It's Finished!

37,500- That ended up being my final NaNoWriMo word count total. So, I’m bummed, thinking of course how I could have done, should have done more. At the same time, Im proud of what I did achieve and the things I learned along the way.

Thanks to everyone who helped me, with your positive comments and encouragement and thank you so much for following my blog! Good night, see you tomorrow because I am DONE writing for today, lol!!

Day 122- NaNoWriMo Final Push

Yea! It’s the last day and I can say I’ve given it as good a try as can be expected with everything else I have had going on this month. I’ve written through illnesses and appointments, work days and some nights, a wrecked house and less-than-perfect work space, and devoted more hours to writing than I ever have. I’ve made new friends along the way, started writing on more platforms and learned how to properly write essays and tell better stories.

I’m slightly worried about the state of my arse growing wider from all  the time spent in this chair, but other than that, I think it’s gone swimmingly, all things considered. (I do try to get up and stretch occasionally) So many good things have come out of  this exercise to reach the magic word count, and I’m happy to have participated again this year. My hope is that by next year, I might even be prepared to pen an actual novel! (or the start of one anyway)

I’ve come to the realization that I probably will not make the magic number of 50,000, even though I wrote diligently every day. I’m ok with that. I got further than last year, I can tell you that. I’ve had a lot of support along the way, mostly from fellow writers and bloggers, but even my husband has reached an understanding of what I’ve tried to accomplish and I’m happy to report that he has tried to be accommodating as I make my final push, he knows how hard I’ve worked and cannot believe that I didn’t reach my goal. He has also tried to make me feel better about myself, since I’ve been down about not achieving nanaowrimo success. I’m still a winner in his eyes. 🙂

My word count up to the point where I started my last day of writing this morning (early) was 34,838, and I hope to at least crest the 40,000 mark by day’s end. Everyone knows that reads this here blog that today is my day for visiting my Dad, so the writing time will be mainly this morning. I might be able to cram a little bit more in before supper tonight, if I’m lucky.

All in all it’s been a great learning experience, I’ve started writing on more publications, developed some good daily habits, and sent off more work to paying publications than ever before. (maybe I’ll finally see a check in a month or two) Editors do take a bit of time to read one’s work, so the money doesn’t come until weeks, sometimes months, after the work has been submitted. I’ve also learned that things flow much smoother if one has a plan, so each day, I start by looking at my calendar and all of my self imposed assignments for that day, which gives me the drive to want to accomplish each daily task. Doing this exercise has also taught me that I really do love writing, and I want to continue learning how to become better at it, even if that means more classes on or off the internet. As far as my blog is concerned, I really need to spend some time making an editorial calendar for next year, with a solid plan on what subjects I will tackle each day, even though life throws you a curve every now and then and changes will sometimes have to be made.

I’ve loved participating in various blogger challenges, so if those come along, I’ll just change my plan for that day, or write a second blog entry- no harm in doing that, right?

I hope you have all enjoyed following me along in my journey and I know some of you might be as ready for it to end as I am, even though it’s been real, I now have so much other work to do as a result, I’m ready to get on with other tasks. Tasks, like my stories for The Weekly Knob have me stretching my creative muscles, and daily assignments like 100 Naked Words have me simply putting my thoughts and feelings on the page. I’m hoping my experience will get me published in more paying publications, now that I’ve conquered my fear of “putting myself out there” and writing on Medium has helped me so much in that way. Having another editor tell me he wanted to use one of my pieces for his publication was a boon to my ego and I am grateful to be writing for a third publication on Medium-The Creative Cafe. I can choose when I want to submit a piece there, which makes me relax and create when the mood strikes.

I’m taking a much needed break for some breakfast, but before I go, I’ll leave you with this: keep writing, I love reading what all of you post as much as I love writing my own. I hope some of you decide to take a stab at this exercise next year, it’s a great experience. We are all striving to make a mark, have a voice and help our fellow writers in whatever they are trying to accomplish. I’ll see you all tomorrow as we start a new month and go into the Christmas season with so much more material to write about! I can’t wait to get started, how about you? Have a great day everyone- see ya later, on the patio! 😉



Stage One Done

Thanks to everyone for your prayers, Dave handled the procedure like a trooper and is resting comfortably tonight. Naturally, he’s a bit sore and feeling a bit violated, but other than that, he’s doing pretty good.

