Day 98-Free Days-How I'm Making NaNoWriMo Work For Me

If you are a writer, you’ve most likely heard that this is the month for NaNoWriMo, or National Novel Writer’s Month.

My personal page showing my word count before today
My personal page showing my word count before today

As I’ve expressed here on my blog before, I’ve joined the challenge again this year as a Rebel, someone doing the challenge for word count only. I am also doing it to increase my speed and in the process, learn a bit more about story telling.

I’m proud of my word count so far, even though I am consumed by thoughts of what I should be doing to increase my word count all the time, to the point my dear hubby is probably annoyed with me. It is hard not to though, I have to write 50,000 words by the end of the month and this is my strategy:

  1. Using my blog
  2. Writing my daily post for 100 Naked Words on Medium
  3. Writing a story every week for submission to The Weekly Knob on  Medium
  4. Writing notes while working on a class I’m taking from Shaunta Grimes called How to Develop and Test a Story Idea
  5. Writing articles or essays for paid publications (in hopes of getting paid, lol)

Yes, it would be nice to get paid eventually for some of my writing, that is one thing I aim to accomplish after a year (or have I been writing for two?) of being on this journey. I’m learning a lot, and anything I write can be counted as part of my word total for NaNoWriMo. I’m sure that some people count everything, comments they make on other people’s posts, lists they make, whatever. Not me, just the above mentioned and anything else lengthy-even a long email.

If I’m doing it wrong, no one has pointed it out yet-and this challenge is based on an honesty policy, you don’t cheat anyone but yourself if you lie about your word count. So I’m shorting myself, if anything, by not including every single word I write. For me, it’s not about that, I want to hone my skills as a blogger, storyteller, writer of all forms and that is why I’ve taken the challenge again this year.

I was already doing the 365 day project on this here blog, so it’s a given that I would add my blog posts every day. The new writing I’m doing on Medium for various publications and the daily one, add even more. Then I discovered that I could learn some valuable lessons in storytelling from Shaunta’s class and up my word count in the process. Then, on Tuesdays-my designated writing day, I can really turn on the burners and do all of that and try to make money writing for paid publications. It all adds up, rather quickly in fact. So wish me luck and join in on the fun yourself, if you’re up to the challenge.

I wonder how many of you are doing the challenge, in secret, or in public- I don’t hear of as many bloggers, as I do people who write in other areas on other platforms. If you are, tell me about it in the comments as well as sharing your thoughts on my strategy. Do you hole yourself up in a room for hours or days at a time? Are you also driving your family nuts with what you call “this writing thing” as I am? Do you feel verified as a writer? I want to know. I sometimes feel like my family and friends don’t understand the passion I feel, or how important it is to me to make it as a writer. It isn’t a hobby to me. It’s becoming a true love.

 

Day 97-Free Days-The Great Cabinet Hunt

Well, today my bruised and battered hubby made the haul to Dallas with me to start the search for affordable kitchen cabinets. He did demolish ours, after all. We started at Seconds and Surplus-which was a complete bust. Not that they didn’t have some, just nothing like we wanted. Since we were already in the neighborhood, we headed down the road to Nebraska Furniture Mart, they don’t even do cabinets. Period. So, we broke for brunch at Mi Cocina, which was overpriced but alright Mexican food. I had to go without my normal margarita, but I lived. It was a personal choice, suffice it to say, been overdoing the sugar lately (in the form of drinks anyway)! Next on the list was the  place we were wanting to go in the first place, IKEA. What a disappointment! After finding all kinds of wonderful looking cabinets with pull outs, lazy Susan’s and sliders-everything I wanted-we discovered they are simply particle board with veneers. Damn. That simply won’t do in the kitchen, first time they get wet, they would blow up. After talking to other people, like builders and builder supply places, they agreed adding that the hinges are junk that break quickly as well. I was beyond bummed.

