I Am Determined!

Today, I am determined to make my 50K word deadline for NaNoWriMo 2013. I am close…after several days of busyness and craziness and non-writing-ness, today I am determined….

So, why am I still here? Well, I could be stalling…or maybe I’m still here because I just love all of you so much!!!! (I’ll leave that question up to your own answering.) 🙂

Sending love and light and happiness to ALL of you, in whatever state or sphere you may find yourself this lovely Tuesday! Think happy thoughts, and I’ll check back in soon. Until then, I’m snacking on my bowl of these:

and happily writing…and writing…and writing…(and counting down until my post-10am-sugar-rule).

What will you summon your determination to accomplish today?  Let me know!  I love to hear from you!!!!

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Here is my word count by day.

Fri, 11/1 – 3,443
Mon, 11/4 – 7,359 (+3,916)
Tues, 11/5 – 10,228 (+2,929)
Wed, 11/6 – 14,006 (+3,718)
Thurs, 11/7 – 17,779 (+3,773)
Fri, 11/8 – 18,873 (+1,094)
Sat, 11/9 – 20,572 (+1,699)
Mon, 11/11 – 25,038 (+4,466)
Tues, 11/12 – 26,814 (+1,776)
Wed, 11/13 – 30,506 (+3,692)

I’m amazed that I have been blessed to write so much in one day…& I’m still taking breaks and doing some minimal research while I write. I’m trying to find a pattern or two in all this madness. Do you notice any?

Today is the half-way point in NaNoWriMo (I skipped writing yesterday), but I have yet to work much on it today. I’ll post today’s word count another time.


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FEELING GRATEFUL!!!!!

Thank YOU for all the support you have given through comments, FB posts and likes, tweeting, etc. Feeling loved, as well!!!!

🙂

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?

🙂

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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Breast Cancer Awareness

I posted this piece originally here. It has become one of my favorite short pieces that I have written, and the images I see when I read it still touch me. I hope you enjoy it for this week’s Flashback Friday/Fiction Friday post.

I lean her tiny frame against my chest as I see her thin reflection in the bathroom mirror. I know she will not ask for help. Still, she has become so weak, so frail, that even the buttons on her shirt have become difficult for her. I slide my arms around her and begin at the top, pulling, twisting, and pulling each button through the stitched hole. As I see her profile in the mirror, I recognize the wear on her face, the shine of light from her head. I pull her shirt down off her shoulders as the water in the shower streams across the tile, beats rain-like patterns on the glass door. My hands move across her back to unhook her bra, and I slide the straps off her shoulders, remove the prosthesis. I run my hands down her shoulders, across her chest, her collarbone, her space where her breast used to be.

The scar from where she fought like a dragon feels smooth on my fingertips. The new form is different, yes, but beautiful still. Even more beautiful.

I help her climb the small step into the steam of the shower. I look through the glass, not bathed in water vapor, and I see her again for the first time.

These moments catch me off guard. I feel like I am the one who should fight this monster for her, but she has had to walk a path through darkness and pain I may never know.

My eyes begin to well, but the tears are not full of loss for her breast, her hair; instead a soft smile covers my face as a tiny drop streams down my cheek. I still have the most important thing to me in the entire world.

I still have her.

Catching up…

So, I’ve been a bit of a hermit lately in the blogosphere. Sorry! I have been working to edit my novel I wrote for NaNoWriMo 2012…it’s the deal I made with myself that I couldn’t do NaNoWriMo 2013 if I didn’t have my 2012 project in the next phase of pre-publishing–at least somewhat. I’m happy to say that it is getting close, and I am trying to figure out what friends love me enough to tell me the truth about if what I wrote last year is worth anything–yes, I want to hear the good, the bad, and the ugly about it–honestly–so I can re-work what is necessary to get it into a publishable state. 🙂

I’m grateful for the time of reflection during the editing process…and I’m grateful for the patience of the manuscript. It quietly waits for me through screaming children, dinner prep, and even my own thoughts wandering, pondering, and praying through some recent sad experiences of loved ones.

I have cried with my character’s losses again, as I did while writing it (which has been healing to my soul as I’ve allowed myself to shed tears for what is going on in my present life as well). And, I wonder if the power of the story will speak to others as it does to me. I am hopeful.

So, please pardon my absence. I am juggling life right now, continuing to celebrate gratitude, eating lots and lots of Skittles, and editing…so I can do it all over again!

And, mostly, I am happy! 🙂

Prayers that you are, too…and sending love and light your way…!

Writing a Scholarship Essay
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It’s that time of year… (Flashback Friday)

Here is a post I wrote several weeks ago and neglected to publish then…so, as a Flashback Friday post, here it is!

No, Christmas isn’t here yet (though the retail market has been gearing up for Halloween since August…and I am certain that Christmas decoration sales are fast approaching)…it’s time for an annual office visit that I find terribly perplexing. So perplexing, in fact, that I’ve been singing these words to the tune of LL Cool J’s “Going Back to Cali” while loading the dishwasher this morning:

(In case you forgot the tune, you can listen here. DISCLAIMER: I wouldn’t let my children watch this video–and I won’t watch it again. It’s definitely not Miley Cyrus at the VMA awards, but it still isn’t really appropriate…FYI. If I were you, I’d minimize the video and just take a little listen.)

I’m going to the Gyn-o
Gyn-o
Gyn-o
I’m going to the Gyn-o
No, I don’t think so
🙂

Well, I did confirm my appointment last week…so from a monetary standpoint (and from a health-related standpoint), I probably should keep the appointment.

I am thinking this morning, as a distraction, though, that I will go into the experience as a writing exercise. I have been trying to approach each experience as possible research for writing, and that helps me find value in whatever I am doing when I might ordinarily focus on fear. (And, singing a parody of an old 90’s song helps a bit, too.) 🙂

So, I am off to my day…to face my fear (and the stirrups).

Wish me luck! 🙂

Paper Clips & Post-it Notes

In the days of notes on our phones and tablets, I wonder if we are seeing another end of an era with the bygone days of paper clips and post-it notes.  Do you use such once-useful tools anymore?  Are paperclips used for more than fashion statements?  Will generations hence find them on dictionary.com with scanned-in photos like the once triumphant typewriter?


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Sure, I keep notes on my phone.  In fact, my child (with ulterior motives) questioned as I was making a list on my phone the other day why I didn’t write the list on a post-it note.


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I replied that using my phone was just easier.

So it is.

And, for you?