Stage two is waiting for the results, which will be known at his next Tuesday appointment. More prayers are requested, although I am convinced the results will be negative. I think his doctor was just being extra thorough and we have to be thankful for that.

Special thanks go out to our pastor, Mike, who paid us a visit last night and prayed with us. Prayer works and I’m grateful to him for his timely visit. Please keep him in your thoughts and prayers during the next week and I will be forever grateful 😊

Day 121- Computer Glitches

Help! I beg of you. Anyone who has experienced a glitch, temporary or otherwise, knows how frustrating it is to not be able to do what they do on a regular all of a sudden.

Yesterday, I was attempting to write my blog, since I have my own little system, I’ll try to explain what happened. For whatever reason, I can’t usually add my pictures from my Mac, so, I write the bulk of the blog there first, then I go to my trusty IPad and add the pictures there. Well…normally, my admin area is at the bottom left hand of the dashboard and that’s where I go to access my latest post to make edits. Yesterday, however, it has suddenly disappeared! Luckily, my husband somehow got me where I needed to be, but the problem is still not solved.

Does anyone know what might be going on? Can you give me a hint, a clue, I have to fix this quickly or the blogging world as I know it may come to an end! Ok, that might be a little drastic but seriously, did it do some kind of update I’m not aware of or what? Why would the admin area just disappear? Thing is, I can get to my blog editor another way but it just doesn’t behave the same way as if I access it from the admin side. I can’t explain it, I’m not tech savvy. Another thing I recently noticed is that my writing seems too close together, even when I space between commas and words, it looks too close. Don’t know why that is happening either.

So…if anyone can give this poor non-computer literate female a hand, it would be greatly appreciated!

Day 120- Kitchen Update and Cyber Monday

I thought that today I’d show you how much we got done in the kitchen this weekend, since that was what took up the bulk of our time, however, looking at the pictures doesn’t explain much. I”m here to tell you, my husband worked his fanny off while I stayed holed up in the office, trying to get as much writing done as possible to complete the NaNoWriMo exercise. (I helped when he needed it) Anyway, he got the ceiling scraped while I was at church on Sunday, and Saturday he did all the taping and bedding and necessary wall prep so that it is ready for paint.  He also installed some electrical boxes and painted some trim in the hallway and living room that still needed to be done.

Prepped kitchen
Prepped kitchen


We took some time out to go do a little shopping for a small microwave, and the paint color, as well as the color for the cabinets. We think we have chosen what kind of granite we want for the counter tops too. We did a little shopping yesterday for the new grand baby as well, since I finished the blanket. (I didn’t want to send one little old blanket in the mail, that just seemed silly!) Now I just need to put some filler in the top of the oversized box we used, lol, and wrap it and mail it.

To everyone out there with a computer, today is also Cyber Monday. Again, I fall into that trap of not knowing what to buy, I’m one of those people that like to get someone what they want, and who knows what anyone wants at this point? Except one of my sons, who still thinks Christmas is all about what he wants, lol. HE certainly has a list prepared. There are hundreds of places determined to get you to part with your money today,  Amazon being one of them. My inbox is chock-a-block full of the others, sending me the best deals with whatever the percentage off it is they are offering. Amazon seems the best choice, since they offer everything from (toy) firetrucks to furbies, dvds to dishwashers and every electronic gadget you can think of. They have Deals of the Day, Lightening Deals and, if you are a member of Prime, special discounts ought you too! The deals don’t stop today though, so don’t feel pressured. Next week starts the 12 days of Deals and you find out all about that come Dec. 4th.

Well, that’s all I have for today-come back tomorrow for an update on how my husband and Dad did on their doctor visits tomorrow and whatever else I think of to feature between now and then.  A good bit of news to report is, one of my articles is to be in next month’s VitaBella magazine! I will share that link as soon as I get it. Not sure if I will get paid, but hey- I’ll at least be published, yea!! I’m off now to go start the process of writing another article or essay, this time for a definite paycheck (if it gets accepted, of course), so wish me luck!