting today) starts really mellow, and the vocal is smooth and soothing…almost hypnotizing.  Personally, I try to stay away from music that is so powerful I feel almost intoxicated…like I am losing control of my senses..because I don’t like for music to play with me that way.  I enjoy music that is uplifting and inspiring, but I know that I have to be careful with what I put into my ears and ultimately into my brain (see post I and post II regarding the power of the mind to recall through sensory stimulation)…so, though I like the sound and the cost is agreeable (did I mention it’s free?), The Weeknd’s song “Twenty Eight” will probably not become part of my music library.

And, just to update, I’m back on the bandwagon for NaNoWriMo.  I was falling short, and the words weren’t flowing, and I had expressed some frustrations in the form of a rant while stirring ground turkey into taco meat over my gas stove last night.  After our evening of dinner, discussion, calendaring, ice cream cones, and a Spotify dance party with our kiddos, I was creating a playlist of Christmas music through my Spotify account (wasting time?…maybe…well, yes, actually).  I was contemplating letting my novel lie in the recesses of my hard drive when my husband stood behind me, observed my mouse moving songs from list to playlist on the desktop, and asked, “So, are you going to write tonight?”

His words rang in my ears as support, love, and desire for me to fulfill a goal I set for myself (and, though I do my share of complaining, I really am grateful for who he is).  I opened my novel, slid down through the sixty-something pages, and began again.

I am grateful for beginning again….

NaNoWriMo Update

I was hesitant to start reading a new book this month.  I have been writing for NaNoWriMo for almost a week now (today will be my sixth day of writing since I didn’t–and don’t plan to–write on Sunday).  So, amid bursts of words and the patience of my dear family, I have so far (and I haven’t written today yet) 14,096 words (which, double-spaced, equals about 51 pages).  I have always wondered if I had the time, determination, and wherewithal to accomplish such a daunting task, but I guess I know the answer now.  I have been amazed at the positivity I feel about myself and the new energy with which I am able to perform my otherwise perfunctory responsibilities.  I feel the support of my children and husband.  I feel excited to share my news with friends and family and those on Twitter and Facebook.  And, I have an empty sink (since my daughters and I caught up on dishes last night) along with a full heart.  Life is good.

This morning, though, I was feeling a little deflated…so I picked up a book I had requested from our local library.  I hesitated to open it (because I read slowly and just finished a rather lengthy reading endeavor last week) but I found it a delightfully quick read and a nice way to fill my head with a fun, quirky story as a distraction from the craziness I was experiencing.  I do love to read–but the book has to be worth the work my brain has to go through to read it.  I think I’ve found another one I actually want to keep reading.  🙂  See? Life really is good!

So, I leave you on this Wednesday to pick of where I left off, feeling blessed, happy, and grateful once again.  Grateful that I have a voice.  And though, at times, I find it falling on deaf ears, not making the difference I would like it to, I should continue to speak and write and blog simply because I have a message to share and a story to tell…and I’m finally finding the courage to tell it.