We wound up at Builder’s Supply (right by our house, lol) and folks, we may have a winner. They sat down and helped us design and plan out the whole kitchen, granted, we have to install them ourselves, but they had the style, colors, pull outs, soft close drawers and everything we were looking for. The price was unexpected, so we may take the info we gained and do some price comparisons online, however, I have the feeling we will go with them. If we find a better deal, you’ll be the first to know! We also looked for lights to go above our bed (struck out), and the baby stuff we need to buy for our son’s girlfriend’s baby-she is due within the week (they say). We decided we would shop online for the items and do the ship-to-store option, that way we don’t have to ship it ourselves. We are getting them a pack n play and a few other items, she got most of what she needed at or just after her baby shower. Say a prayer she has her soon, she is dilated to a 3cm and 50% effaced. Sounds like any day to me!

What, if any, kind of experience have you had with IKEA? Love it or hate it? Let me know in the comments along with any other tidbits you want to add. See ya manana, I’ve got lots more writing to do on the patio 😉

 

Day 96-Today in History-November 4th

I was uninspired as to what to blog about today, so I decided to do a little research and came up with a few interesting facts about today’s date in history.

The Space Shuttle Columbia
The Space Shuttle Columbia

In 1981, the second scheduled flight of the space shuttle Columbia was cancelled with only 31 seconds lefts in the countdown.

Hurricane Michelle
Hurricane Michelle

In 2001, Hurricane Michelle hit Cuba, destroying crops and thousands of homes. The United States the gesture of sending humanitarian aid. The next month, on December 16, Cuba received the first commercial food shipment from the U.S. in nearly 40 years.

"Will" Rogers
“Will” Rogers
"Art" Carney
“Art” Carney

Today is the birthday of many famous folks as well. Many have passed on, including “Will” Rogers, Walter Cronkite, “Art” Carney, and Cameron Mitchell

Loretta Swit
Loretta Swit

Still with us today are: Loretta Swit, Laura Bush, Jeff Probst and Matthew McConaughey

Jeff Probst
Jeff Probst
Matthew Mc Conaughey
Matthew Mc Conaughey

In 1984, Prince’s “Purple Rain” tour began with seven sold out shows at Detroit’s Joe Louis Arena. Sheila E was the opening act.

Prince- Purple Rain Tour
Prince- Purple Rain Tour

In 1972, The Jackson Five appeared on “Soul Train”- Unfortunately, I was unable to capture an image for this one.

In 1957, Jerry Lee Lewis performed “Great Balls of Fire” on “American Bandstand”

Jerry Lee Lewis on American Bandstand
Jerry Lee Lewis on American Bandstand

Maybe if everyone likes this post, and wants to see more like it, I could make it a regular Friday feature! Let me know in the comments. Enjoy your evening, now go make some history of your own!

 

Day 95-Surgery Day or Why We Got Little Sleep

So, I’ve been kicked out of the office for the actual surgery. We waited a long, nervous 25 minutes or so, for the numbing medicine to take effect. I barely got to start this post and he was back at my side, to wait an hour and a half while they biopsy the tissue sample she removed. Dave says it feels more like a chunk was taken out, along with the feeling of her “scraping the bone”! Did I mention he’s a terrible waiter?? Lol, what they should have done was give him a Valium to take the minute he got to the office!

We’ve actually been “waiting” since 3:30am, since our dogs got me up to go out, that woke Dave up and soon the worrying commenced and sleep was done.

Those who have been following along know that I have ear problems. That, when the sensitivity is high, even the sheets rustling or the dog’s nails on the newly installed laminate flooring feels like someone driving an ice pick into my eardrum. This morning was one of those times. And no, alcohol was not a factor. I didn’t even have a glass of wine last night. I didn’t want to be groggy when we got up….which I am…..from 4 1/2 hrs of sleep.

We are hopeful that the surgeon does not have to take too big a patch of skin, considering where it is in proximity to his eye/nose. By the way, it was the same as last time-laid back in a chair, surgeon chasing the cancer cells with a scalpel blade. At least she was fast. I was picturing a surgi-center or outpatient clinic, so you can imagine how I was a little apprehensive when I saw it was going to be exactly the same way as last time he went through this.

Say a prayer they got it all this time and that she is more professional when patching him up. Guys sometimes thing scars are cool. My guy thinks smallest is best. I don’t care one way or the other, as long as he keeps his nose and doesn’t lose his eye, I’m all good. I mean, basal cell carcinoma is what we’re talking about here. It’s pretty serious if left unchecked. He went a year between the last surgery and this one.

Luckily, he’s getting Mohs surgery, touted as the Gold Standard in removal of this and squamous cell cancers. It’s a micrographic surgery developed by Dr Frederick Mohs in the 1930s. It has the lowest recurrence rate, highest cure rate and best cosmetic result of any skin cancer treatment.

Mohs surgical technique
Mohs surgical technique

Whew, I’m relaxed now, even if he still isn’t. Actually, he’s making jokes at this point, maybe the lidocaine soaked into his brain, lol. Surgery is nerve wracking for the patient, even on the best day in the best of circumstances. I am trying to be a good wife, patient and comforting, compassionate and caring. Before we get home, I’m sure I’ll have wanted to punch him in the nose, at least once, lol.  Did I mention he’s also a control freak?? Btw, I’m driving us home, no matter how much he protests!

Update: They had to go pretty deep, but they got it all-praise the Lord! Plus, he was so good on the way home, and now he is resting comfortably after having some lunch and a dose of Tylenol (the only thing they said he could have).We go back in a week for the suture removal, but he can take the big bandage off Saturday. No exercise or lifting for 2 weeks! We will get through it, lol. Just might have to put the remodel on hold for a bit. Thanks for all your prayers and well wishes!

Day 94-Meeting New Blogger Buddies

Wow, Nov 2 and our high here in the DFW metroplex will be 87! I’m sure that will change with the thunderstorms slowly moving in overnight. Not that I’m complaining about warm weather, I am a summer girl-a water baby-hey, I’m a Pisces after all!

Just an illustration of the possible weather change
Just an illustration of the possible weather change

I had a record day yesterday with my writing, accomplishing all the goals I set for myself and surpassing the word count I thought was possible! Yea! I started my day with the blog, moved on to a post for my daily writing assignment on 100 Naked Words, and then did an essay for a magazine that I hope will get published (and pay me). By the time I was through, I had racked up a word count of 2,645 and that went in my NaNoWriMo total for the day. Not bad I thought for the first day, if I could keep up that pace, I would be well on my way to the goal of 50,000 words for the month. Thing is, I had all day (with breaks of course) and I don’t have that luxury every day. Girl’s gotta work ya know, and there’s all the other stuff in the middle, but hey, that’s part of the challenge! You have to learn to fit it all in, make it work somehow, lots of other writers have a heck of a lot busier schedule than me. Later on, in the evening, I started composing my story for my post in The Weekly Knob, and that added some more to my word count, add in a couple of emails, and by 10pm it was up to 3,045! Woop!

Official Site NaNoWriMo.org
Official Site
NaNoWriMo.org

So, I didn’t get much feedback on the post from yesterday, thanks to those who did though. 🙂 Since one of the comments was how she liked to see the pictures of my family or project updates with accompanying photos, I thought I’d share a pic of our temporary spot our dish ware is living in until we finish (gotta start first, lol) the cabinets.

My dishes in their temporary location
My dishes in their temporary location

My hubby has been too tired after work to mess with the kitchen, hopefully, he won’t feel too bad this weekend following Thursday’s surgery, and we can go shopping for some. (cabinets, that is)! Yes, the dishes, glasses and cutlery had to go somewhere out of the way, so Dave built a temporary shelving unit in the dining room to house them for now. Luckily, I’m very adaptable to change and have already got used to their new location.

If you have some extra time on your hands and want to check out my little story from yesterday I posted on Medium/100 Naked Words called Fighting The Monsters, please do, it’s good for a chuckle. Also, while perusing other folk’s blogs last night, I came across one that had my crying from laughing so hard-that girl is cra cra!!! Her name is Suze and she blogs over at Obsolete Childhood– just read her intro page and you will be begging for more! I read two more posts in and had to stop for fear I’d wake my husband with all my tears and giggles. Then, check out her friend Cyranny for more amusement of a different sort, she posted a pic on Cyranny’s Cove in response to an award question that had me laughing so hard, I was shaking the bed and tears were flowing down my face! Go-check them both out, make some new friends and enjoy laughing for awhile, it sure beats crying or worrying about this upcoming election. (Though, it is a circus in it’s own right. ;)) Happy reading!